Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

Philippines: Senate launches probe of drug war murders

August 22, 2016
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"Philippine senators opened an inquiry Monday into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of gunning down suspects or being involved in illegal drugs. ... At least 1,779 drug suspects have been killed, including 712 who were gunned down in clashes with police, with the rest being slain in still-unclear circumstances, possibly by anti-vigilantes [sic], national police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa told the senators, adding that he did not condone extrajudicial killings." (08/22/16)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2016/08/22/philippine-senators-investigate-hundreds-of-drugs-killings.html  

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Philippines: Duterte threatens to leave UN over criticism

August 22, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to leave the United Nations in response to criticism of his approach to drug crime since taking office. The pugnacious new leader made the comments in a speech Sunday in Davao City, the southern Filipino city where he served as mayor for over two decades. 'Maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,' he said during the address." (08/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/21/asia/philippines-duterte-threatens-to-leave-un/  

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SD: Grandstanding idiot prosecutor goes after marijuana resort consultants

August 16, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Two consultants who helped a Native American tribe plan the nation's first marijuana resort entered opposing pleas Monday to drug offenses, with the attorney for the man who pleaded not guilty arguing outside of court that South Dakota's top prosecutor is proceeding under a 'legal fiction.' Jonathan Hunt, who oversaw the first crop for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy count in the city of Flandreau, which is adjacent to the tribe's reservation where the ambitious 'adult playground' never took off. ... Hagen's attorney, Mike Butler, spoke publicly for the first time Monday, blasting Attorney General Marty Jackley for charging his client because he 'couldn't go after the tribe.' 'I am yet unaware of any evidence, any evidence, that my client possessed even a gram of marijuana,' Butler said outside the courtroom." (08/15/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/adviser-tribes-pot-resort-pleads-guilty-drug-charge-41395599  

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DEA denies reality, rejects reclassification of cannabis

August 15, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"In 2011 the Governors of Rhode Island and Washington petitioned the DEA 'to reclassify cannabis for medical use from a Schedule I controlled substance to a Schedule II [substance].' It took nearly 5 years for the DEA to respond. And the response was a very wordy 'no!' ... While some are applauding the DEA on allowing expanded growth & distribution of cannabis for FDA-authorized research purposes, the DEA policies are still out of sync with laws in 25 states and the District of Columbia which allow for the medical use of cannabis, with certain restrictions." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/14/16)

http://fpp.cc/dea-denies-reality-rejects-reclassification-of-cannabis/  

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Cash, baby

August 14, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"With all of the news of corruption surround the drug war it amazes me that so many Americans are still being suckered by the claim that it's about protecting people. Using drugs certainly caries the chance of developing negative side-effects or dying. But having men with guns who are too lazy to verify an address kick in your door at oh dark thirty and shoot you is a guarantee of negative side-effects or death. And if that wasn't enough the drug war also opens the door for rampant corruption." (08/12/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/08/12/cash-baby/  

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DEA: Our Big Pharma masters said to keep insisting marijuana is evil and dangerous so we will

August 12, 2016
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Orange County Register    

"Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration planned to announce Thursday that it would keep marijuana classified as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs, similar to heroin and LSD. The long-awaited decision by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration keeps intact a 1970 law that lists marijuana as Schedule 1 drug, one defined as having no medical value. That runs counter to decisions made by 26 states that have already approved use of the drug as medicine. The DEA's ruling shocked legalization supporters, many of whom had considered Obama an ally after the Justice Department decided in 2013 to allow [sic] Washington state and Colorado to sell recreational marijuana." (08/11/16)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-725398-dea-legalization.html  

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Coca-Cola, cronyism, and the war on drugs

