Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

CA: Authoritarian pols vote to ban gardening, medicine

January 27, 2016
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Parlier Post    

"Parlier City Council members have approved a new ordinance banning the cultivation, delivery and dispensing of marijuana in the city. The council took its action at the Jan. 20 meeting. Medical marijuana is legalized in California, but cities need [sic] to create their own ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation. Parlier has an existing ordinance that outlaws medical marijuana dispensaries, but it did not specifically include the cultivation and sale of marijuana. Parlier's interim police chief Jose Flores put the issue on the council meeting agenda after noticing that the city was missing an all-encompassing marijuana ordinance." (01/27/16)

http://www.reedleyexponent.com/articles/2016/01/26/publications/parlier_post/news/doc56a7b2f50f146087980351.txt  

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Drug warrior General Kelly is not just fading away

January 24, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly is retiring from the military, but he isn't just fading away. He is speaking out on the drug war, which he has been waging in Latin America in his capacity as head of the U.S. Southern Command. Kelly is telling the news media ... that the problem with the drug war is that some states are legalizing marijuana, which, he says, makes it more difficult for the military to win the war on drugs." (01/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/22/retiring-from-the-drug-war/  

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El Chapo shows the folly of the war on drugs

January 22, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jeffrey Miron  

"On the fundamental question of whether drug prohibition makes sense, El Chapo seems to understand the issue well. When Penn asks: 'What is the relationship between production, sale and consumption?' Guzman answers: 'If there was no consumption, there would be no sales. It is true that consumption, day after day, becomes bigger and bigger. So it sells and sells.' Guzman has it exactly right: demand incentivizes supply. As long as consumers want drugs, markets will produce and sell them. If drugs were legal, this would occur as in other industries, but since drugs are outlawed, the market stays underground." (01/21/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/el-chapo-shows-folly-war-drugs  

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“El Chapo,” cartels, and the consequences of the war on drugs

January 21, 2016
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Since Guzman's capture, many media outlets, public figures, and others have discussed what his arrest signifies. Some have focused on Chapo's potential extradition to the United States to face trafficking charges. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto stated that El Chapo's arrest 'confirms that [Mexico's] institutions have the necessary capacity to confront and overcome those who threaten the tranquility of Mexican families.' I'm not at all confident that Guzman's capture will have any significance whatsoever. The Sinaloa cartel will continue to operate, drugs will continue to flow into the United States, and Mexico will continue to see high rates of drug-related crime. Why? It all comes back to the economics of prohibition." (01/20/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/20/el-chapo-cartels-and-the-consequences-of-the-war-on-drugs/  

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A slow, lonely death in prison

January 20, 2016
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"At the time of his arrest in 1989, Tapia-Ponce was a 68-year-old retired Mexican customs official with no prior criminal convictions. He had been married to his wife for 40 years, had two sons, six daughters and many grandchildren. The pre-sentence report prepared in 1991 notes that he 'had a wonderful relationship with his family,' and that his 'family is the most important thing to him.' Tapia-Ponce has now served 26 years in prison, during which time his wife has died. He has not seen any members of his family since his arrest. However, every week for the past 26 years, his daughters have gathered together in Juarez and spoken with their father over the telephone. What possible benefit is it to the U.S. government or any of its citizens to continue to pay for the medical care of a 94-year-old nonviolent inmate who has a loving family willing to care for him in Mexico?" (01/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/slow-lonely-death-prison  

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Nosy neighbors tell Colorado to stop regulating pot

January 18, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"On January 6, two days before Mexican authorities recaptured Joaquin Guzman Loera, a.k.a. El Chapo, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt pointed to another drug lord, this one hiding in plain sight: John Hickenlooper, a.k.a. the governor of Colorado. 'The State of Colorado authorizes, oversees, protects, and profits from a sprawling $100-million-per-month marijuana growing, processing, and retailing organization that exported thousands of pounds of marijuana to some 36 States in 2014,' Pruitt writes in a Supreme Court brief joined by Nebraska Attorney General Douglas Peterson. 'If this entity were based south of our border, the federal government would prosecute it as a drug cartel.'" (01/18/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/18/nosy-neighbors-tell-colorado-to-stop-reg  

