freebroccoli:

Features of the drug war:

  • Expensive
  • Unconstitutional
  • Bigger government
  • Curtailment of liberty


Things conservatives are supposed to stand for:

  • Fiscal responsibility
  • The Constitution
  • Small government
  • Individual liberty
  • The drug war?

» Latin American nations push UN to drop zero tolerance on drugs

c4ss:

… Then, sitting presidents from across the region began to speak out, urging the US to rethink policies that they say have only contributed to more violence and mayhem in Latin America. This spring they pushed the topic onto the agenda for the summit of theOrganization of American States (OAS), which for the first time agreed to study alternative drug policies. And then Uruguay proposed a state-regulated legal marijuana market that would be the first of its kind. …

anarchei:

Marijuana
And despite such studies from government, the State still resorts to violent suppression of anyone growing or using it. Perhaps there is more to it than the official story? HD
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» L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now

misesman:

“The drug war is so ridiculous that it is never ceases to amaze me how any sane man can support it. What the federal government and the city of Los Angeles are doing is waging war on a plant. And both will lock you in a cell to be raped and humiliated and ruined financially if you possess too much of this evil plant. Of course, you can drink a case of beer or a bottle of rum every night and no one will bother you,” says Laurence Vance.

» Saying No to Costly Drug Laws - NYTimes.com

WARSAW — In the year 2000, as the president of Poland, I signed one of Europe’s most conservative laws on drug possession. Any amount of illicit substances a person possessed meant they were eligible for up to three years in prison. Our hope was that this would help to liberate Poland, and especially its youths, from drugs that not only have a potential to ruin the lives of the people who abuse them but also have been propelling the spread of H.I.V. among people who inject them.


We assumed that giving the criminal justice system the power to arrest, prosecute and jail people caught with even minuscule amounts of drugs, including marijuana, would improve police effectiveness in bringing to justice persons responsible for supplying illicit drugs. We also expected that the prospect of being put behind bars would deter people from abusing illegal drugs, and thus dampen demand.

We were mistaken on both of our assumptions. Jail sentences for the possession of illicit drugs — in any amount and for any purpose — did not lead to the jailing of drug traffickers. Nor did it prove to be a deterrent to drug abuse.

What the law did do, however, was enable the police to increase their arrest numbers by hauling in droves of young people caught with small amounts of marijuana. More than a half of all arrests under the law were of people aged 24 and younger. Criminalization of drug users resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of identified cases of drug possession: from 2,815 in 2000 to 30,548 in 2008.

The vast majority of those individuals were not drug dealers. Some of them, however, were adolescents whose prospects for careers as lawyers, public officials or teachers were suddenly blighted.

The law also proved to be very expensive for taxpayers. A cost-benefit analysis by a Polish think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, showed that the statute cost about €20 million a year, with no positive effect.

Significant numbers of professionals working in the criminal justice system, including prosecutors and judges, when asked whether they believed the law worked as it was supposed to, concluded that it was not an effective tool in combating drug trafficking.

It is my hope that political and community leaders in other countries, especially in Eastern Europe, will learn from Poland’s experience in criminalizing drug possession, a move that clearly fell short of its goals. Such a policy failure should not be repeated anywhere else in the world.

For this reason, I decided to join the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an effort by former heads of state — including César Gaviria of Colombia, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, Ruth Dreifuss of Switzerland and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico — to advocate for reform of ineffective drug laws. I feel honored to have become the first former president of a country from Eastern Europe to join this body. I very much encourage political leaders from other regions of the world to sign on and show their support for policies that actually protect citizens.

The Global Commission offers a set of policy recommendations that should be the cornerstones of drug laws around the world. One of the main approaches that the commission supports is the decriminalization of drug use and possession of drugs for personal use.

I was one of the supporters of the effort in Poland to revise the drug possession law of 2000. It now protects users from prosecution for having small amounts of drugs for personal use and allows prosecutors to discontinue legal proceedings against drug users.

I then began to champion the idea that drug dependence ought to be treated as a disease rather than a criminal justice problem. Poland can and should improve its treatment programs for people dependent on opiates. At present, substitution treatment — with methadone — is available to only about 8 percent of Polish patients.

Despite the recommendations of the World Health Organization, and largely as a result of mistaken assumptions, methadone and other opiate substitution treatments are illegal in Russia and overregulated in Ukraine. In Poland, Russia and Ukraine, needle exchange programs are still small-scale and do not reach all those needing help. But such programs are one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent infection among people who inject drugs.

East European leaders should press for a halt to incarcerating people for possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use and should start treating drug addiction as a public health issue. Taking more effective action to end the H.I.V. epidemic driven by the abuse of injected drugs is vital. The spread of H.I.V. among people who inject drugs in Russia and Ukraine is a grave concern even beyond their borders, and it is also my responsibility to advocate for these much-needed policy shifts.

