Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

FL: Idiot pols want to outlaw public use of pharmaceuticals

September 17, 2014
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Reuters    

"A southwest Florida city took steps Wednesday to ban medical marijuana users from lighting up a joint in public if an amendment legalizing the drug's limited use statewide is approved by voters in November. 'Just because one person has the right to get high doesn’t mean everyone around them has to get high,' said Ben Nelson, mayor of Bonita Springs 15 miles north of Naples on Florida's west coast. The Bonita Springs city council voted to begin drawing up an ordinance to ban the drug in public places, Nelson said." (09/17/14)

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CA: ICE gangsters, accomplices invade LA fashion district; nine abducted, $65 million stolen

September 11, 2014
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Wall Street Journal    

"Nearly 1,000 federal and local law-enforcement agents swept into the Fashion District downtown Wednesday morning as part of a long-running investigation into alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. Officials arrested nine people and seized $65 million during what was called Operation Fashion Police, federal officials said Wednesday. According to court documents unsealed on Wednesday, garment businesses allegedly aided the cartels in getting proceeds from drug sales in the U.S. back into Mexico." (09/10/14)

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The new Jim Crow

September 10, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Elizabeth Tate  

"The United States’ War on Drugs has been a colossal failure. A live feed counting the amount spent on the drug war annually stood at $27 billion at the time of this writing. It has led to death and destruction here and in Mexico. It has created a lucrative black market. It has led to mass incarceration rates higher than any other country in the world. Even after all these failures, another one looms large: The War on Drugs furthers institutionalized racism, decimating communities of color and destroying families." (09/10/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/09/10/the-new-jim-crow/  

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Drug use in a free society

September 10, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"One of the criticisms that conservatives have leveled against the libertarian idea of drug legalization is that everyone in society will soon be hooked on drugs. The implication is that the only reason that everyone isn’t taking drugs is because of drug laws. As soon as drugs are legalized, conservatives say, everyone (including, presumably, them) will immediately become a drug addict. Amplifying on this point, conservatives point to the workplace, saying that drug legalization will mean that everyone will be going to work stoned. But that’s not what how free society works." (09/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/09/10/drug-use-in-a-free-society/  

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Drug warriors claim Colorado going to pot

September 10, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"The third report I came across was an editorial from the venerable Heritage Foundation. Given the previous reports, I was astonished to learn that in Colorado marijuana use was associated with an increase in highway fatalities, DUI arrests, underage consumption, drug-related student expulsions, college student use, and marijuana-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations. ... I began to get suspicious when I found out that the 'hard science and reliable data' were not collected, produced, or analyzed by the Heritage Foundation, but by some outfit named the 'Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' program." (09/09/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6872/Drug-Warriors-Claim-Colorado-Going-to-Pot  

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Pot prohibitionists in Oregon use taxpayer money to fight legalization

September 9, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"This fall Oregonians will decide the fate of Measure 91, which would legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Because Oregonians vote by mail, that process begins on October 15, when ballots will be mailed to registered voters. The taxpayer-subsidized Oregon Marijuana Education Tour, a week-long series of 'public forums coordinated by prevention specialists,' begins two weeks before then. The tour, which features several prominent opponents of Measure 91, is avowedly nonpolitical, supposedly aimed merely at answering the questions of people "concerned about the impact of marijuana on youth in Oregon." But the timing and the one-sided lineup of 'marijuana experts' -- who include Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis, spokesman for the No on 91 campaign, and Kevin Sabet, co-founder of the anti-pot group Project SAM -- suggest an intent to sway voters, which is legally problematic because the sponsors receive federal grant money." (09/08/14)

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Interview: Judge Jim Gray

August 25, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

Gray: "I saw that we were leading the world in the incarceration of our people, both by sheer numbers as well as per capita, ruining people's lives, and I decided the so-called remedy is worse than the disease -- namely, of course, drugs can be dangerous but they're made more dangerous because they're illegal so you have no quality control whatsoever, no say over the quantity sold, the place of sale, the licensing, the age restrictions, all of that. You soon learn that the term 'controlled substances' is the biggest oxymoron in our world today because as soon as you prohibit a substance you give up all of your controls, in effect, to the criminal element, to the bad guys. So who should do something about this more than a fairly conservative judge in a conservative county who's never used any form of illicit substances whatsoever?" (08/24/14)

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Of morality and failed business strategies

