Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

The black market correction

April 18, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Gabriel Amadej  

"It’s intriguing to see the progressive Left uniting against drug prohibition. They’re not with us in spirit, nor should they be, but they’ve laid the groundwork for its critique, and in a way that is sewn with the same threads of our passing commonalities. Many hold that only 'hard' drugs should be combated with force and other 'safe' drugs regulated in their consumption. This is certainly disappointing, but we, the decentralist Left, can exploit this opportunity." (04/16/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/26426  

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Online illegal drugs markets show us the potential benefits of legalisation

April 18, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Daniel Pryor  

"Growing up in Essex has made me appreciate why purchasing illegal drugs online is a far more attractive option. I have experienced the catastrophic effects of drug prohibition first-hand, and it is part of the reason that the issue means a great deal to me. Friends and acquaintances have had terrible experiences due to contamination from unscrupulous dealers with little incentive to raise their drugs’ quality, and every reason to lace their products with harmful additives. The violence associated with buying and selling drugs in person has affected the lives of people close to me." (04/17/14)

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Let’s say the libertarians get their way on the war on drugs … now what?

April 16, 2014
posted by

Ordinary Times
by Jaybird  

"The other night, I was speaking with some libertarian friends and one of them pointed out that, as a parent, he didn’t know what a post-legalization society would look like. I realized that I didn’t know either. This struck us as a problem. Now, the first thing I thought of was how our society deals with booze ... which, lemme tell ya, didn’t make me feel better about the problem." (04/16/14)

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A Democratic dilemma on legalizing pot

April 11, 2014
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"There's only one thing standing in the way of the Democratic Party using the pot issue to win elections: Democratic politicians." (04/10/14)

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A mother vs. an abusive nanny

April 11, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Valdenor Junior  

"What would you do if your daughter had an incurable disease? A daughter destined to spend the rest of her life having frequent seizures, uncontrollable by any medicine available in your country? Or, worse: whose only medicine could be acquired abroad, but your country forbids it and labels you a criminal if you do that? What would you do if, to control your daughter’s seizures and give her a modicum of comfort, you had to go against the state and import medical marijuana illegally? That is a true story." (04/10/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/26282  

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Republicans demand that the feds impose pot prohibition on the states that have opted out

April 10, 2014
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"This is the position that many Republicans, despite their supposed belief in federalism, have staked out with respect to the crumbling of pot prohibition. They not only accept the fanciful notion, which is no less absurd for having been endorsed by the Supreme Court, that interstate commerce includes marijuana that never crosses state lines, down to a plant in a cancer patient's yard or a bag of buds in her dresser drawer. They also argue, as Smith does, that 'state law conflicts with federal law' if it does not punish everything that Congress decides to treat as a crime. Hence the feds must step into the gap, raiding and busting state-licensed marijuana growers and sellers. According to Smith (and Ted Cruz, among others), Holder is obligated to crush the experiments in Colorado and Washington." (04/09/14)

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States target meth labs with “name-and-shame” strategy

April 7, 2014
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Fox News    

"As states struggle to clamp down on a growing meth epidemic, they're turning to a tactic commonly used to target sex offenders: name and shame. The latest state to go this route, Indiana, passed a law last month which would require the government to list the locations of busted meth labs on an online registry. It's a bid to shame not only the drug makers but also property owners and landlords. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, will give owners six months to clean up their methamphetamine mess. If they fail to do so, their properties will be placed on the online list." (04/07/14)

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The war on drugs remains literal

March 27, 2014
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Angell and his organization’s optimism notwithstanding, the war on drugs is still raging. And we need to keep remembering it’s truly a war. This means half the people in our bulging prisons are both casualties of and prisoners of war. And while we keep progressing with recreational legal marijuana laws and the loosening up of attitudes towards drugs, we cannot forget about the people who are still being punished due to the most dangerous moral panic in U.S. history. Legal precedent be damned; letting every single nonviolent drug criminal out of prison today would be the right thing to do." (03/27/14)

