Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

How many people does the war on drugs put in prison?

November 12, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Most libertarians blame the massive U.S. incarceration rate on the War on Drugs. At the federal level, this is hard to deny. But the federal level remains a small slice of the pie. At the state level, drug offenses are only 16% of the story. In absolute terms, of course, that's tons of people. Drug offenders outnumber murderers. They outnumber rapists. They outnumber robbers. Indeed, they are only slightly outnumbered by all property criminals combined. But at first glance, blaming the War of Drugs for mass imprisonment runs afoul of basic facts." (11/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/how_many_people.html  

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Doobie-ous economics

November 10, 2014
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"People will buy and sell even when you tell them not to. My evidence: Everything that’s happened since the first drug law was passed. If you say that pot is legal to grow and share but not sell, you are just saying that people will continue to buy and sell illegally. They already buy and sell illegally, and a regime of partial legalization will at least reduce the risks of buying and selling, giving rise to even more buying and selling. I support partial legalization as an improvement on the status quo, because a less risky black market will probably be a less pathological one, but it will still be a black market." (11/09/14)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2014/11/09/18215  

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Cannabis and capitalism: The horror?

November 10, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Starting with the observation that legalizing marijuana production and distribution entails legalizing marijuana producers and distributors, Sabet warns that such businesses will make money by producing and distributing marijuana, meaning they will have a financial incentive to sell as much as they can. That is all completely true, but it is scary only if you view consumers as the slaves rather than the masters of people trying to sell them stuff. Most Americans do not see the businesses that supply them with useful and enjoyable goods and services as the enemy, and I suspect the people most inclined toward that view are also the ones who are most inclined to favor legalization of marijuana, for cultural reasons that don't make a lot of sense but nevertheless have an impact on how people vote." (11/10/14)

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Will marijuana legalization in DC survive Congress?

November 10, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Jonah Bennett  

"Federal lawmakers still have the unique chance to crush legalization in D.C.. Voters went to the polls in droves, with the end result being a major victory for pro-legalization supporters. The final tally was 69 percent in support, and only 31 percent against, extending the city’s decriminalization legislation to cover up to three marijuana plants and two ounces of pot for personal use. ... However, it will still be months before pot is officially acceptable because of a Congressional review process, but officials are unsure if the procedure takes 30 days or 60 days. Sale or taxation is not provided for in the legalization initiative, causing mayor-elect Muriel Bowser to say that she will not allow legalization to come into play until authorities have a coherent plan to tax and regulate the drug. Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris joined the fray by saying that he’ll use all available means to keep the drug out of the public’s hands because of the danger it poses it teenagers." (11/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mwk5cla  

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Burn the f****ng system to the ground

November 6, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Clark  

"'I'm a good judge' ... said by government employee and judge Gisele Pollack who, it seems, sentenced people to jail because of their drug use ... while she, herself, was high on drugs. But, in her defense, 'she's had some severe personal tragedy in her life.' And that's why, it seems, she's being allowed to check herself into rehab instead of being thrown in jail." (11/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qde862l  

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Cannabis: The coming legal storm against prohibition

November 5, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by staff  

"We've been predicting this for a while. Once cannabis decriminalization and legalization became a trend, the entire underpinnings of this questionable enterprise would begin to unravel." (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oghtgum  

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Has Colorado gone to pot?

November 5, 2014
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Opponents of drug legalization often argue that the legalization of drugs would lead to rampant drug use, increases in crime, and higher rates of overdose. In 2012, Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver stated if Colorado legalized marijuana, 'I believe there will be many harmful consequences. Expect more crime, more kids using marijuana and pot for sale everywhere. I think our entire state will pay the price.' A large body of literature, however, counters these claims, illustrating why drug legalization is likely to decrease crime, decrease overdose deaths, and decrease the use of hard drugs like heroin and other opiates. Colorado provides a unique opportunity for a natural case study." (11/05/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/11/05/has-colorado-gone-to-pot/  

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DC, Oregon, Alaska vote to legalize marijuana

November 5, 2014
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Rolling Stone    

"As numerous statewide marijuana reform laws went to a vote across the country at the midterm elections on Tuesday night, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all voted in favor of legalization to varying degrees, while those in Florida found the state's citizens opposing a medical marijuana measure." [editor's note: Actually, a clear majority of those voting (58%) in Florida were for medical marijuana ... but as a constitutional amendment it needed 60% to pass - TLK] (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3l8z4g  

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The drug war doesn’t work abroad either

October 24, 2014
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"This is the unimpeachable rule of the war on drugs: Money goes in, and somehow the worst people benefit, and the drug trade soldiers on and on. Afghanistan is the world’s largest source of opium, and the sales of it have helped charming folks like the Taliban purchase weapons and other things most nice people would rather they didn’t possess. According to Stars and Stripes, when U.S. and NATO troops exit the country in a few months, they will leave behind 500,000 acres of poppies. This is a 36 percent increase since 2013. The amount of poppies has in fact been increasing since the U.S. invasion 13 years ago this month." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3kujj5  

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For liberty, against medical marijuana

