Tag Archives: war on drugs

Marino withdraws as nominee for top US drug thug position

Source: USA Today

“Tom Marino, President Trump’s nominee for drug czar, has withdrawn amid a flap over opioid policy, the president said Tuesday. ‘Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!’ The announcement came after 60 Minutes and The Washington Post reported that, as a U.S. House member from Pennsylvania, Marino was the key lawmaker behind legislation that made it virtually impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration to freeze suspicious narcotics shipments from drug companies.” [editor’s note: I can see why working to thwart drug thuggery would be a disqualification for the position of top drug thug – TLK] (10/17/17)


WA: Voters cannot ban injections sites by ballot initiative, judge rules

Source: KIRO 7 News

“Voters do not have the authority through ballot initiatives to decide if supervised injection sites should be banned, according to a King County Judge’s ruling on Monday. Over the summer, a group gathered nearly 70,000 signatures for a February ballot initiative that would allow the public to vote on banning injection sites. Seattle leaders, who support safe injection sites, joined a lawsuit to get I-27 off the ballot and stop the public vote. On Monday, King County Judge Alecia Galvan declared that I-27 is invalid because it ‘extends beyond the scope of the local initiative power.’ Galvan instructed that it not be included in winter ballot.” (10/16/17)


Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe

Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)


Decriminalization is not enough

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)


The war on some drugs

Source: Mises Canada
by Doug Casey

“Longtime readers know that although I personally abstain from drugs and generally eschew the company of abusive users, I think they should be 100% legal. Not just cannabis. All drugs. The most important reason is moral and ethical. Your primary possession is your own body. If you don’t own it, and don’t have a right to do whatever you want with it, then you in fact have no rights at all. That’s the main reason why the drug war itself is criminal, and morally insane. The economic, medical, practical, and many other reasons to repeal prohibition are important, but strictly secondary. Few people consider how arbitrary, and historically recent, the current prohibition is; until the Harrison Act was passed in 1914, heroin and cocaine were both perfectly legal and easily obtainable over the counter.” (09/25/17)


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)