August 9, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton  

"By the 1930s, Coca-Cola was massively popular, which is why the US government was willing to grant them an exception for obtaining a regulated product (even without the narcotic element, the coca leaf itself was a regulated substance). As early as the 1930s, other competitors such as the S.B. Penick Company tried to get permission to purchase coca leaf flavoring ingredients from Maywood, but all such requests were declined by Anslinger. The federal government was officially working to suppress potential Coca-Cola competitors. By the United States's entry into World War II, Coca-Cola was lobbying for and receiving even more special exceptions to government regulations that its competitors did not enjoy. In 1942, a Coca-Cola executive sat on the board for sugar rationing and obtained special exemptions from the restrictions, which allowed them to open up sixty-four new bottling plants while other prospective soft drink producers had difficulty obtaining ingredients due to government trade restrictions." (08/09/16)

https://mises.org/blog/coca-cola-cronyism-and-war-drugs  

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Drug war theater: US Surgeon General tries to whip up opioid panic

August 9, 2016
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NorthJersey.com    

"The U.S. surgeon general called Monday for a national effort to tame opioid addiction by urging physicians to write fewer prescriptions and for communities to expand treatment -- a public health [sic] campaign that he said was as important as the war on smoking that drastically reduced tobacco use. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy addressed more than 400 people at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, part of a national tour to persuade physicians, policymakers and families to rethink treatment options and the disease [sic] of opioid addiction that killed more than 28,000 people in the U.S. in 2014, more than any year on record." (08/08/16)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/surgeon-general-labels-opioid-addiction-a-national-crisis-calls-for-a-battle-like-anti-smoking-efforts-1.1641530  

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Color-conscious drug warriors breed mistrust

August 1, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Even conservatives who are generally skeptical of 'big government' and rarely reluctant to criticize its representatives tend to make an exception for public employees who wear uniforms and carry guns. That soft spot for armed agents of the state is not just philosophically inconsistent; it is empirically unjustified, as two recent studies of police behavior show. While one of the studies casts doubt on the claim that cops are quicker to shoot blacks than whites, they both confirm that encounters with police are racially skewed in ways that are hard to justify -- a troubling pattern that is closely correlated with the war on drugs." (08/01/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/01/color-conscious-drug-warriors-breed-ange  

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FL: Cops mistake white flakes from Krispy Kreme doughnut for crystal meth

July 28, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"An Orlando man was cleared on charges of crystal meth possession, but guilty of having a Krispy Kreme doughnut habit. A Florida cop mistook white flakes on his car's floor -- glazed sugar -- for crystal meth, charging him with possession of the illegal stimulant in December. 'I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic,' the officer wrote in her arrest report." [editor's note: A cop who doesn't know a doughnut after 11 years on the force? Not believable - TLK] (07/28/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-cops-mistake-krispy-kreme-doughnut-glaze-crystal-meth-article-1.2729757  

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Remorse

July 27, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"After the Iraq War, there was a fairly general sense that the war had been a mistake. There was a sense of remorse over a needless cost of 1000s of American lives, and even more Iraqis. I'm going to predict that if and when pot and kidney sales are legalized, and widely accepted to be the right policy, there will be no similar sense of remorse. Supporters of the war on drugs will not feel a sense of remorse that 1000s were imprisoned for no good reason. If that sense of remorse were going to show up, I'd already expect it to be in evidence by now. ... If kidney sales are legalized, many 1000s of lives will be saved each year. These will be people who now die due to the influence of lobbies such as the AMA. If kidney sales are later legalized, and the policy is seen as working, will the AMA feel a sense of remorse? I doubt it, but I'm not sure why." (07/26/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/pot_legalizatio.html  

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Beware of the $2 drug test that could cost you everything

July 26, 2016
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Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"Although I have written over fifty articles on the injustice, hypocrisy, insanity, senselessness, inhumanity, and evils of the government’s war on drugs, I am still learning about just how destructive to life, liberty, and property the drug war can be. Like the $2 drug test carried out by cops acting as chemists that could cost you everything. According to a major story ('Busted') by Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders for ProPublica that was co-published with the New York Times Magazine, 'Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test' even though 'widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives.'" (07/26/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/07/laurence-m-vance/2-drug-test/  

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The real reason pharma companies hate medical marijuana (it works)

