Tag Archives: war on drugs

NH: Regime is latest to pursue frivolous litigation versus OxyContin manufacturer

Source: Washington Post

"The attorney general's office sued Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the drug manufacturer has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the 'ground zero' of the opioid epidemic [sic]. In a civil complaint, the state alleges that Purdue Pharma has downplayed the drug's risk of addiction, overstated its effectiveness, claimed it is nearly impossible to abuse and failed to report suspicious prescribers. It's the latest in a string of lawsuits by state, county and local governments accusing prescription opioid manufacturers of fraud and deceptive marketing." (08/08/17)


Sessions stays off the grass

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved swiftly to encourage the use of mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture, two major weapons of a war on drugs he seems bent on escalating. But six months after taking office, Sessions, despite his well-known anti-pot prejudices, has not challenged the legalization of marijuana in any serious way, and it is starting to look like he may never do so. Last week the Associated Press reported that an advisory panel Sessions charged with studying the issue 'has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively anti-marijuana views.' While that may seem surprising, there are sound practical and political reasons for Sessions to think twice before trying to shut down the state-licensed marijuana businesses that blatantly violate federal law every day." (08/09/17)


Drugs are the health of the state

Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"If you’ve been listening to the soon-to-be former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ blather for any length of time at all, then you know that he believes that an increasing number of states like Colorado and Washington must be brought firmly to heel for having legalized marijuana over the past several years without federal government permission. It doesn’t matter to him that the states created that federal government in the first place, or how the people of those states, more than weary of the War On (Some) Drugs have voted. He says it’s a matter of federal law and of various treaties that the government has signed (without our permission, by the way) with other governments. Any way you slice it, then it’s all about the law, right? Well, not exactly." (07/30/17)


Philippines: Cops gun down 14 people including mayor denounced by Duterte, arrest daughter in drug raid

Source: New York Daily News

"Philippine police said they fatally shot 14 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in the bloodiest assault so far under Duterte's anti-drug crackdown. Officers were to serve warrants to Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz city to search his houses for the suspected presence of unlicensed firearms when gunmen opened fire on the police, sparking clashes that killed the mayor and at least 14 other people, Ozamiz police chief Jovie Espenido said." (07/30/17)


How many more victims does the drug war need to claim?

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier

"University of Southern California medical school dean Rohit Varma reacted to revelations that his predecessor, Carmen Puliafito, a widely respected ophthalmologist, had regularly consumed hard drugs, by describing Puliafito’s alleged conduct as 'horrible' and 'despicable.' Puliafito is on leave from his position as a USC faculty member and isn’t being allowed to see patients. It hasn’t been claimed to date that patient-care was compromised. No one is so far maintaining that Puliafito’s use of methamphetamine, ecstasy, and other drugs injured anyone under his care or that he mistreated his co-workers. … Some people consume hard drugs in ways that harm themselves and those close to them. Almost four years ago, someone close to me died of a drug overdose after a history of struggles related to heroin and methamphetamine consumption. I don’t want to trivialize the risks. But the reality is that different people’s experiences with drug consumption aren’t the same. Some people consume potentially dangerous substances while enjoying stable and productive lives." (07/21/17)


Oregon wants to defelonize all the drugs

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

"[W]hile the complete legalization of marijuana is now only a matter of when and not if, ending the prohibition of all other illicit substances is not likely to happen anytime soon: that is, unless you live in Oregon where a new bill to decriminalize 'hard drugs' has just passed state house and will make its way to the state senate." (07/22/17)


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)