August 18, 2014
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Wilton Alston The Libertarian Standard
by Wilton Alston  

"Some time ago, back in 2013 in fact, Richard Branson published a piece on LinkedIn, under the heading of 'Big Idea 2013: This Year the Drug War Ends' wherein he positied, among other things, that if the War on (Some) Drugs was a business strategy, it would long ago have been scrapped. He’s absolutely correct. And he’s also absolutely incorrect. The War on (Some) Drugs is not a failed business strategy, and it is dangerous to even suggest that it is. Instead, it is a failed moral strategy." (08/15/14)

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Legalize opium, not heroin

August 18, 2014
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Gene Callahan The American Conservative
by Gene Callahan  

"That the war on drugs, in its current form, is a failure is obvious to all but the most blinkered observers. But the proper response to this failure is a matter of contention. Pope Francis, for instance, recently suggested we address the underlying causes of drug abuse (without ending prohibition). Others recommend treatment-based approaches. The more libertarian among us are likely to back complete legalization of all drugs. I would like to recommend a policy that does not reject any of the above as possibly the ultimate answer to this failure, but takes a measured, experimental step that, while running little risk of making matters significantly worse, holds out, I think, great hope for improving them." (08/15/14)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/legalize-opium-not-heroin/  

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NH: Hassan raises curtain on new drug war theater production

August 17, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting 'Smacked,' a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. The state of emergency authorizes public health officials to investigate stores and quarantine the product, and Hassan directed the officials to work with local police departments to do so." [editor's note: No word on Hassan calling for legalization of REAL marijuana, which is impossible, or close to impossible, to "overdose" on - TLK] (08/17/14)

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Sorry, drug legalization doesn’t solve racism

August 5, 2014
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Cathy Reisenwitz Liberty Chat
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"Marijuana prohibition has been a massive scourge on black communities. And people are right to celebrate the end of this particular form of institutionalized racism. But we are hardly out of the woods yet. As Kelli Gulite points out for Thoughts on Liberty, the ramifications of the drug war on black communities are sure to last long after prohibition ends. Just as the impact of redlining on black wealth accumulation is felt to this day, so will the impact of systematic harassment, alienation from police protection, and criminal records continue to oppress black communities going forward." (08/05/14)

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CO: Bureaucrats try to strangle marijuana market with packaging, potency diktats

August 4, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A Colorado task force charged with tightening controls on marijuana edibles unveiled proposed rules Friday to limit potency levels, require clearer labeling and assure that children cannot get their hands on pot-infused confections. Under the guidelines released by the Colorado Department of Revenue, serving sizes of edible pot products would be restricted to 10 mg of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, down from 100 mg. Packaging would also have to alert consumers that the items contain cannabis. Child-proof packages and health warning labels would need to be affixed to the products before they are shipped to pot stores." (08/03/14)

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Mexico: Former governor’s son charged over cartel meeting

August 3, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Federal prosecutors in Mexico have charged the son of a former governor in a crime-wracked western state with withholding evidence about a video that purportedly shows the son meeting with a leader of a drug cartel. A statement Sunday from the Attorney General's Office says Rodrigo Vallejo has been charged with the 'crime of concealment from a district judge.'" (08/03/14)

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Weed and guns

August 3, 2014
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Brian Doherty Reason
by Brian Doherty  

"Rowan Wilson had a Nevada state permit for medical marijuana. When she set out to buy a gun in 2011, she visited the shop of a licensed dealer who knew she had the permit and refused to sell her a firearm. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), it turns out, considers a medical marijuana permit holder to be an 'unlawful user of or addicted to' a 'controlled substance' and thus barred from legally purchasing guns." (07/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/03/weed-guns  

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“It’s strictly business”: Inside the prohibition racket

July 29, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Beneath the lurid violence of narcotics enforcement can be found the gray, undistinguished local bureaucrats who are actually in charge of such task as stealing property said to be 'connected' to drug trafficking, caging the people from whom it was taken, and dividing up the spoils. Official transcripts from several meetings of Oregon’s Malheur County Commission provide useful insights regarding the retail-level business of that vertically integrated criminal enterprise." (07/28/14)

