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Prohibition Kills

July 11, 2013
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Prohibition Kills

… in so many ways.

17 people in Scotland and Ireland have died from fake ecstasy tablets.

The green pills, with a Rolex crown stamped on them, often contain a dangerous chemical called PMA.

They cause extremely high temperatures, hallucinations and convulsions.

When drugs are legal and regulated, these deaths don’t happen.

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Open Thread

July 9, 2013
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Open Thread

I’m in Iowa visiting my Mom, who just celebrated her 91st birthday. She’s a regular weekly reader of the Rant and also enjoys reading the comments of those on the couch.

‘Seatbelt Checkpoints’ to Search Cars Without Warrants, Make Drug Arrests

The Beckley, West Virginia Police Department set up a “seatbelt checkpoint,” which...

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Ending the drug war is also about reforming law enforcement

July 6, 2013
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Ending the drug war is also about reforming law enforcement

This article was in Rolling Stone last week, and I believe it’s an important read, if you haven’t already…

Five Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Weed

Of course, it’s more than just weed, and LEAP is on record for being in favor of legalized regulation of all recreational drugs, and these points still hold.

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Long may it wave

July 4, 2013
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Long may it wave

On Independence Day today, a flag made of hemp fiber is flying over the Capitol Building. A nice nod to tradition. The flag is from Colorado and was arranged by Representative Jared Polis.

Not everyone was pleased.

“This is a completely and utterly disgraceful way to commemorate the birth of our country,” says Calvina...

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Hit ‘em where it hurts

July 4, 2013
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Hit ‘em where it hurts

One of the side-effects of the drug war is that it has given wide ranges of government employees the notion that when it comes to drugs, citizens don’t have rights. It’s an ugly and pernicious effect.

It even goes so far as to include snatching children from their parents.

In 2010, Lawrence Country Children...

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Schizophrenia

July 3, 2013
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Schizophrenia

Mark Kleiman does an excellent job responding to the latest schizophrenia scare with his post: Cannabis and schizophrenia: Scare stories are not policy arguments

If I had a young friend with a family history of schizophrenia or who had experienced schizophrenic symptoms, I’d advise that person to stay away from cannabis. Why take unnecessary...

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Economics 101

July 2, 2013
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Economics 101

The Economics Behind the US Government’s Unwinnable War on Drugs

Benjamin Powell, in this essential article, has explained the basics of economics and the drug war in plain English. This is a great piece to share with people.

One of the biggest problems with those who support supply-side drug policy is a basic lack...

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It’s the stupidity

July 2, 2013
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It’s the stupidity

‘Nobody racially profiles’: Bloomberg on the Council’s two ‘bad’ NYPD bills

“The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable,” he said today. “Nobody racially profiles.”

In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

Change in approach to drugs could lead to more arrests...

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Regulation is only as hard as you make it

July 1, 2013
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Regulation is only as hard as you make it

Legalizing marijuana is hard. Regulating a pot industry is even harder. by Mike Konczal in the Washington Post.

It’s hard to slog through all the hand-wringing in this article — fears about making the wrong decisions in regulating marijuana, as though legalization involved suspending a massive anvil above the population and you only had...

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Let them smoke pot

June 29, 2013
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Let them smoke pot

Nice editorial in the New York Times: American Mayors – Let Them Smoke Pot

What the Conference of Mayors resolved seems appropriate — and sensitive to the reality that public attitudes toward marijuana are liberalizing rapidly. In 1969, the Pew Research Center found that only 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing the drug. By...

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