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Mandatory reefer madness

March 25, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Congress became afflicted with mandatory reefer madness about 30 years ago in the 1980’s under the Reagan administration when they passed into law extremely harsh guidelines and penalties for drug offenders of which judges were obligated to impose regardless of the circumstances. Innocent growers of pot plants in their basements have actually found themselves facing up to 20 years behind bars under those laws. That’s just what the statist prosecutors want because it keeps them employed prosecuting easy cases -- shooting thousands of non-violent ducks in a barrel." (03/24/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/03/mandatory-reefer-madness.html  

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CA: Drug testing for doctors on its way to ballot

March 25, 2014
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Central Valley Business Times    

"Californians may be asked when they vote in November to determine if doctors should be tested for drug abuse. The requirement is contained in a proposed initiative for which more than 840,000 signatures have been gathered and submitted for examination.
'The 'Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act' will save lives and prevent families across California from having to endure the tragedies ours have by creating accountability and transparency in medical care,' says Bob Pack, the initiative’s proponent." [editor's note: The more likely -- or at least the preferable -- outcome is that doctors will decide to move to areas where they are trusted instead of required to pee in a cup on demand, leaving a higher ratio of patients to doctors, reducing quality of care and increasing costs - TLK] (03/24/14)

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25490  

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Endogeneity and the drug war

March 25, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"[W]hat so few people seem to understand is that virtually all their horror stories about drugs occurred during a time when drugs were illegal. That is not in itself a slam-dunk argument for legalization. Much more is needed to make the case against the drug war. But if all these horror stories occurred during the drug war, it is hard to see how people can so easily think that these horror stories are an argument for the drug war." (03/24/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/03/endogeneity_and.html  

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Drug warriors just don’t get it

March 23, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, commanding general of the U.S. Southern Command, just doesn’t get it. Testifying before Congress, he lamented the movement toward legalizing drugs here in the United States. He suggested that Latin American officials, who have long been exhorted to fight the war on drugs, are losing faith in the United States and are viewing Americans as hypocrites. He also asserted, 'The levels of violence that our drug problem has caused in many of these countries is just astronomical.' Kelly is certainly right about the widespread violence in Latin America. Where he misses the boat, however, is his belief that the violence is due to drugs. It isn’t. The violence is due to the war on drugs, not drugs themselves." (03/21/14)

http://fff.org/2014/03/21/drug-warriors-just-dont-get-it/  

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How the drug war failed Philip Seymour Hoffman

March 19, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"Heroin kills talented people on a regular basis, but so does accidental choking, alcohol, and falling down staircases. In Hoffman’s case, the heroin he was consuming was potent and might have had a powerful added ingredient that made it deadly. Illegal drug consumption leads to thousands of overdose deaths each year. Prescription drugs, particularly pain killers, lead to many more. Going beyond the simple answer is difficult. Obviously, I can offer little in the way of understanding the personal circumstances of this case beyond that of a second-rate gossip columnist. However there are two things of note in the death of Hoffman that are more general and social in nature and therefore subject to economic analysis." (03/19/14)

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How will legalizing marijuana impact hard drug use?

March 6, 2014
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by James Schneider  

"While solid proof will take awhile, medical-marijuana laws may have provided some evidence already. Many states have laws that allow certain medical patients to purchase marijuana legally (currently 20 states and D.C. but more medical-marijuana states are probably on the way). These laws aren't ostensibly meant to allow people to obtain marijuana for recreational use, but it is generally believed that this happens anyway. Initial results from these states indicate that easier access to marijuana might decrease heroin use." (03/06/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/03/will_legalizing.html  

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DC: Council votes to decriminalize marijuana

March 4, 2014
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USA Today    

"The District of Columbia City Council voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation's capital. Mayor Vincent Gray said he intends to sign the measure, which replaces jail time with civil fines but does not legalize the use, possession, sale or growing of pot. Congress still has veto power, though that is considered unlikely given the divided control of each chamber, The Washington Post notes." (03/04/14)

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Mexico: Hundreds march for cartel boss

February 28, 2014
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USA Today    

"Sinaloa state authorities said on Thursday they are investigating who organized a march in which hundreds demanded the release of cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, a display of public support for crime boss in a state that many say he controls. ... Hundreds of people marched Wednesday night demanding that Mexican authorities free the boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. Many said he provides needed jobs in poor mountain areas. Norteno musicians played trumpets while high school students in uniforms held up signs reading 'We want Chapo free' and 'We Love Chapo' as they paraded in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, which is the cartel's bastion." (02/27/14)

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Is the drug war worth this?

