Tag Archives: war on drugs

End federal asset stealing by legalizing drugs

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has an idea that will increase the amount of money flowing into the federal government without a tax increase. He is ordering federal agents to crack down on what is called asset forfeiture, which is really nothing more than legalized federal stealing from the American people. The advantage of Sessions’s plan — at least from the standpoint of U.S. officials — is that it enables law enforcement officials to increase the amount of money being sucked out of the private sector and into the federal government’s coffers without making American taxpayers angry with a tax increase." (07/19/17)


Idiot pols ask DEA to push even more people toward street opiates

Source: Rutland Herald

"Sen. Patrick Leahy is among a group of Democrats asking the Drug Enforcement Administration to further reduce the number of prescription opiate-based painkillers for sale in the U.S. in 2018. Leahy has joined 15 other Democratic senators in sending a letter to DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg asking for a cut in painkiller production to help address the opiate addiction epidemic that has taken hold in Vermont and across the country." (07/13/17)


Sessions wants to revive "DARE" propaganda program

Source: Rolling Stone

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. … The program is already making a comeback in several communities, according to D.A.R.E.'s website, with Weymouth, MA, and Lake County, FL, among the areas to recently revive the program. Sessions added that the Department of Justice would work together with state and local authorities, along with its enlisting D.A.R.E., to stop drug dealers." [editor's note: Whether or not DARE is "effective" is a question of what it's goals are. Those goals seem to boil down to raising tens of millions of dollars to pay cops to lie to kids. It's been pretty effective at that; at scaring them into believing the lies, not so much – TLK] (07/12/17)


For many of us, the war on drugs is not real

Source: National Review
by Elliot Kaufman

"From the innocent days of youth to the fancy private high school to the university and through to life as a young professional, members of our policymaking classes live in a world without drug enforcement. Let’s take Charles Murray’s term and call this world 'Belmont.' In Belmont, nobody grows up seeing his father sent to jail for drug possession. This is unheard of — it is not a reality. In Belmont, a student caught smoking weed a few blocks from his high school is still Ivy League–eligible; his transcript and good name remains untainted. He has just made a youthful mistake, which is automatically forgiven. … In Belmont, the War on Drugs is a matter for abstract contemplation. In the classroom, it is recognized as an injustice — something terrible perpetrated against the poor, black young people out there. Around the dinner table, one’s parents and grandparents might see it as a necessary evil — something unpleasant that must be done in the inner cities to keep the dangerous substances and their users at bay. Either way, the war is fought abroad, in a foreign land. Its victims are like the victims of drone strikes in Pakistan — momentarily pitiable but ultimately forgettable." (07/07/17)


Blue states should consider the appeal of self-ownership

Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

"Across the United States voters have approved laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana. While the original wave of such states largely approved referendums or passed legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana, recent election cycles have seen several states approve recreational marijuana. On November 8, 2016 … the earth-shattering day that installed brash billionaire Donald Trump in the White House, voters in blue Nevada, Massachusetts, and California voted in favor of legal marijuana, joining Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, as well as the District of Columbia. This brings to a total 7 states with recreational usage, and an impressive 28 states that permit medical usage. Yet, the inquiring libertarian might ask: if voters in blue states are so enthusiastic about letting people make their own choices when it comes to marijuana, why are they so favorable to state-controlled and statist policies in other areas of their lives?" (07/05/17)


Weed: Blueprint for the modern nullification movement

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

"In 1996, voters in California passed Proposition 215 — the beginning of the modern nullification movement. In the run up to the vote — three presidents came out to the state to explain that voters really weren’t 'allowed' to do this, Why? The supremacy clause of course. And marijuana was and is illegal under federal law. Well, that marketing campaign didn’t work out too well for them." (07/05/17)


Brazil: Unauthorized entrepreneur captured after 30 years; used plastic surgery to change face

Source: New York Post

"The Brazilian drug lord who used plastic surgery to change his face and avoid capture has been arrested after 30 years on the lam. Federal police arrested Luiz Carlos da Rocha at his home in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso Saturday after a three-decade hunt for the cocaine mogul, who trafficked the drug from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to Europe and the United States through Brazil and Paraguay." (07/02/17)


Sessions's crusade against marijuana hurts the most vulnerable

Source: Students For Liberty
by Garett Roush

"If Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his way, I would once again be at risk of constant seizures. The former U.S. Senator from Alabama and now the nation’s top cop has started a crusade against states that have allowed access to cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. As an epileptic, medicinal marijuana has allowed me to stave off seizures after more than 10 months. No longer do I fear an episode and the pain that comes with it. Mr. Sessions must not ignore the medicinal benefits of marijuana in the free market." (06/28/17)


MA: House OKs bill to undo voters' instructions on cannabis

Source: Boston Globe

"A bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state’s voters in November cleared the House late Wednesday. Critics who lashed out at the proposal accused lawmakers of ignoring the will of the electorate and taking a hostile approach to the legal cannabis industry. The Senate was poised to take up its own version of the bill, one calling for more modest revisions in the current law, on Thursday, setting the stage for negotiations between the chambers over a final version lawmakers hope to send to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by July 1. The House bill, approved on a 126-28 vote, would raise the tax on retail marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28 percent. Other provisions include stringent background checks and fingerprinting for all people who own or work in licensed marijuana-related businesses." (06/21/17)


How drug prohibition fuels American carnage

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"During President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, he declared that 'in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.' The populist right would do well to apply that formulation to the street violence associated with the drug trade. The War on Drugs is a decades-old federal effort that has failed as consistently and completely as any government initiative in American history. A generation has passed since National Review declared it irrevocably lost. Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, doesn’t even grasp the most obvious tradeoff that prohibitions are making." (06/21/17)