Tag Archives: war on drugs

State governments are becoming the biggest drug lords of all

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“[S]tates that are ‘liberalizing’ their marijuana laws are not doing so by simply repealing existing laws that make the possession, distribution, and production of these products illegal. Instead, the states are creating a complex regime of control, regulation, and taxation. By these expedients, state governments are in effect responding to the public’s growing opposition to the old regime of arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment by creating a legalized arrangement in which the governments themselves will rig the markets and skim off a large part of the earnings of sellers via fees and taxation. Thus, the state governments are turning themselves into de facto landlords of drug-dealer sharecroppers: the producers that grow, process, and sell marijuana will be required to pay the government what amounts to a share of the income.” (04/21/17)


MA: Prosecutors dismiss more than 21,500 drug cases in wake of lab chemist’s misconduct

Source: Washington Post

“Prosecutors in eight counties around Boston revealed Tuesday that they would dismiss 21,587 drug cases tainted by the misconduct of Massachusetts state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan over a period of eight years, although nearly all of those convicted in her cases have already served their sentences. The beginning of the end of the state’s first drug lab scandal — another chemist in western Massachusetts may be responsible for just as many flawed cases — came five years after Dookhan’s actions were discovered, and over the strenuous objections of state prosecutors, who pushed for individual reconsideration of Dookhan’s cases rather than mass resolution. Dookhan admitted falsifying reports, contaminating samples intentionally, grouping multiple samples together or simply not doing drug testing she certified she had done. Dookhan pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice and served three years in prison.” [editor’s note: Next step — recovering restitution for the victims from the personal finances of Dookhan and every prosecutor who kept people in prison instead of immediately dismissing the cases when she was caught – TLK] (04/19/17)


Why must the spice flow?

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Charles Day

“In recent days, the media has been discussing a ‘zombie plague’ in our cities. Users of the synthetic cannabinoid drug known as Spice can become paralytically intoxicated and may be a danger to themselves and others through erratic and sometimes violent behaviour. It has also been said to have the physically and psychologically addictive properties of heroin and crack. It is developing into a crisis for our emergency services. Yet, paradoxically, this new outbreak can be directly linked to further restrictions on the harmful drug. Spice is a drug so unpleasant that there is no real commercial market for it. A market in prisons only arose after mandatory urine testing was introduced for herbal cannabis in 2005.” (04/12/17)


Drug war theater, North Carolina edition: Hospital workers feign illness after getting caught eating pot brownies

Source: WISH 8 TV News

“Six employees at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville were treated [sic] in the emergency room after eating cookies and muffins that had been laced with pot. ‘These days and times, nothing hardly surprises me anymore,’ said William Revell, a Statesville resident. Melvin Tomlin believes it’s possible the employees interacted with patients before realizing they were sick [sic]. … Investigators said a worker brought in cookies and muffins that a family member had baked and left them in the kitchen. The worker told police they didn’t know there was THC oil, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, in the cookies.” [editor’s note: Being high on marijuana isn’t being sick any more than being drunk on alcohol or buzzed on caffeine is. This is just melodramatic horseapples – TLK] (04/05/17)


Drug war lessons from communists

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Like the Trump administration, the communist regime in China has announced its intention to crack down in the war on drugs. The fact that the crackdown is coming from one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world should serve as a lesson to the American people about the real nature and purpose of drug laws. According to an article posted at talkingdrugs.org, Guo Shengkun, China’s minister of public safety and head of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said that the communist regime is intensifying its drug-war crackdown to reduce drug use by targeting both consumers and suppliers. Sound familiar? That, of course, is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing for decades, without any success in reducing drug usage.” (04/05/17)


Why should someone die waiting for a kidney?

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“The war on drugs is insidious. A kidney patient in Maine has been taken off a transplant wait list for using medical marijuana, even though both the medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal in Maine. … Mr. Godfrey has been waiting for a kidney since 2003. Why? Why can’t he just buy one from a willing donor or the family of a deceased individual? Because the federal government won’t let him. Why can’t some philanthropist just buy one from a willing donor or the family of a deceased individual? Again, because the federal government won’t let him.” (04/04/17)


Felony Friday, episode 65

Lions of Liberty

Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today the founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Amy Povah, joins Felony Friday to share her remarkable story. The CAN-DO Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates clemency for all non-violent drug offenders. When Amy was 28 years old, she was convicted on a conspiracy charge and received a 24 year sentence. She received such a harsh sentence due to the fact that she refused to cooperate with federal officials who were attempting to infiltrate her then husband’s massive ecstasy distribution ring. Amy never stopped fighting for her freedom after imprisonment. She attracted the attention of several media outlets and started a massive letter writing campaign, which led seventeen members of the House and Senate to write letters in support of Amy’s clemency. Justice prevailed when President Clinton granted Amy’s clemency on July 7th, 2000 and she was set free.” [various formats] (03/31/17)


Jeff Sessions’s terrible truth about drugs is a lie

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“‘Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life,’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared last week. The main problem with that message: It isn’t true. Yes, using drugs, both legal and illegal ones, can destroy your life, but typically it doesn’t. By arguing that drug education should proceed from a false premise, Sessions reminds us what was wrong with the Just Say No propaganda he would like to revive.” (03/22/17)


Jeff Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Lost in the brouhaha about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials is an appropriate consideration of the pernicious influence he could have on policy toward illegal drugs. At a time when America seems poised to adopt a more enlightened policy on that issue, Sessions could set back progress at least a generation. Especially when it comes to policy regarding marijuana, Sessions emulates Rip Van Winkle. He apparently went to sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a ‘war’ on illegal drugs in 1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber. There is little evidence that Sessions understands what havoc the war on drugs has wrought both domestically and internationally since Nixon issued his declaration.” (03/17/17)


AZ: “Border Patrol” thugs steal 1,100 pounds of vegetation

Source: Nogales International

“U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station [stole] more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck and horse trailer last Friday evening. … The truck and trailer were towed to the Nogales Station, where agents unloaded 48 marijuana bundles. The load was valued at almost $580,000, the Border Patrol said.” (03/13/17)