Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

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)

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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)

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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)

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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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CO: Pots of marijuana cash cause security concerns

July 13, 2014
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USA Today    

"The unmarked armored truck rumbles to a stop in a narrow alley, and former U.S. Marine Matthew Karr slides out, one hand holding a folder, the other hovering near the pistol holstered at his hip. ... Welcome to the rear guard of Colorado's rapidly expanding legal marijuana industry, where eager users pour millions of dollars -- most of it in small bills -- into buying pot, hashish, and marijuana-infused foods and drinks. All that cash adds up, and there are few places to put it: Federal regulations, which still classify pot as an illegal drug, make it difficult for marijuana producers to deposit their profits into traditional bank accounts. And those cash-heavy small businesses make awfully attractive -- and vulnerable -- targets for criminals." (07/13/14)

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Drug war, intervention and immigrant children

July 13, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The fact is that the U.S. government has converted Latin into a cauldron of violence, dictatorship, tyranny, murder, assassination, rape, detention, robberies, extortion, and corruption, all with the enthusiastic support of those compassionate 'love the poor' statists, who tell us, 'We're not responsible for the deaths of those children because we should be judged by our good intentions, not by the actual results of our policies. Send those kids back now and we'll hope for the best for them.'" (07/11/14)

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Suffering in the service of official lies: The agony of Alexis Carey

July 10, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Alexis Carey suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that has left the nine-year-old unable to speak or use the bathroom. She is subject to violent seizures that can last an hour or longer. No relief is provided by any of the FDA-approved medications available. When Alexis succumbs to a seizure – she sometimes endures sixty episodes a month -- her parents, Michael and Clare, can do little more than act as witnesses to their daughter’s agony. Dravet-induced seizures can cause permanent brain damage, and many children thus afflicted don't reach adulthood. If the Careys lived in Utah, Alexis would have access to cannabidiol (CBD), an orally administered oil (sometimes called 'Charlotte's Web') that has been very effective in treating Dravet's Syndrome and a number of other illnesses, including some forms of cancer. However, the family resides in Idaho, where CBD is illegal because it is derived from the evil communist demon weed called marijuana.(07/10/14)

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A federal schizophrenia about marijuana

June 30, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Is the Obama administration sincere in its stated intention to ease draconian drug sentences? Or is the rhetoric just that? A litmus test is to look at the federal government's inconsistent and baffling stand on the legalization of marijuana. President Obama joked with CNN in 2007 about having 'inhaled,' and he quipped 'that was the point.' This seems to indicate a casualness about marijuana. But the federal government has aggressively attacked marijuana producers. For example, Operation Choke Point is a policy through which 'undesirable' but legal businesses, such as marijuana-related ones in states like Colorado, are refused bank accounts. What is real -- the words or the actions?" (06/27/14)

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Prohibition and plunder: The respectable racketeers of Malheur County, Oregon

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

"'The court should not allow this defendant to profit from the illegal delivery of controlled substances,' insisted Malheur County Deputy DA Mike Dugan as he demanded the imprisonment of William Esbensen for the supposed crime of providing medical marijuana to willing clients. This isn't to say that Dugan rejected such profits as a matter of principle; he simply believed that he and his comrades in the Malheur County Sheriff's Office should be the ones enjoying the windfall. Dugan’s desire to imprison Esbensen and his business partner, Raymond Kangas, was left unrealized: They were sentenced to probation after being found guilty of 'providing marijuana for consideration' under a statute that is no longer in effect." (06/27/14)

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Reefer Madness 2014

June 27, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J. Bier  

"Nixon declared a war on drugs in 1971, and apparently we still don't know if our drug laws make sense. Yet, according to Volkow, it's not in spite of this fact but rather because of it that we can't 'risk' changing said drug laws. And we're not even allowed to run the experiment to find out. Sorry: In both science and the law, the burden of proof is on those making the affirmative claim. And after four decades of 'risky social experimentation' with drug prohibition, I think it's fair to say the null hypothesis has not been rejected." (06/26/14)

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