July 20, 2016
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Whenever an irrational and inhumane law remains on the books far longer than any thinking person would consider appropriate, there’s usually one reason behind it: money. Unsurprisingly, the continued federal prohibition on marijuana and its absurd classification as a Schedule 1 drug is no exception. Thankfully, a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs shows us exactly why pharmaceutical companies are one of the leading voices against medical marijuana. It has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with corporate greed." (07/20/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/07/20/the-real-reason-pharma-companies-hate-medical-marijuana-it-works/  

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The war on drugs has made policing more violent

July 20, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks  

"American policing today has become increasingly aggressive and, at times, even predatory. Policies and tactics have evolved to make police contact more confrontational. In so doing, they have increased the chances of violence and fatal uses of force. This has been particularly true of efforts aimed at fighting the Drug War. Police are incentivized to initiate unnecessary contact with pedestrians and motorists, and they do so most often against ethnic and racial minorities. Such over-policing engenders resentment among minority communities and jeopardizes public safety." (07/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/war-drugs-has-made-policing-more-violent  

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The Bob Zadek Show, 07/17/16

July 19, 2016
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Bob Zadek The Bob Zadek Show
by  

"Dr. Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, joins the show to discuss the history of the War on Drugs, and the efforts to legalize certain scheduled substances through formal FDA approval." [various formats] (07/17/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/7/15/running-from-office-jennifer-l-lawless-on-millenials-and-politics  

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WA: Bureaucrats unveil new operation to scare the public over marijuana

July 14, 2016
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KOMO News    

"It's a label meant to help save your child's life [sic] if they get a hold of those edible goodies you bought from a marijuana store. Registered nurse Joan Gibson has been taking calls for the Washington Poison Center for more than two decades. She has received several calls from kids who accidentally ate their parents' marijuana-baked goodies -- the kind that look like cakes, and cookies, candy or brownies. On average, Gibson says she'll get one to two of those calls each month. 'They're too drowsy, too affected by it,' said Gibson. Sometimes she can advise parents what to do over the phone, and other times the children need [sic] to be rushed to a hospital for emergency care." [editor's note: A 19-year-old jumped to his death from a balcony after eating cannabis edibles. Were the two things connected? If so, that's the only death associated with them that I've seen reported - TLK] (07/13/16)

http://komonews.com/news/local/new-marijuana-warning-label-aims-to-keep-kids-from-eating-edibles  

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Johnson: Drug war “root cause” of police shootings

July 10, 2016
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Politico    

"Gary Johnson believes the tensions between police and minorities that led to two high-profile police shootings and the deaths of five Dallas police officers has a root cause: The long-running war on drugs. The Libertarian [sic] nominee for president did not directly tie the drug war to the shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana by police or the sniper killings of five officers in Texas this week. But poor relations between police and African-Americans stems from the criminalization of drug use, he said." (07/08/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/gary-johnson-dallas-shooting-225294  

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Rodrigo Duterte: New drug war poster child

July 7, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"If you would like to see where 'winning' the drug war would take America, consider what Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte, who is undoubtedly the new poster boy of very American drug-war proponent, is doing in that country. Winning the presidential election on a platform of 'crushing crime,' Duterte has gone on a rampage of state violence in an attempt to win the war on drugs, once and for all. Since he was elected last Thursday, he has already killed thirty suspected drug dealers. The operative word is 'suspected.' None of the people who were killed were accorded trials or due process of law." (07/07/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/07/rodrigo-duterte-new-drug-war-poster-child/  

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FL: “Miami-Dade Police Department” gangsters steal millions from home

June 30, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Authorities found millions of dollars stashed inside buckets hidden in attic walls, along with drugs and a gun, during a search of a home in the Miami area. Between $10 million and $20 million in cash was found after a search of a business and a home, according to arrest documents from the Miami-Dade Police Department. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, and his sister, Salma Gonzalez, 32, were arrested Wednesday .... Hernandez-Gonzalez is facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges. His sister, who was arrested at the business, is facing marijuana possession and trafficking charges." [editor's note: Talk about insult to injury. Most gang-bangers would take the drugs, guns and cash but after that leave their victims alone unless there was some reason to kill them on the spot. These guys throw in kidnapping -- likely long-term -- to boot! - TLK] (06/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/us/florida-cash-drugs-gun-found-in-home/index.html  