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The drug war is finished

July 29, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The drug war is finished. Kaput. It’s now just a matter of time when the federal government calls an end to this evil, immoral, destructive, and racist government program. Yesterday, the New York Times became the latest addition to those calling for an end to the drug war, with an editorial entitled 'Repeal Prohibition, Again.'" (07/28/14)

http://fff.org/2014/07/28/the-drug-war-is-finished-2/  

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Venezuelan ex-intel chief sought by US freed in Aruba, now home

July 28, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested by Aruba at the United States’ request on drug trafficking charges was freed Sunday and returned home to Caracas, authorities said. Retired major general Hugo Carvajal was detained late Wednesday on the southern Caribbean island, where he had been designated but not confirmed as Venezuela’s consul. 'It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes clarity, good will and bravery,' President Nicolas Maduro said on learning of his release. Aruba, just 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of the Venezuelan coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands." (07/28/14)

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New York Times comes out for marijuana legalization

July 27, 2014
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The Hill    

"In a major editorial on Sunday, the New York Times called for marijuana to be legalized throughout the country. Citing the high numbers of arrests for marijuana possession, overwhelming impact of current prohibitions on African-American men and health effects that are no worse than alcohol or tobacco, the editorial board decided that Congress should lift the ban. ... 'We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues,' the Times declared. 'But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.'" (07/27/14)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/213446-nyt-calls-for-legalized-marijuana  

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Drug war nonsense from a US commander

July 27, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Kelly says that the problem is exorbitant demand for the drugs in the United States. In other words, the fault for all the death and destruction in Latin America (and the United States) lies with Americans who choose to consume drugs. If they would just give up their desire for drugs, Kelly implies, Latin America would turn into a nice, peaceful, harmonious part of the world. Well, that ain’t gonna happen. People have been taking drugs as long as drugs have been around. And they are going to continue to do so, no matter how harsh and severe the drug-war crackdowns become." (07/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/07/25/drug-war-nonsense-from-a-u-s-commander/  

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OR: Marijuana legalization measure makes November ballot

July 23, 2014
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CNN    

"A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than 88,500 people signed the petition, enough to place the initiative before voters on November 4. If passed, Oregon would become the third state to legalize pot after Colorado and Washington to allow recreational use of marijuana. Another 21 states, including Oregon, allow the use of medicinal marijuana." (07/23/14)

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Obama says he ended the “war on drugs.” Don’t believe him

July 21, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks  

"The Obama administration says it wants to de-stigmatize drug addiction. But no matter how hard it tries, it’s virtually impossible to de-stigmatize behavior that is still a crime. And the administration is doing little to actually de-stigmatize drug use. Despite their supposed adherence to 'evidence-based practices,' officials steadfastly refuse to consider legalization or decriminalization, even though the evidence unambiguously shows drug prohibition has been a disaster." (07/18/14)

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Feds move to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug war prisoners

July 20, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday to slash the sentences of 46,000 inmates serving time for drug offenses, the latest move by federal officials to ease decades-old policies that have clogged the nation's prisons. If the decision is not blocked by Congress, nearly half of federal prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes will be eligible for sentence reductions averaging more than two years. It would take effect Nov. 1, 2015." (07/18/14)

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IL: Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy

July 20, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Minors with epilepsy would be allowed to use medical marijuana under a measure Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed Sunday. The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's consent. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, and passed the Legislature in the spring. The original medical marijuana law had allowed only Illinois residents 18 years and older to use the drug in a four-year pilot program." (07/20/14)

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Does marijuana legalization make pot smokers employable?

July 18, 2014
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Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Last week, when legal recreational sales of marijuana began in Washington, Mike Boyer, a 30-year-old security guard, was Spokane's first buyer, having camped out for 19 hours at Green Leaf, a local dispensary. Boyer was featured in TV reports, saying things like, 'We don't line up for Black Friday; we line up for Green Tuesday.' Those 15 minutes of fame cost him his job. But not for long. Last Thursday his employer, TrueBlue, said the whole thing had been a misunderstanding." (07/17/14)

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How the drug war drives child migrants to the US border

July 14, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"Most attentive parents today rarely allow their children to go unsupervised, particularly in public. It starts with the wireless baby monitor for the crib and ends with the ever-present cell phone at college graduation. This is what makes reports from the US-Mexican border so perplexing to most Americans. It is hard to believe that parents would send their children, even young children, to travel many hundreds of miles, up to 1,600 miles without guardianship, or under the control of 'mules' who guide the children with the hope of a safe voyage to the United States." (07/14/14)

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