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The drug war has destroyed tourism to Mexico

January 14, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Here is another reason for ending the drug war: It has destroyed U.S. tourism to Mexico. Oh sure, Americans still fly into Mexican resorts, such as Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, where they ensconce themselves in well-guarded resorts. But I'm talking about tourism that entails fun car travel into Mexico and even just visits to border towns. Since I grew up in Laredo, Texas, which is on the Mexican border, I have personal experience with this type of tourism. ... A cousin of mine in Laredo tells me that no one goes into Nuevo Laredo anymore, thanks to the drug war and all the violence it has engendered inside Mexico. The tourism business to Laredo dried up a long time ago. Anyone who goes into Nuevo Laredo for a day of shopping or a night of fun and entertainment is risking his life. It's just not worth it." (01/13/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/13/the-drug-war-has-destroyed-tourism-to-mexico/  

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CA: City’s evil/idiot pols ban medical marijuana deliveries

January 13, 2016
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Medical marijuana patients will soon have a choice: travel to an outside city for your cannabis, designate a 'primary caregiver' to bring it to you, or do without. With little discussion, the City Council unanimously agreed to forbid medical marijuana dispensaries outside city limits from delivering cannabis products to patients in town. The new ordinance makes one exception, allowing cannabis to be delivered only by a patient's 'primary caregiver,' as defined under state law. The ordinance also reaffirms Brentwood's existing ban on marijuana cultivation and its prohibition from marijuana dispensaries setting up shop in town." [editor's note: Sounds like these politicians need to be introduced to the plant they're so afraid of. Preferably in the form of hemp rope - TLK] (01/13/16)

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29378623/brentwood-bans-medical-marijuana-delivery-by-out-town  

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Reclaiming LSD for psychotherapy

January 13, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Sam Wong  

"At 6.30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2009, Friederike Meckel Fischer's doorbell rang. There were 10 policemen outside. They searched the house, put handcuffs on Fischer -- a diminutive woman in her 60s -- and her husband, and took them to a remand prison. The couple had their photographs and fingerprints taken and were put in separate cells in isolation. After a few hours, Fischer, a psychotherapist, was taken for questioning. ... What got Fischer in trouble were her unorthodox therapy methods. Alongside separate sessions of conventional talk therapy, she offered a catalyst to help her clients reconnect with their feelings, with people around them, and with difficult experiences in their lives. That catalyst was LSD." (01/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/01/lsd-ecstasy-therapy-psochology/423681/  

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Does El Chapo’s arrest mean the drug war is over?

January 12, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Given all the hoopla in the mainstream press over the arrest of famous Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo,' some Americans are undoubtedly wondering whether this means that the decades-long U.S. drug war is finally over. The answer is no. Notwithstanding the arrest of El Chapo, the drug war will, like the Energizer Bunny, will keep going and going and going. It's really the perfect racket, one in which drug dealers and drug lords and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency depend on each other for their existence. Without drug laws and the DEA, there would be no drug lords or drug dealers. And without drug lords and drug dealers, who would need the DEA?" (01/11/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/11/does-el-chapos-arrest-mean-the-drug-war-is-over/  

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The federal ban on medical marijuana was not lifted

January 5, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Contrary to what you may have read or heard, Congress did not quietly lift the federal ban on medical marijuana. Nor did it lift the ban loudly. It did not lift the ban at all. Here is what actually happened." (01/04/16)

https://reason.com/archives/2016/01/04/the-federal-ban-on-medical-marijuana-was  

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Nine ways the disastrous war on drugs has eroded this year