Political leaders these days have ample evidence as to which approaches to drug policy actually help societies function better, and rigorous scientific investigation should always form the basis of policy making. Our role as politicians is to protect our communities and improve the functioning of our states. This may mean that we have to admit to having made mistakes. Fortunately now we know how to correct them
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“I guess I never caught that bug where you’re only supposed to care about your own country or your own local area. To me, 49 decapitated Mexicans is just as bad as 49 decapitated Americans and I know if there were 49 decapitated Americans in the street anywhere in the country, it would be like 9/11 all over again. It would be the largest news story for years - if it just happened once - but it happens time and time again in Mexico… and I guess as long as Americans aren’t getting decapitated, apparently the rest of the country, and especially our media, couldn’t give a damn and that’s part of what’s sick and wrong with this country’s media. And so, we march on as if nothing is wrong, as if everything is hunky dory, as if the war on drugs makes sense and hasn’t created these grotesque gangs that grow larger and more grotesque by the day - and it’s not because of the drugs. It’s because the drugs are illegal.”

- Cenk Uygur commenting on the 49 bodies that were recently found decapitated in Mexico and on the continued War on Drugs, which has claimed over 62,000 lives since just 2006 (via mohandasgandhi)

Former Carter Staffer Attacks Pat Robertson for His Stance on Pot, Over-Incarceration

During a 700 Club broadcast earlier this month, evangelical firebrand Pat Robertson repeatedhis belief that marijuana should be decriminalized, and that “every time the liberals pass a bill—I don’t care what it involves—they stick criminal sanctions on it. They don’t feel there is any way people are going to keep a law unless they can put them in jail.”

Right on cue, Jimmy Carter’s former secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano has an op-ed in the Washington Post begging—nay, demanding—that Robertson think of the children:

I can’t understand why an evangelical leader like the Rev. Robertson, who claims to be so devoted to protecting the young in our materialistic, instant-gratification, sexually-charged modern society, would want to legalize a third drug like marijuana, when we have shown such little ability to keep our two legal drugs, tobacco and alcohol, out of the hands of our children and teens.

In World War II we used to say, “ Loose lips sink ships.” In debates about the war on drugs, loose lips can sink children and teens.

Parents and teachers, clergy, and everyone involved in a child’s life should understand that marijuana is a risky and addictive drug with serious health and social consequences. Rev. Robertson, before you speak again on this subject please remember this: Drugs are not dangerous because they are illegal; they are illegal because they are dangerous.

As for Robertson’s suggestion that pot be regulated like alcohol and tobacco, Califano rejects it out of hand:

Contrary to Robertson’s belief that legalizing marijuana will reduce our nation’s incarceration rates, the fact is that only 2 percent of all inmates are incarcerated for marijuana possession as their controlling or only offense.

Indeed, legalizing marijuana will likely increase criminal activity. Some two-thirds of incarcerated felons (1.5 million) meet the medical criteria for addiction and marijuana is commonly one of the first steps on the road to other drug addiction.

Most violent felonies, such as murder, rape and aggravated assault, occur when the perpetrator is high or drunk, and the lion’s share of property crime involves people seeking money to buy drugs. And the legal drug alcohol that Robertson wants marijuana to be treated like is implicated in more violent crime than any other substance.

The notion that taxing sales of marijuana will provide a windfall for our public coffers is another (bong) pipe dream. For every $1 of taxes on tobacco and alcohol, our nation incurs $9 in state and federal health-care, criminal justice and social-service costs. These costs will skyrocket if legalization becomes the norm, increasing the drain on our public coffers.

We can't help young people unless we hurt them first Perhaps Califanohasn’t read up on Portugal, which decriminalized drugs across the board and saw its addiction rates plummet; the occurrence of new HIV cases plummet; drug-related crimes plummet; and drug-related law enforcement spending plummet.

As for the one-dollar-in-nine-dollars-out claim: The Office of National Drug Control Policy will have a budget of around $25.6 billion next year, and local and state governments will spend billions more of their own tax revenue investigating, arresting, trying, and locking up users and dealers; treating uninsured meth makers for third degree burns (incurred via the shake-and-bake method, itself a product of anti-meth policies); giving public assistance to drug-war widows and orphans; and drug-testing unemployed people applying for both jobs and unemployment benefits. Forget one dollar in, nine dollars out: This year, just like last year and every year before it, the U.S. will takes zero dollars in—because you can’t tax something that’s illegal—and fork out billions. 

