Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

Remorse

July 27, 2016
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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The human rights case for drug legalization

June 8, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Uri Friedman  

"The first shot in Mexico's drug war was fired in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent 6,500 security forces to reclaim Michoacan state from feuding cartels. 'The battle against organized crime has just begun,' Calderon's interior minister declared, 'and the fight will take time.' He wasn't kidding. That fight has now taken nearly 10 years, and tens of thousands of lives. And Mexico has little to show for it, besides death and destruction. In fact, the battle is as brutal as ever. Just this week, the Open Society Justice Initiative, which advocates for criminal-justice reform, accused both the Mexican government and drug gangs of committing crimes against humanity." (06/07/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/06/lisa-sanchez-war-on-drugs/485855/  

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Obama adds 42 commutations in push to free drug POWs

June 6, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 federal prisoners Friday, as the White House intensifies its push to free nonviolent drug offenders [sic] from prisons. The president has now shortened the sentences of 348 people during his presidency, more than the previous seven presidents combined. The White House has accelerated its efforts to release prisoners in the tail end of the president's second term. The Obama administration asked the U.S. Sentencing Commission to allow imprisoned drug offenders to apply for reduced sentences in 2014, and began a program to expedite thousands of clemency requests." (06/03/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-03/obama-adds-42-commutations-in-push-to-free-nonviolent-felons  

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Police and prison guard groups fight marijuana legalization in California

May 18, 2016
posted by

Lee Fang The Intercept
by Lee Fang  

"Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted. Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming." (05/18/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/18/ca-marijuana-measure/  

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Mexico: Judge rules “El Chapo” can be extradited to US

May 9, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman can move ahead, Mexico's Judicial Council said Monday. But the country's foreign ministry must still approve it and the defense can appeal. ... A lawyer for Guzman confirmed Saturday that his defense continues to fight the drug lord being sent to the U.S., and officials have said it could take up to a year to reach a final ruling." (05/09/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Report-Mexican-judge-rules-that-El-Chapo-7422875.php  

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The zombie drug that wasn’t

May 9, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"No one knows why Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old car wash employee, suddenly launched himself at Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man he encountered on Miami's McArthur Causeway, chewing off most of his victim's face in an 18-minute assault that ended only after a police officer shot him dead. But one thing is certain: 'Bath salts' did not make him do it. We know that because toxicological tests found no trace of synthetic cathinones, the stimulants known as bath salts, in Eugene's body. But the results of those tests were not announced until a month after the attack, which happened on a Saturday afternoon in May 2012. In the meantime, news outlets around the world, based on zero evidence aside from one police officer's speculation, attributed Eugene's savage violence to a drug he had not taken, using security camera footage of the 'Causeway Cannibal' (a.k.a. the 'Miami Zombie') to illustrate the horrors wrought by a nonexistent 'epidemic.'" (05/09/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/09/the-zombie-drug-that-wasnt  

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Obama commutes sentences of 58 non-violent drug convicts

May 5, 2016
posted by

AOL News    

"WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the prison terms of 58 non-violent drug offenders, nearly a third of whom were serving life sentences, the White House said on Thursday. 'It just doesn't make sense to require a non-violent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison,' Obama said in a blog post." (05/05/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/05/obama-commutes-sentences-of-58-non-violent-drug-convicts/21371267/  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned class warfare

May 5, 2016
posted by

Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"Not only does the Drug War deliberately focus enforcement and punishment on racial minorities and the poor, it also pushes those impacted into permanent underclass status. Drug convictions limit social mobility by cutting people off from financial aid for college, legitimate employment opportunities (particularly those requiring occupational licensing), public assistance, and even drivers’ licenses in some states. The negative impact is so pervasive that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is now saying that disqualifying renters for past criminal records is a form of housing discrimination." (05/04/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158789/the-drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-class-warfare/  

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CA: Measure to legalize marijuana headed for November ballot

May 4, 2016
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Santa Cruz Sentinel    

"California voters will decide again this November whether to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, calling the looming vote a 'pivotal moment' in the national debate around pot legalization and the 45-year-old war on drugs. Newsom and other leaders of a coalition behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act announced they have collected enough signatures to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, sell or transport up to an ounce of pot. California voters rejected a similar measure in 2010." (05/04/16)

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20160504/california-measure-to-legalize-pot-headed-for-november-ballot/8  

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Former FBI agent admits to re-stealing money stolen in drug probes to buy cars and plastic surgery

May 3, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Nearly two weeks before he was to go on trial, a former FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to stealing [from the FBI] more than $136,000 in cash that had been [originally stolen by him for the FBI] during drug investigations. Former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted to using the cash to fund a lavish spending spree on items including plastic surgery and cars. The plea deal draws to a close a case that has led prosecutors to drop criminal charges against more than a dozen defendants in a case Bowman had investigated." (05/03/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-former-fbi-agent-admits-theft-20160502-story.html  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned murder

May 3, 2016
posted by

Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"[T]hird article in a series on how the 'War on Drugs' is state-sanctioned theft, rape, murder, and class warfare." (05/02/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158784/drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-murder/  

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