December 31, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Phillip Smith  

"The global anti-drug regime has been in place for more than a half-century now, but the prohibitionist consensus has been crumbling for at least 20 years, and the decomposition continued apace this year. The international treaties that make up the legal backbone of international drug prohibition still stand, but they are under increasing attack at the United Nations, which will take them up again next year. They are increasingly being breached (especially by marijuana legalization at the national and sub-national level) and nibbled away at around the edges by moves like drug decriminalization and some harm-reduction measures such as supervised injection facilities." (12/30/15)

http://www.salon.com/2015/12/30/war_on_drugs_2_partner/  

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The year’s best drug scares

December 28, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Believability is key to a good drug scare, because if it doesn't catch on it's not much of a scare. At the same time, you have to admire claims that catch on even though a moment's reflection reveals them as ridiculous. The trick for an aspiring drug scare is to forestall reflection by being so compelling and repeatable that it gets passed around before anyone has time to think. In this annual list I recognize tall tales about drugs that rise to the challenge." (12/28/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/28/the-years-best-drug-scares  

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Marijuana: A better plan

December 16, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I can sum up why cannabis was ever made illegal in the first place in one word: Politics. Ditto for why it remains illegal: Money. The main function of the war on marijuana today is to keep police departments and correctional facilities overstaffed and flush with money for overtime. If there's any such thing as a marijuana crime, it's the fact that the plant remains illegal long after every myth of its evil effects has been conclusively debunked." (12/15/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3913  

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Drug war draftees

December 15, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"On November 22, 2013, his 20th birthday, Andrew Sadek sat down across a table from Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Weber at the Law Enforcement Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota. It was the day after cops had searched Sadek's dorm room at the North Dakota State College of Science, finding 'an orange plastic grinder with marijuana residue on the inside.' It was more than seven months after a confidential informant had caught Sadek on tape selling him small amounts of marijuana: an eighth of an ounce for $60 on April 4 and a gram for $20 on April 9. It was seven months before Sadek was fished out of the Red River near Breckenridge, Minnesota, dead from a gunshot wound to the head and weighed down by a backpack full of rocks. Sadek's journey from small-time pot dealer to waterlogged corpse, which was highlighted by 60 Minutes last week, dramatically illustrates the dangers faced by young, legally naive drug offenders who are pressured by the threat of imprisonment to do unto others what was done unto them." (12/14/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/14/drug-war-draftees  

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Straw men rule

December 3, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Yesterday I was on a panel on drug policy with a Virginia state senator. As you'd expect, I made the case for full drug legalization. And as you'd expect, he objected. What's striking, though, is how he objected." (12/03/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/straw_men_rule.html  

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Venezuela: Maduro condemns “imperialist” attacks after relatives’ drug arrests

November 12, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday condemned what he called imperialist attacks and ambushes after two nephews of his wife were arrested in Haiti and taken to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. 'The fatherland will follow its course,' tweeted the 52-year-old Venezuelan president, whose socialist government is facing increasing accusations from the United States of collusion in smuggling cocaine from Colombia. 'Neither attacks nor imperialist ambushes can harm the people of the liberators,' added Maduro, who was to address the United Nations human rights body in Geneva later on Thursday." (11/12/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/12/us-venezuela-usa-crime-idUSKCN0T11B820151112#4fp3Yb5klT3gambc.97  

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Where Hillary Clinton’s marijuana proposal falls short

November 10, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"During an appearance in South Carolina on Saturday, Hillary Clinton said marijuana should be moved from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the most restrictive category, to Schedule II, which is for drugs that have recognized medical applications but also 'a high potential for abuse.' Other Schedule II drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone. ... Clinton's reclassification proposal is weak tea compared to her rival Bernie Sanders' bill removing marijuana from the CSA's schedules entirely, which would let states decide how to treat the drug without federal interference." (11/09/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/09/where-hillary-clintons-marijuana-proposa  

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Liberty vs. drug prohibition

November 5, 2015
posted by

Voices Of Liberty
by Jim Gray  

"By now you have probably heard numerous arguments in favor of or against our nation’s policy of Drug Prohibition, and you also probably know that I have called this approach the biggest failed policy in our nation's history, second only to slavery. But putting aside the practical failures, the policy of Drug Prohibition also results in a huge deprivation of Liberty. Why? Because the government has as much of a right to dictate to adults what they can put into their bodies, as it does what they put into their minds. When it comes down to it, it is the same thing, and Liberty dictates that this should be a choice adults should be able to make." (11/05/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/liberty-vs-drug-prohibition/  