But Conservatives are racists and want to keep blacks in prison, while Democrats are soooo coool. Yeah, okay

“A troubled 14-year-old Detroit boy broke into his step dad’s bedroom, stole a 12 gauge shotgun and used it to fire 10 shots into his mother as she slept on a couch in the living room of her home.
Police say Joshua Smith killed his mother, Tamiko Robinson, 36, in a hail of gunfire just after midnight on Monday. Grieving family members have custody of Robinson’s surviving 5-year-old daughter — Joshua’s little sister — who witnessed the crime.
According to FOX Detroit News, Robinson’s fiance was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He leapt through a plate glass window to avoid being shot.
After the shooting, police caught the teenager driving around in his mother’s stolen car. He is being held at a juvenile detention center without bond. A judge will determine this weekend if Joshua will be tried as an adult.
Robinson, a dialysis patient, who was battling lupus, struggled to keep Joshua off the streets. Friends say Joshua was a good student, who was on the swim team at Kettering High School. But the lure of the streets and gang banging was too powerful for him to resist.
According to family members, Robinson was a strict disciplinarian, who used the belt unsparingly to keep young Joshua in line. But the boy grew up fast. By age 13, he stood 6-2, and outweighed his sickly mother by at least 50 lbs.
Joshua’s uncle, LeShaun Roberts, told Fox Detroit News that Joshua, 14, “wanted to hang with the big boys,” who were in their twenties.
With her health slowly declining, Robinson may have become a burden to her son, whom she depended on to help around the house.
“His mother was real sick and she called him every time she needed something, and he was tired of that,” explained Roberts. Joshua reportedly ran away from home. But his determined mother found him and brought him back.
Joshua’s cousin, Ceilcia Smith, told FOX Detroit that stories about Joshua gang banging and using drugs were exaggerated.
“Everything everybody’s been talking about — he was joy riding, he was smoking, he was in a gang — you all are lying. He’s been with me,” Smith told FOX 2 News.
Smith said Joshua spent four days playing video games at her house before the shooting. “He [was] in one spot sitting there crying hysterically,” Smith said.
“That’s the reason we called the police. He said somebody shot his mama. He didn’t say he did it. He said somebody did it.”
Smith added: “I know my cousin [isn’t] a straight up killer. He [isn’t a] monster.””

- Sandra Rose

» Cop spends weeks to trick an 18-year-old into possession and sale of a gram of pot

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agniology:

iheartrainbowdash:

ladyalexandria:

More fun from the self-loathing society: This American Life had a show about how young female undercover cops infiltrated a high school and flirted with boys to entrap them into selling pot, so they could charge them with felonies and destroy their lives at an early age.

Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other. 

One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn’t smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn’t want the money — he got it for her as a present. 

A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.
Sick: Young, Undercover Cops Flirted With Students to Trick Them Into Selling Pot (Via Aurich Lawson)
Can you say, “entrapment”?

fickng pigs

i hate cops

what the fuck was the point of this

All I can think of is that tagline: “Weed - Harmless?”

OMG, one of the lecturer at ISFLC was just talking about this!!!!

(Source: anticapitalist)

Legendary singer Tony Bennett called for the U.S. government to legalize drugs during a tribute to Whitney Houston in the hours after her death.

“First it was Michael Jackson, then it was Amy Winehouse and now the magnificent Whitney Houston,” Bennett said. “I’d like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs, so you can it from a doctor, not just some gangsters that just sell it under the table.”

Bennett’s remarks took place at what had originally been planned as an annual pre-Grammy gala hosted by music producer and Houston mentor Clive Davis.

“Let’s legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam,” Bennett said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “No one’s hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it.”

Why I am against the Drug War

As a former raver, I have used extasy and smoked weed with, not only my fellow raver/househeads, but also with my sorority sisters (yep!).  I also did speed, which I do not recommend if you have a lot of stress in your life because it can jump start panic attacks. However, if you do it right, it is actually quite enjoyable.  As I mentioned, I had a lot of stress in my life, like losing both of my grandmothers within a few months apart, living with roommates for the first time and have a terrible time at it. Moreover, I had pressure to do well in school. I suffered a panic attack during a party while high, but I know that drugs were not the cause of it. I would have suffered without it.  Why am I telling all this? Because although this episode made me stopped using MDMA and speed, it has not sway my support for recreational drug use. Yeah, you read this right. I still think these drugs are okay in my book, if taken responsibly. Although I did stop doing those drugs, I was still smoking weed up until 2008. I have a lot of friends who do coke, weed and MDMA and they are highly functional. Some of them work with kids, have successful careers, are musicians/DJs and parents. I always fear that someday, some fucking DEA agents will arrest them and fuck up their lives.  I believe that not everyone reacts the same way with drugs and to punish those who enjoy drugs once in a while is horrible. Addictions are a disease that should be treated not punished.  The Drug War is an evil fabrication by the government and I will do everything to stop it

» Fitchburg Woman and Daughter 'Terrified' as Saw Rips Down Door After Getting Wrong Address in Drug Sweep

a-petro-manifesto:


“Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door. “It was so crazy,” Judy Sanchez said. “I was terrified.”

Now ask yourself, who are you more afraid of? Chainsaw wielding men from the government who can’t find the business end of a GPS, or a solitary drug addict? 

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