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What excuse do we have for doing a better job regulating chewing gum than heroin?

March 15, 2013
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What excuse do we have for doing a better job regulating chewing gum than heroin?

That’s the premise behind this excellent article in Alternet by Bill Fried: What Would It Be Like If Heroin Were Legal

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Victory?

March 11, 2013
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Victory?

It’s often been noted here that calling the drug war a failure is only true depending on what you consider to be the true goals of the drug war.

Kevin Carson does a nice riff on that with Fifteen Benefits of the War on Drugs

1. It has surrounded the Fourth Amendment’s “search and...

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The U.N.’s complicity in international human rights abuses

March 11, 2013
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The U.N.’s complicity in international human rights abuses

A very powerful OpEd in the New York Times by Fernando Henrique Cardoso (former President of Brazil) and Ruth Dreifuss (former President of Switzerland): An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs

This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna...

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Open Thread

March 9, 2013
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Open Thread

I’m heading out early Saturday morning for New York with a group of students for a week-long theatre trip. We’ll be seeing Matilda, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kinky Boots, and Caveman.

I’ll check in when I can, and bring back some cheesecake from Junior’s (and maybe some pastrami...

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News from the Show-Me State

March 8, 2013
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News from the Show-Me State

I’m not always aware of the various state-based or local-based reform groups, and sometimes forget that there are dedicated people working hard on changing state and local laws all the time whose efforts may not get national attention.

I just learned of Missouri’s Show-Me Cannabis Regulation group even though it looks like they’ve been...

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Will Holder or the Senate Judiciary Committee be relevant?

March 6, 2013
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Will Holder or the Senate Judiciary Committee be relevant?

So today, Attorney General Holder is supposed to be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee (going on right now). There’s a general sense that he will address the administration’s “response” to marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado.

Update:

HOLDER: “We are in the administration at this point considering what the federal government’s response to...

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Oh, no! If we legalize, North Korea will… wait.. what???

March 6, 2013
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Oh, no!  If we legalize, North Korea will… wait.. what???

I’m really kind of surprised that Forbes Magazine is giving space to an absolutely ignorant nut-job like Paul Johnson.

The War On Drugs: A Defining Moment

Johnson attempts to explain some of the terrible things that might happen if we legalize drugs…

Another possibility to consider is that a rogue state, such as North...

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The impact of legalization on treatment income

March 5, 2013
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The impact of legalization on treatment income

“Follow the money.” Always good advice when considering the motivations of prohibitionists. Certainly it’s true with the true drug warriors, including DEA, police unions, etc.

And, while the treatment industry is comprised of both the truly caring and the avariciously opportunistic, the general sense has been that most of their vocal opposition to legalization...

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Just when you think Peter Hitchens can sink no lower…

March 4, 2013
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Just when you think Peter Hitchens can sink no lower…

… he does.

Remember the tragedy that I posted about a little while ago? A young man had been caught with a tiny amount of marijuana, and, aggravated by a police mistake, was in jeopardy of losing his career plans, so he committed suicide.

Well, Peter Hitchens responds with: If the law had been...

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The drug war creates most of the evils it seeks to combat

March 2, 2013
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The drug war creates most of the evils it seeks to combat

A very powerful and fascinating read in Spiegel Online: Failing Drug War: When Cops Become Criminals

When you follow the story of Martinez and his journey from fresh DEA agent to prison convict, what’s really fascinating is his own perception of right and wrong…

In prison, Martinez developed his own opinion of his actions....

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