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Even scientific labs show the systemic corruption of the drug war

February 10, 2011
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Even scientific labs show the systemic corruption of the drug war

Indiana has a zero tolerance per se drugged driving law. This is a horribly unjust kind of law that doesn’t actually care about whether drivers are impaired, but rather whether they have evidence of a particular drug in their bloodstream. Since marijuana tends to leave that evidence longer (up to weeks), this...

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What are drug-related teen suicides?

February 10, 2011
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What are drug-related teen suicides?

Jennifer Corbett Dooren in the Wall Street Journal subjects us to a particularly vapid article: Study Tracks Drug-Related Teen Suicides

Teenage girls are about three times as likely as boys to attempt suicide for drug-related reasons, according to an analysis of emergency-room visits. A government study also found boys are far more likely to...

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The Feud

February 7, 2011
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The Feud

“Name something that gets passed around…”

Hilarious. But I miss Richard Dawson. He would have considered it a perfectly proper answer (which, of course, it is).

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Does legalization mean an explosion in drug harm? Understanding the basics.

February 7, 2011
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Does legalization mean an explosion in drug harm?  Understanding the basics.

Megan McArdle has a piece in the Atlantic: The Goals and Means of Meth Control. It looks at the ravages of drug abuse and also continues the discussion started by Keith Humphreys in his simplistic endorsement of making pseudoephedrine-based products prescription-only and Mark Kleiman’s follow-up.

Megan’s article is a good one to read,...

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Open Thread

February 7, 2011
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Open Thread

What’s going on in your corner of the drug policy reform world?

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Super Bowl memories

February 6, 2011
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Super Bowl memories

Apparently there are no ads from the Drug Czar in this year’s Super Bowl. But do you remember how far they actually sunk after 9/11? Here are some of the offensive Super Bowl ads from 2002-2003.

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The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

February 6, 2011
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The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

In honor of his 100th birthday…

It’s a golden oldie…

Note: For those not familiar with this particular video, it’s a well-done edited comic mash-up of the Reagans’ talk about drugs that completely turns it around into a pro-drug Presidential talk.

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Time to overturn United States v. Place

February 5, 2011
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Time to overturn United States v. Place

… and with it, Caballes v. Illinois.

Those who have followed this blog for awhile know that I consider Caballes v. Illinois one of the more obviously clueless Supreme Court decisions of recent years. For those who don’t know, the decision basically said that a police dog alerting on a car was sufficient justification...

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Jack Nicholson

February 4, 2011
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Jack Nicholson

… in the Daily Mail:

These days the hard drugs are gone, but he continues – against the Hollywood grain – to smoke cannabis. ‘I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem...

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor being hung by the neck…

February 2, 2011
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Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor being hung by the neck…

Some people here in the U.S. say that the reason the drug war isn’t working is that we’re just not taking it seriously enough. We’ve got to stop being so easy on the drug criminals.

Well, let’s take a little look at how it works when you really crack down hard on drug trafficking…...

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