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The hot land

June 30, 2016
posted by

The Intercept The Intercept
by Ryan Devereaux  

"When Enrique Pena Nieto assumed office as president of Mexico in 2012, he did not want to talk about the drug war. He had staked his candidacy on promises of reform; on the possibility of a Mexico freed from depictions in the international press of a nation defined by violence. That was an attractive idea. After all, the loss of life under Pena Nieto's predecessor, Felipe Calderon, who sent the military into the streets to do battle with organized crime, had been historic, with even the most conservative estimates of the dead and disappeared soaring well into the six-figure range. Pena Nieto avoided references to a sweeping, militarized campaign against drug cartels -- the defining feature of Calderon’s tenure -- instead favoring more generalized references to public security. Unfortunately, avoiding the subject didn't make it go away. Within two years, Mexican security forces at all levels would be implicated in a series of grisly crimes." (06/29/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/29/after-uprising-in-mexico-return-of-narco-warlords/  

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Federal drug enforcement tyranny in Colorado and Washington

June 29, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Although Colorado and Washington have legalized the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, possession and distribution of the drug remain a crime under federal law. However, the U.S. government, including the DEA, has been exempting the residents of those two states from federal drug law enforcement. That is obviously a good thing for people selling or consuming marijuana in those two states. However, it is not a good thing when it comes to the rule of law and the principle of equal treatment under law." (06/29/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/29/federal-drug-enforcement-tyranny-colorado-washington/  

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Libertarians for drug prohibition?

June 28, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"During a CNN town hall last week, a member of the audience asked Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, about heroin legalization. Although the former New Mexico governor correctly pointed out that prohibition makes heroin use more dangerous, he disclaimed any interest in repealing it, saying his legalization agenda is limited to marijuana. He thereby undercut the utilitarian case against drug prohibition and missed an opportunity to make a moral case for individual freedom." (06/27/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/27/libertarians-for-drug-prohibition  

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CO: Youth marijuana use hasn’t gone up since legalization

June 21, 2016
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CBS Denver 4    

"Marijuana use among Colorado high schoolers has not increased since legalization, the state Health Department reported Monday in a new batch of youth survey results. The 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey of about 17,000 middle and high school students across the state showed that 21.2 percent of high school students reported that they currently use pot. That’s just a hair below the national average, which was 21.7 percent." (06/20/16)

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/colorado-marijuana-youth-use-legalization/  

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Again, you can’t keep kosher if you insist that your diet include ham

June 20, 2016
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Here's a letter to the Wall Street Journal: You rightly celebrate recent court rulings that pushed the Justice Department to drop its unjust charge that FedEx conspired with illegal online pharmacies to transport drugs to buyers without valid prescriptions ('FedEx's Vindication,' June 20). As you note, '[t]he only way it [FedEx] could know whether packages include illegal drugs is by tearing them open and investigating the prescriptions' -- a practice not only inconsistent with good business practice but also destructive of customers' privacy. Yet because you've long championed the 'war on drugs,' you bear some portion of the blame for such outrages as this DOJ persecution of FedEx." (06/20/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/06/again-you-cant-eat-kosher-if-you-insist-that-your-diet-include-ham.html  

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OH: Kasich signs medical marijuana bill

June 9, 2016
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Cleveland.com    

"With little fanfare, Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed a law creating a strictly regulated medical marijuana program. ... The new law goes into effect 90 days after the bill is officially filed with the secretary of state, making the marijuana legal sometime in early September. At that time, patients will have an 'affirmative defense' against prosecution for marijuana possession charges if they have written permission from their doctor to use marijuana in a form allowed under the law. It could be a year or more until Ohioans can walk into a dispensary and buy medical marijuana." (06/08/16)

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/06/gov_john_kasich_signs_medical.html  

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