Tag Archives: war on drugs

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is on the chopping block again. Here’s why that’s not a bad thing.

Source: Reason
by Mike Riggs

“President Donald Trump is poised yet again to slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Politico reports. The plan reportedly involves moving the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) grant to the Department of Justice (DOJ), and moving the Drug Free Communities grant to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That reshuffling makes sense (even if the programs themselves don’t) as the DEA has 600 agents working on HIDTA and HHS reviews applications for Drug Free Communities. Some ONDCP staff would remain in place to consult the White House, which seems redundant in light of the ‘expertise’ provided by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway. (Conway was recently promoted from talking head to leader of the White House Opioid Crisis Team, or whatever it’s officially called.) Yet for some reason, all the reporting I’ve seen on this story suggests that allowing specialized agencies to absorb the ONDCP’s programs would lead to some sort of national drug abuse crisis, which we’ve thus far averted thanks to the ONDCP’s effectiveness and vigilance. None of these articles have mentioned the myriad ways in which the ONDCP has been downright harmful.” (01/19/18)


Stop calling it an opioid crisis

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Singer

“For nearly a decade, policymakers have bought into the misguided narrative that the opioid overdose crisis is a result of careless doctors and greedy pharmaceutical companies getting patients hooked on prescription opioids and condemning them to the nightmarish world of drug addiction. As a result, the Drug Enforcement Administration has ordered decreases in prescription opioid production. There was a 25 percent reduction in 2017 and a 20 percent reduction is ordered for 2018. States have set up monitoring programs that put doctors and patients under surveillance leading to a dramatic reduction in the prescription of opioids since 2010. … This focus on the supply and prescription of opioids makes many patients needlessly suffer in pain.” (01/18/18)


Work requirements in Medicaid will worsen the opioid crisis

Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“Advocates of work requirements in Medicaid have plausibly argued that employment, and ‘“community engagement’ more broadly, is an essential ingredient to a successful recovery. This paints a rosy picture of an opioid addict receiving coordinated case management, in which an initial detox therapy is followed up by a holistic rehabilitation program interspersed with small but meaningful acts of community service. In reality, Medicaid work requirements are unlikely to look anything like this.” (01/16/18)


MO: Judge sentences man to 15 years for being her moral superior in “arrogant and flaunting manner”

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A St. Louis County man whose marijuana conspiracy funded a ‘lifestyle of luxury’ that led to an appearance on a reality show and travel around the world was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig blasted Thomas G. ‘Tommy’ Anderson Jr. in court for running his drug trafficking organization in an ‘arrogant and flaunting manner,’ adding that she’d seen no remorse, no effort to turn his life around and nothing but a continuance of the arrogant manner since his indictment. She would later call it ‘appalling.'” [editor’s note: Fleissig has worked for the largest, most violent, most “arrogant and flaunting” criminal conspiracy on Earth, the US government, for 25 years. She’s not morally qualified to shine Anderson’s shoes, let alone sit in judgment of him – TLK] (01/12/18)


VT: Senate passes recreational marijuana bill

Source: The Hill

“Vermont’s state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, removing the last major roadblock on the drug’s path to legalization in the state. Gov. Phil Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Vermont’s Senate had previously passed a version of the bill last summer, but today’s vote was required to approve the state House of Representatives’s decision to remove a study commission from the bill. The bill removes the civil penalty and fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and allows limited growing of marijuana plants.” (01/10/18)


What weed and DACA need now is law, not orders

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Garry Doan

“[The Cole Memo and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] were simply announced rather than existing rightfully as laws passed by the legislature limiting the reach of another branch. They are nothing more than self-imposed rules that can be dropped at any time by any whim of the President or his men, and, terrifying for some, both have been or are scheduled to be. The Rohrabacher amendment is merely affixed to the budget, preventing federal funds from being used against state medicinal marijuana laws. However, it needs to be attached anew to each new budget to continue to provide patient protections. It has passed every year for several, but past performance is no guarantee of future results. It’s current version expires before the end of this month. As long as none of these things are codified as stand-alone laws, any protection they offer is fleeting and based on the whim of whoever is in charge (generally somebody hated by roughly half of the country). The advantage of law over executive orders and temporary measures is stability.” (01/10/18)


Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary Wood

“A true conservative, in my humble view, cares little about conserving our corrupted Constitution and everything about restoring American federalism — a strict division between state and federal power enshrined in the original Constitution. No better foundation can be used during restoration than the Ninth and Tenth, not as amendments but as keystones.” (01/09/18)


Cato Daily Podcast, 01/09/18

Source: Cato Institute

“A notorious outlaw industrial-scale marijuana farmer is about to get a fairly light sentence for his activities as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows himself to be a somewhat toothless pot warrior. Jim Higdon is author of The Cornbread Mafia. He discusses the numerous signs pointing to the approaching end of marijuana prohibition.” [various formats] (01/09/18)


Trump and sessions are right on the drug war, mostly

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine that: the New York Times favoring states’ rights. Did you ever think you’d see that day? No, the Times’ editorial board doesn’t exactly put it that way, but that’s the import of its position with respect to President Trump’s order to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana or enacted medical marijuana laws. … But the Times has it wrong, just as Obama did. Under the long-established concept known as the ‘rule of law,’ it is incumbent on Trump and Sessions to enforce federal drugs laws against everyone across the board, including people in the states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana.” [editor’s note: Since the “Supreme Law of the Land,” aka the Consitution, enumerates no federal power to control drugs other than in interstate commerce, it is incumbent upon Trump and Sessions, per rule of law, to not enforce those laws at all – TLK] (01/09/18)


Idiot pol: Black people more prone to effects of marijuana due to “genetics”

Source: Yahoo! News

“Kansas State Representative Steve Alford said Sunday blacks are more affected by marijuana because of their ‘character makeup’ and ‘their genetics’ when trying to explain why drugs should be ‘outlawed’ to a room of 60 people — none of whom were African American. Alford made the comment during a legislative coffee session in response to a comment that marijuana would offer an economic boost to Kansas. The 75-year-old Republican also cited the Jim Crow era when all drugs were outlawed in Kansas, according to The Garden City Telegram. … ‘the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that. And so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do a complete reverse with people not remembering what has happened in the past.'” (01/08/18)