February 27, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"So, there you have it. What good did El Chapo’s arrest do? No more good than the arrest of all the previous drug lords for the past 50 years! They bust one drug lord and he’s immediately replaced by another. The illegal drug trade just keeps going on and on. So, the obvious question: Why must we have another 50 years or 10 years or even one more day of this inanity? What is the point, other than to keep drug lords, judges, drug agents, court clerks, and others gainfully employed in this ridiculous business?" (02/27/14)

http://fff.org/2014/02/27/is-the-drug-war-worth-this/  

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Mexico: Vigilantes agree to join government forces

January 28, 2014
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Washington Post    

"'Self-defense' groups confronting a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan have agreed to join government law enforcement forces after months of firefights with gang members, many times as federal police and troops stood by. The government announced Monday that it had reached a deal with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms. ... The rise in fighting proved an embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto, drawing criticism that the administration brought on the rise of the armed groups by failing to stop the cartel’s abuses, and the government hopes the agreement will help restore order and get it back in control." [editor's note: Almost certainly a mistake on the militias' part; how long before they are disarmed, sent home, and left open as prey again, all so the state can say it's "in control?" - TLK] (01/27/14)

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Ending the war on pot is Obama’s best hope for a legacy

January 27, 2014
posted by

Nick Gillespie Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"With just three years left in office and a possible Republican landslide in the fall’s midterm elections, Obama must be in something close to panic mode. His health care plan seems like it’s imploding, his foreign policy and civil liberties record is awful, and the economy is still barely stumbling forward into an uncertain future. Enthusiastically winding down the federal war on pot would be popular with voters and, as important, wouldn’t require immediate cooperation from Congress." (01/25/14)

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Killer weed

January 26, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (01/24/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/01/killer-weed/  

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More on the drug war

January 20, 2014
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Bas van der Vossen  

"You may recall my previous post on the extreme injustice of the drug war. To my mind, this continues to be the most important, easy to solve issue facing us today. So I am always glad when there is reason for some (slight) optimism about the war on drugs. And there is now." (01/18/13)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2014/01/more-on-the-drug-war/  

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Coked-up cops

January 20, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"Asset forfeiture laws give police officers an incentive to bust people with property to seize. But few have taken this practice as far as the police of Sunrise, Florida, who posed as cocaine suppliers to lure targets into town. ... While local police said they were putting away dangerous drug dealers, the Sun Sentinel found that few of the people arrested through this program lived in the area. Most came from other cities or even other states. And far from capturing major players, the operation mostly nabbed low-level mules or people down on their luck. It did provide a nice gravy train for the small city's narcotics unit, bankrolling overtime and funding new equipment and training." (for publication 02/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/01/19/asset-forfeiture  

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End the drug war hypocrisy

January 19, 2014
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"It’s clear to me that the purpose of the War on Drugs ISN’T to get rid of drugs, but to ... continue the War on Drugs. Which means, more taxes, more police equipment, and more prisons to financially benefit your cronies. So let me be clear: I DO NOT CONSENT TO DRUG PROHIBITION! It’s NOT YOUR BUSINESS to tell people what they can ingest, or what they can purchase. Furthermore, the Constitution prohibits YOU from enacting and enforcing drug laws." (01/17/14)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/end-the-drug-war-hypocrisy  

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Should drug war victims pardon the drug warriors?

December 27, 2013
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It boggles the mind to think of all the people and their families who have had their lives ruined by the drug war, especially the ones who are living a substantial portion of the only life God gave them in some prison hellhole. It’s the drug warriors who are in need of a pardon from the people whose lives they have destroyed with their war on drugs." (12/26/13)

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Jury nullification accelerates the drug war’s demise

December 22, 2013
posted by

LewRockwell.Com
by Steve Silverman  

"I recently had the privilege of joining three jury nullification heavyweights on a panel hosted by the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The discussion focused on how strategic jury nullification can be used to dismantle the War on Drugs. If you watch this 84-minute panel from beginning to end, you’ll become a jury nullification genius. But if you don’t have the time to spare, I’ve prepared a rough transcription below featuring my favorite quotes and moments." (12/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/m3bmj7w  

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