October 23, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Kelly Kidwell  

"If our goal is to end the Drug War, we must legalize all substances, with marijuana leading the way. Legalizing marijuana for medical use does not pave the way for legalization of other drugs. While arguing for medical weed is easy, arguing for medical cocaine or medical heroin is much more difficult. Medical marijuana is a distraction, not a step in the right direction." (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q62hkzy  

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Obama appointee supports individual rights

October 22, 2014
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I've been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it’s nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, 'supports decriminalizing cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs, including marijuana.' It's nice to see that someone in government supports individuals' rights to make their own choices, rather than having the government tell them how they have to live their lives." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ppfvpfz  

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How regulation kills

October 21, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty
by Matthew La Corte  

"Drug overdoses remain a leading cause of preventable, injury-related death in the United States. The Center for Disease Control has reported that drug overdose rates have more than tripled in the U.S. since the 1980s. But prison and legal penalties are clearly not the solution to drug addiction and drug overdose. Labeling people criminals because of their addiction does not help addicts. We cannot treat drug addiction with jail cells." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxt3rrc  

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US government guilty of creating heroin addicts

October 17, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"America has a drug problem. It is reflected in local newspapers such as the Herald Times Reporter (Oct. 9) that stated, 'In just two years the number of heroin deaths has increased 50 percent in Wisconsin.' It is reflected nationwide; Slate (Oct. 3) stated, 'Deaths from heroin overdoses have accelerated, doubling in just two years, according to ... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.' An under-discussed aspect is the pivotal role government has played in creating a drug problem, especially through war and returning soldiers." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m3yb4d4  

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The economics of drug cartels

October 10, 2014
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Harrison Dean  

"No one likes drug cartels. But does government policy play a role in creating and sustaining them? Most people have probably never even considered the question. But when we consider the economics of prohibition, it becomes clear that prohibition benefits drug cartels." (10/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oqhkf7d  

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Mexico’s drug war is killing children

October 9, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Laura Carlsen  

"Many countries prohibit deploying their military for domestic law enforcement: it’s a recipe for violent authoritarian abuse. But the Obama administration’s prohibitionist drug war is funding and encouraging abuse and brutal, corrupt, mass-grave-level murders throughout Mexico and Central America -- enough that even drug-war apologists admit that the appalling increase in human-rights abuses are a result of sending the military and police into communities in the name of anti-trafficking." (10/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pf5qp2o  

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Legal marijuana

October 9, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Milt Priggee  

Cartoon. (10/09/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/legal-marijuana/  

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Prohibitionist insanity across the board from Bolivia’s candidates

October 8, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Adam Dubove  

"In Bolivia, the likelihood of actual drug-policy reform looks slim. But who would have thought 15 years ago that politicians would start to recognize the need for a change?" (10/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mx5oq49  

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GA: Grand jury excuses evil thugs who disfigured helpless toddler

October 8, 2014
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WSBTV News    

"A grand jury recommends no criminal charges in the Habersham County SWAT raid that critically injured a toddler. Bounkham Phonesavah, affectionately known as 'Baby Boo Boo,' spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team's flash grenade exploded near his face. The toddler was just 19-months-old and asleep in the early morning hours of May 28. SWAT officers threw the device into his home while executing a search warrant for a drug suspect. ... There is still an ongoing criminal investigation with the U.S. Attorney's Office." (10/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l8fj9b7  

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CO: In gubernatorial debate, Hickenlooper says voters are “reckless”

October 7, 2014
posted by

United Press International    

"Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has come under fire for criticizing the state's decision to legalize recreational marijuana use, calling it 'reckless. When asked during a gubernatorial debate Monday his advice for other governors considering legalizing recreational marijuana, Hickenlooper cautioned them not to act too quickly." (10/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kq4wq95  

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The drug war’s medical quislings

October 6, 2014
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"When police dragged Felix Booker, naked and shackled, into the emergency room at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, they knew Dr. Michael LaPaglia would set aside his Hippocratic obligation to the patient and act as an agent of the State. On at least two previous occasions, LaPaglia had performed invasive, non-consensual procedures in order to extract narcotics evidence on behalf of the police. Though he was acting as a deputy interrogator rather than a private physician, narcotics investigators disingenuously insisted that LaPaglia wasn't subject to Fourth Amendment restrictions because he wasn't a sworn law enforcement officer." (10/03/14)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-drug-war.html  

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Does Obama believe he should have gone to prison?

October 1, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas  

"As President Obama has admitted since long before entering politics, he's done his fair share of illegal drugs. In his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, he wrote that he'd used marijuana and 'maybe a little blow.' Despite this, he continues to oversee a federal war against others who’ve done the same. If given the chance to confront Obama with one question in a public forum, this is the issue I would raise." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n5x725g  

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Report: In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer

September 24, 2014
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Reuters    

"Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday. Overdose deaths have climbed steadily since 1990, when drug deaths in rural areas of the state were at one per 100,000 population. As of 2011, that figure stood at 13 deaths per 100,000, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania said in the report." (09/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kuzb5gm  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/lma88ab  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/og2v95j  

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The new Jim Crow

September 10, 2014
posted by

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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