Tag Archives: war on drugs

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)


Jeff Sessions’s reefer madness

Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reefer madness. It was revealed this week that Sessions personally asked Congress for the authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the 25 states and three additional jurisdictions (D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico) where some form of medical marijuana is legal. Sessions wanted Congress to repeal the broadly supported Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after medical marijuana providers and users in those states where it has been made legal. Oddly enough, this week is also the 80th anniversary of the House floor vote on the first major piece of federal marijuana legislation, the Marihuana [sic] Tax Act of 1937. That was when the whole country officially caught reefer madness. In the following decades, a series of misguided government policies made the problem worse, and prejudice toward marijuana and myths about the drug still abound.” (06/16/17)


CA: Brown proposes slight reduction in cannabis regulation nonsense

Source: KTLA 5 News

“Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators proposed Monday to allow medical and recreational marijuana to be sold out of the same locations. The pot industry had sought the change to cut costs and the number of operations. The co-location rule was one of dozens of new regulations contained in budget bills released Monday. They are aimed at merging regulations of medical cannabis, which the Legislature approved in 2015, and recreational marijuana, approved by voters in November.” [editor’s note: How about Brown and the legislators draw up a quick schedule of complete repeal of all state laws relating to cannabis? – TLK] (06/12/17)


The DEA’s warrantless cash grab

Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“Do you want to know the dirty secret about how the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confiscates suspected drug traffickers’ money? The truth is, it’s not hard: Agents just go to an airport and wait for cash to drop into their laps. A March report by the Justice Department’s inspector general (I.G.) found the DEA seized a whopping $4 billion in cash over the past decade using civil asset forfeiture, mostly from airports, train stations, and bus terminals. Contrary to DEA rhetoric, these seizures have little to do with ongoing criminal investigations and everything to do with bringing in money. In 81 percent of the cases the I.G. reviewed, there were no accompanying criminal charges.” (for publication 07/17)


The evils of the drug war

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“If several adults went into a school and sexually assaulted 900 children most people wouldn’t even wait for a trial, they would grab the pitchforks and torches. But when the adults are wearing badges the behavior is suddenly seen as excusable in many people’s eyes. Oftentimes when officers commit such heinous crimes they receive no punishment, which encourages more wicked people to seek a job in law enforcement.” (06/08/17)


Drug overdose deaths, 2016: Casualties of war

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, the New York Times‘s Josh Katz reports. In 2016, overdoses claimed somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 lives. That’s more American lives than were lost in the Vietnam war. It’s 20 times the casualty count of 9/11. It’s half again as many deaths as attributed to the ‘gun violence’ we hear so much about in its peak year, 1994. Katz pins the blame for these deaths on use, abuse, and sometimes accidental overdose of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid painkillers. He goes along with the current fad of calling the phenomenon an ‘opioid epidemic.’ That’s soothingly simple. The word ‘epidemic’ implies an infectious agent to which we need attribute neither consciousness nor responsibility. But those 60,000 or so dead Americans aren’t victims of a faceless ‘epidemic.’ They’re casualties of a decades-long war waged on the American public by the federal and state governments.” (06/06/17)


US government’s war on drugs is the leading cause of death among Americans under 50: 9/11 times 20 in 2016 alone

Source: New York Daily News

“More Americans are dying from drug overdoses now than ever before — it is the leading cause of death for people under 50, a new study reveals. Using state and county death records, the New York Times reported Monday that 62,000 people died from overdoses in 2016 — a 19% increase from 2015, the largest ever.” [hat tip — Robert Spencer] (06/05/17)


The opioid crisis and the law of unintended consequences

Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“A letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine back in 1980 is thought to have been the nudge that set the opioid crisis in motion. The letter claimed only four addictions were documented out of nearly 40,000 patients who were prescribed powerful opioid pain pills. The article arguing addiction to prescription opioids is rare has been cited 600 times — often incorrectly. Doctors and drug makers used this as evidence that it was safe to prescribed opioids to more patients with chronic pain. Fast forward nearly 40 years and it has become clear that opioids can be dangerous in the wrong hands. There is also significant risk of diversion to the illicit market. After states began closing down so-called ‘pill mills,’ heroin and fentanyl began flooding the US to take the place of the prescription drugs that were no longer available. Whole regions of the country have been hard hit by prescription drug abuse, including large areas of Appalachia.” (06/02/17)


OH: Idiot AG sues drug companies for selling drugs

Source: Fox News

“Ohio is suing five drugmakers, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday, alleging they fueled an opioid crisis in the state by misrepresenting the addictive risks of their painkillers. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Ross County, targets various units of parent companies Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Allergan PLC and Endo International PLC. Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a news conference that the companies were dishonest with doctors about their painkillers’ risks. He said they marketed heavily to general practitioners, who ‘may not have a particular specialty in that area.'” (05/31/17)