Tag Archives: war on drugs

Could legalizing all drugs solve America's opioid epidemic?

Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey Miron

"Drug policy in the U.S. is at a crossroads. On one hand, at least 22 states have decriminalized recreational marijuana, eight of which have gone a step further by legalizing it altogether. At least 29 states permit medical marijuana for qualifying patients. … On the other hand, the opioid epidemic creates pressure in the other direction. Many proposals for taming the epidemic involve further constraining access (for example, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines restricting prescriptions or state laws limiting access to painkillers). In addition, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems intent on reversing marijuana liberalizations, calling marijuana 'only slightly less awful' than heroin." (09/19/17)


NJ: Christie to announce $200 million to fight "opioid crisis"

Source: Raw Story

"Gov. Chris Christie will announce this week $200 million in new initiatives to target the opioid crisis, primarily designed to overhaul addiction services, as he makes a final push on the issue he hopes will define his legacy. In a 90-minute interview with NJ Advance Media on Friday, Christie said the funding will be targeted toward underserved populations — the uninsured, individuals on Medicaid, babies born with addiction and their mothers. The money will come out of the budgets of eight state departments, he said. The governor said he hopes the initiative will significantly improve the way New Jersey approaches substance abuse treatment and prevention by putting more emphasis on making sure care is geared toward sustained sobriety. That will be done by standardizing data collection and building seamless channels for holistic care for addicts through incentive-based programs that reward providers who focus on the long-term." (09/17/17)


Philippines: Duterte's son denies meth smuggling claims as case rivets Manila

Source: Bloomberg

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s son denied any involvement in a drug smuggling case that is captivating the nation. Paolo Duterte, the vice mayor of Davao City, on Thursday appeared before a Senate committee investigating how 604 kilograms (1,330 pounds) of the drug known as crystal meth slipped through the Bureau of Customs in May. A broker who handled the shipment initially said his customs transactions were facilitated by a group claiming to have links with Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, Manases Carpio. … President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly said he’ll resign if any of his family members are found guilty of corruption or involvement with drug smuggling. Since taking office in June 2016, Duterte has waged a deadly war on illegal drugs that has been condemned by the United Nations, the European Union and human rights advocates." (09/07/17)


Sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

"Sanctuary cities deliberately refer to themselves using this confrontational terminology, indicating that they provide a sanctuary for those who are in the country illegally. They do so by refusing to aid the federal government in enforcing federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities could be less confrontational if they dropped the terminology and simply said they enforce their own laws, but they do not enforce the laws of other governments. Sanctuary cities are not shielding immigrants from federal enforcement, they just are not cooperating with the federal government to enforce federal law. My reaction to this less confrontational view of sanctuary cities is to think that local law enforcement agencies enforce local laws, and it is up to the federal government to enforce federal laws. Why should local governments be required to enforce the laws of the federal government?" (09/06/17)


Only one way to end drug war violence

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Two police officers in Kissimmee, Florida, were recently shot and killed while investigating illegal drug activity in a dangerous part of town. According to the New York Times, government officials praised the officers for their service and asked Floridians to pray for other law-enforcement personnel. President Trump weighed in with a tweet in which he offered his thoughts and prayers for the Kissimmee police and their families. There is one big thing about that picture, however: It is the drug war itself, which Trump and, no doubt, most of the Kissimmee police department, favor, that is the reason that those two police officers are dead." (08/25/17)


Germany: Police steal 5,000 ecstasy tablets bearing Trump's face

Source: United Press International

"Police in Germany announced they seized about 5,000 ecstasy tablets modeled after the head of U.S. President Donald Trump. Osnabrueck Police said they searched a car during a traffic stop about 9 p.m. Saturday and discovered the approximately $12,900 worth of ecstasy tablets, which bore the image of Trump's face on one side and his name on the opposite side." [editor's note: Ecstasy is just $2.50 a hit in Germany? Who knew? – TLK] (08/22/17)


The US is fanning the flames of violence in Mexico

Source: CounterPunch
by Edward Hunt

"Mexican President Felipe Calderon went to war against the country’s drug cartels. Although it was unclear whether Calderon was legally justified in launching the internal military campaign, he set aside such concerns and began deploying tens of thousands of military forces across the country, setting off a major drug war. … Right away, the military-backed surge operations had devastating consequences for Mexico. Not only did they prompt a vicious backlash from the country's drug cartels, but they sparked an increase in drug-related violence, or 'soaring Cartel-related bloodshed,' as U.S. diplomats described it. Nevertheless, U.S. officials remained optimistic about the operations. Instead of questioning the logic of legally dubious military operations that were increasing violence in the country, they began thinking that they should help the Mexican government escalate the operations." (08/22/17)


MI: Proposal would have shut down state's medical marijuana dispensaries

Source: WILX 10

"A proposal to shut down every marijuana dispensary in the state of Michigan is tabled for now. But the proposal sent panicked patients to a marijuana licensing board meeting Monday afternoon. The state board which oversees medical marijuana proposed a resolution at the meeting that would shut down all dispensaries by September 5th. Board Member Donald Bailey made the proposal. The retired Michigan State Police sergeant says dispensaries are in violation of the state medical marijuana act. According to Mlive, Bailey proposed that if dispensaries did not close by Sept. 15, they would not be eligible for licenses under the new dispensary licensing system. On December 15, the board will begin accepting applications for dispensaries to get licenses. The issue on the table is what to do with current dispensaries that are open now." (08/22/17)


Philippines: Police murder 32, abduct 107 in one day

Source: Los Angeles Times

"Philippine police said Wednesday that an updated report shows anti-drug operations in a northern province this week left 32 alleged drug offenders dead — 11 more than earlier reported as the highest death toll in a single day since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs a year ago. Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said 66 police operations in various parts of Bulacan province Tuesday left 32 suspects dead in encounters with police, while 107 others were arrested." (08/16/17)


The weakness of Trump's plan to fight opioids

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"When voters elected Donald Trump, they knew that he lacked governing experience. But many felt an outsider was needed to shake up a failed status quo. The calculation was especially understandable for folks hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. Under the status quo, they saw addiction and death ravaging their communities. Why wouldn't they favor radical change? But President Trump hasn't brought an outsider's perspective to the opiate crisis. He hasn't challenged the entrenched assumptions of career politicians in Washington, D.C., or proposed sweeping changes to America's approach to narcotics. Instead, he convened a panel to study the matter, then announced he is doubling down on 'law and order.' He promised an increase in federal drug prosecutions and longer sentences for convicts. Is there anything more Washington, D.C., than doubling down on the War on Drugs? I've criticized literally every president since Nixon for extending this failure. A portion of the public trusted Trump to solve this crisis. And all he has to offer is weak appeals to policies that have failed for six decades." (08/10/17)