Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

DC legalizes pot despite threats from Congress

February 26, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m." (02/26/15)

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Jamaica: Lawmakers pass act decriminalizing small amounts of pot

February 24, 2015
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"Jamaica lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island. The drug has long been culturally entrenched but illegal in the Caribbean nation." (02/24/15)

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AK: Recreational marijuana becomes legal as campaign spreads

February 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States' wild northwest frontier. The Republican-leaning state, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington states in allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug, which remains illegal under federal law. Anyone aged 21 or older can now possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Alaska and can grow up to six marijuana plants, three of which can be flowering." (02/24/15)

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Indonesia: Regime transfers eight entrepreneurs to killing facility

February 16, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, will be transferred to an Indonesian prison island this week for imminent [killing] despite international appeals for clemency, an official said Monday. ... Among the eight are Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, the ringleaders of a group of nine Australians arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin to Australia from the Indonesian resort island of Bali. ... Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials met with embassy representatives from the foreign death row inmates' countries Monday to discuss the [killings]. The representatives and the Indonesian officials declined to talk to the media after the meeting." (02/16/15)

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Study: Marijuana has no significant effect on driving ability

February 12, 2015
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Los Angeles Weekly    

"A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (not the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, surprisingly), says smoking pot does not have a significant effect on a person's ability to drive. ... Reviewing over 10,000 drivers in Virginia, some involved in crashes and some not, researchers discovered that marijuana didn't pose a major factor in accidents. When accounting for the age and sex of the stoned drivers involved in crashes, marijuana posed no substantial factor, i.e., the high drivers who crashed were predominantly young and male, two factors common in many crash-causers." [editor's note: Not surprising, given that every other study on the subject has returned similar findings. IIRC, one Canadian study found that drivers under the influence of marijuana were actually safer than "completely straight" drivers - TLK] (02/11/15)

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US Senate confirms career drug thug to ONDCP gang’s top slot

February 9, 2015
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San Luis Obispo Tribune    

"The U.S. officially got a new drug czar on Monday. On a vote of 92-0, the Senate approved Michael Botticelli for the post. He had been the acting drug czar since March of last year. ... Botticelli, who cleared the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, rose to prominence as the head of the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services." [editor's note: I guess recidivism is still a problem, huh? - TLK] (02/09/15)

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Surgeon General: Data shows marijuana “can be helpful”

February 6, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has admitted that weed is beneficial in the treatment of certain conditions. It’s seemingly a small step forward, but some medical marijuana advocates think it will make all the difference in the battle for legalizing weed. On Wednesday, Murthy answered questions about the measles outbreak -- noting primarily that vaccines are safe -- but was prodded to discuss his opinion on medical marijuana. His response showed that his take on medical marijuana is open but cautious." (02/05/15)

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Let people choose their own drug policies

February 4, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Stanton Peele  

"What if we just allowed people to take drugs in a supportive social milieu that clearly signals appropriate behavior?" (02/03/15)

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Baby steps in reform

February 4, 2015
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Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Bounkham 'Bou Bou' Phonesavanh was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His crib. The Georgia toddler was badly burned by a flash grenade during a drug raid gone wrong. A remorseful sheriff's department claims they could not have known what would happen. But such botches are not rare. ... A couple of Georgia lawmakers have offered legislation to reduce the chances of such collateral damage. One would slightly restrict the circumstances in which no-knock warrants could be issued. Another would require most no-knock raids to be conducted between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Though modest steps, they may help save some lives. But the fundamental problem? The persistence of the War on Drugs." (02/03/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/03/baby/  

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“Our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit”

February 3, 2015
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Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"Granted that there are many who don't wish to explore or find about about the nature of consciousness -- whether our understanding of the world could be enhanced by the temporary lowering of internal, learned filters that limit our perceptions -- does that give them any right to limit such explorations of our own minds by those of us who do?" (02/02/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2381  

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Jurors can’t know pot growers are patients