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Prosecutors are addicted to the war on drugs: Inside law enforcement’s rabid defense of mandatory minimums

November 5, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Daniel Denvir  

"Federal prosecutors are fighting a rearguard action to defeat criminal justice reform legislation in Congress, warning that modestly dialing back harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders would hinder their campaign against drugs amidst a heroin crisis. 'Slashing federal mandatory minimum sentences will undermine the ability of law enforcement officials to dismantle drug trafficking organizations,' a National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys white paper on 'the dangerous myths of drug sentencing 'reform'' warns." (11/04/15)

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/04/federal_prosecutors_fight_to_defend_mandatory_minimums_for_nonviolent_drug_offenders/  

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OH: Voters allegedly choose to continue idiotic war on marijuana

November 4, 2015
posted by

Columbus Dispatch    

"Ohio voters strongly rejected legalizing marijuana today, despite a $25 million campaign by proponents. The Associated Press called State Issue 3 a loser about 9:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the first results were released by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office. The issue to legalize pot for recreational and medical use is going down 65 percent to 35 percent, losing in all 88 counties with more than 48 percent of the statewide vote counted." [editor's note: I included "allegedly" in the headline because Ohio in general and Husted in particular have a pretty sordid record of rigging elections; while the outcome of this one was in fact doubtful, the size of the spread looks like there may have been a ballot-stuffing party - TLK] (11/03/15)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/public/2015/election/ohio-state-issues-2-and-3-marijuana.html  

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Not plutonium

November 3, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"If Ohioans pass Issue 3 today, the days of pot prohibition will disappear like the smoke from a wild night's last bong hit. ... But there is a disturbing aspect to Issue 3: 'Crony Capitalism.' The constitutional amendment would not simply legalize growth and sale, subject to regulation similar to alcohol or tobacco. Though it would legalize home growth, it stakes out a complicated limited licensing system for commercial sale, allowing for only a handful of growers in the state." (11/03/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/03/not-plutonium/  

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Why the drug war has been a forty-year lynching

October 29, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Bob Fitrakis  

"The Drug War was officially born June 17, 1971, when Richard Nixon pronounced drugs to be 'Public Enemy Number One.' In a nation wracked by poverty, racial tension, injustice, civil strife, ecological disaster, corporate domination, a hated Vietnam War and much more, drugs seemed an odd choice. In fact, the Drug War's primary target was black and young voters." (10/28/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-the-Drug-War-Has-Been-by-Bob-Fitrakis-Drug-War_Electronic-Voting_Vote-Theft_War-On-Drugs-151028-87.html  

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Sanders: Give states freedom to treat pot like alcohol

October 29, 2015
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called to end marijuana's federal classification as one of the most dangerous illegal drugs during a Wednesday-night town hall event with college students. ... Marijuana is currently classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 drug, which means that it has 'no currently accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.' Other Schedule 1 drugs include LSD, heroin and ecstasy, a fact that Sanders called 'absurd.' ... Sanders's call to remove it from the federal government's scheduling entirely would put it on par with tobacco and alcohol, and states would be able to determine whether the drug should be legal without federal retribution." (10/28/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/dem-primaries/258423-sanders-to-propose-softening-federal-stance-on-marijuana  

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How the Canucks can get legalization right

October 22, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Nick Zaiac  

"This week, the Canadian Liberal Party swept to victory, returning a progressive government to power after about a decade of conservative rule. The Liberals, compared to their counterparts across the Anglosphere, have a pretty solid record on passing sound public policy, including rounds of corporate-tax cuts. Following in this tradition, the Liberal Party platform includes the legalization of cannabis at the federal level. Moreover, the incoming prime minister has promised action 'right away.' This would make Canada the first major country to pass nationwide legalization of the substance." (10/21/15)

http://blog.panampost.com/nicholas-zaiac/2015/10/21/how-the-canucks-can-get-legalization-right/  

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