February 2, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Imagine you are a juror in the federal trial of five people charged with growing and distributing marijuana in northeastern Washington. The prosecution cannot present any direct evidence that the defendants sold marijuana to anyone, and the defendants say they were growing all 74 plants for their own personal use. A bit of arithmetic reveals that the total number of plants comes to just under 15 per defendant, which happens to be the presumptive limit for patients under Washington's medical marijuana law. Yet no one says anything about medical marijuana during the trial. What you don't realize is that the defense attorneys have been forbidden to discuss their clients' reliance on Washington's law, since federal law bans marijuana for all purposes. You also do not realize that each of the defendants faces at least 10 years in federal prison, because their lawyers are not allowed to talk about that either." (02/02/15)

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In Senate hearings, Lynch proves she doesn’t understand that whole separation of powers thing

January 29, 2015
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Fox 31 Denver    

"Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch promised a better relationship with Congress during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, hoping to turn the page from her would-be predecessor, Eric Holder. ... 'I can tell you that not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization,' she said. 'Nor will it be the position, should I be confirmed as attorney general.' ... [US Senator Lindsey Graham, Taliban-SC] also asked Lynch whether she supports the death penalty, to which she responded: 'I believe that the death penalty is an effective penalty.'" [editor's note: The Department of Justice shouldn't HAVE a position on marijuana legalization or capital punishment. It's part of the executive branch, not part of the legislative branch - TLK] (01/28/15)

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Mexico: Meth-toting drone crashes near US border

January 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A drug-toting drone has crashed into a supermarket parking lot in Mexico, a couple of miles from the U.S. border. Authorities said the remote-controlled drone was toting more than six pounds of methamphetamine when it crashed Tuesday night in Tijuana, near the San Ysidro Border Crossing and about 15 miles from San Diego. Six meth packets were strapped to the aircraft with plastic webbing and black tape, police said. ... Traffickers have used drones to do their dirty work for several years, according to the Latin Times. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported that, in 2012, about 150 passes were made across the U.S.-Mexico border." (01/22/15)

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Indonesia: Regime kills six for unauthorized entrepreneurial activities

January 19, 2015
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Time    

"Indonesia['s regime killed] six people convicted of drug crimes just after midnight Saturday, after rejecting last-minute appeals and clemency requests from foreign leaders whose citizens were among those sentenced to death. Officials confirmed that four men from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands and one woman from Indonesia were [killed] in pairs by a firing squad on Nusakambangan Island, which is just off the southern coast of Java, the Associated Press reported. Another woman from Vietnam was [killed] in Boyolali, a regency in central Java." (01/18/15)

http://time.com/3673040/indonesia-execution/  

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Marijuana victory in DC is the result of state resistance and nullification

January 5, 2015
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Tenth Amendment Center
by Shane Trejo  

"While Pres. Obama’s signature on the massive spending bill passed by Congress last month resulted in another huge expansion of federal power in many areas, the bill also shows how the states actually won a long-standing battle against federal power. A measure in the controversial Omnibus spending bill will stop Department of Justice (DOJ) sanctioned raids of medical marijuana operations legal under state law. While it remains to be seen if the DOJ will abide by this new provision, it does signify yet another federal capitulation as the failed war on drugs works its way to a close." (01/03/15)

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The five best drug scares of 2014

December 30, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The history of drug control in America is a series of panic-propelled policies, most of which have not turned out very well. Those of us who support a calmer, more tolerant approach to psychoactive substances therefore spend much of our time defusing scares aimed at justifying or expanding the government's role in policing our bloodstreams. Here are some of my favorites from the past year." (12/29/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/29/the-5-best-drug-scares-of-2014  

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Sex, spice and small-town Texas justice

December 29, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Anthony L Fisher  

"Why did the government go after The Purple Zone? The DEA says the raid was one in a series of nationwide enforcement actions carried out that day with the goal of taking down purveyors of synthetic drugs who funnel their proceeds to Middle Eastern terrorists. It also says that Lipsen was a prime suspect. But as a Jew and avid supporter of Israel, she hardly fits the profile of an Islamic terrorism financier. A more likely reason: Brewster County District Attorney Rod Ponton is Lipsen's jilted ex-lover, and has been carrying out a personal vendetta against her for the past few years. He prompted federal law enforcement agents to pursue a groundless and expensive crusade against her smoke shop, turning life for Lipsen and her family into a living hell." (for publication 01/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/27/sex-spice-and-small-town-texas  

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Mark Thornton on The Scott Horton Show

December 22, 2014
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Mark Thornton The Scott Horton Show
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"Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute, discusses the 100 year anniversary of the War on Drugs, its firm foundation in racism and bigotry, and how it has been taxed, regulated, and legislated into a multi-billion dollar government enterprise of destruction." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/12/18/121814-mark-thornton/  

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Drug wars and neoliberalism

December 22, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs  

"If one is to believe the agencies involved in this “war on drugs” and the media that slavishly repeats their version of events, the current battle in this war is between criminal cartels involved in drug trafficking and the law enforcement and military of the nations affected. Furthermore, goes the story, the only purpose of this war is to end the trafficking of drugs. Once that is done, the war will be over. Naturally, this begs the question: what will it take to win the war? The answer to that does not exist, simply because it is a war that cannot be won. Instead, it is a war designed to go on forever, making money for those who profit from its very existence." (12/19/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/19/drug-wars-and-neoliberalism/  

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Idiot pols file frivolous suit over Colorado’s legal marijuana

December 19, 2014
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana. Citing federal antidrug laws, particularly interstate drug trafficking, Nebraska and Oklahoma said in the lawsuit that Colorado's marijuana laws have 'created a dangerous gap in the federal drug-control system enacted by the United States Congress.'" (12/18/14)

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The war on drugs was born 100 years ago

December 18, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"The War on Drugs is 100 years old today. It kills thousands of people, destroys untold number of lives, and wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Plus it prevents us from using three of the most miraculous plants on the planet, even for their 'legitimate' uses." (12/16/14)

http://mises.org/library/war-drugs-was-born-100-years-ago  

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Texas cannabis conservatism faces reefer reformation

December 17, 2014
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"As a socially and politically conservative state, sometimes called The Buckle of the Bible Belt, there's little surprise that Texas can't pass a marijuana decriminalization law, a recreational marijuana law, or even a medical marijuana law. But a minor marijuana reform bill was announced Monday morning at the Texas State Capital. Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project and former Libertarian Party of Texas Membership Coordinator urged everyone on Monday to get behind a bill that would remove 'the threat of arrest, jail, and a criminal record' for possessing small amounts of the herb." (12/16/14)

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Reduce police abuse of blacks

December 8, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"There are many good arguments for ending the war on drugs, including that drug laws constitute a grave violation of the principles of freedom, that the drug war is a manifest failure, and that the drug war has produced massive negative consequences, such as death, ruination of lives, official corruption, gang wars, kidnappings, muggings, thefts, and asset-forfeiture laws. All that would disappear with the legalization of drugs. But that’s not all that would disappear. So would the biggest excuse that cops have today to harass and abuse blacks and anyone else bigoted cops want to go after." (12/08/14)

http://fff.org/2014/12/08/reduce-police-abuse-blacks/  

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Why not pardon drug war victims in addition to turkeys?

December 1, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Prior to Thanksgiving, President Obama continued the presidential tradition of pardoning two turkeys. Too bad he didn’t use the occasion to also pardon every single victim of the U.S. government’s decades-long failed and destructive war on drugs. I’m referring, of course, to all the people who have been convicted of violating federal laws against the possession or distribution of drugs, especially those people currently serving time in some federal penitentiary." (12/01/14)

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How many people does the war on drugs put in prison?

November 12, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Most libertarians blame the massive U.S. incarceration rate on the War on Drugs. At the federal level, this is hard to deny. But the federal level remains a small slice of the pie. At the state level, drug offenses are only 16% of the story. In absolute terms, of course, that's tons of people. Drug offenders outnumber murderers. They outnumber rapists. They outnumber robbers. Indeed, they are only slightly outnumbered by all property criminals combined. But at first glance, blaming the War of Drugs for mass imprisonment runs afoul of basic facts." (11/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/how_many_people.html  

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