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Want to read a great take-down of the DEA’s Karen Tandy? Radley Balko’s got it.

Have we squeezed every last drop of Raich speculation? No.

Let’s recycle some speculation. It’s fun, and helps pass the 14,515,200 seconds that have slipped by while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on Raich (that’s 168 days for the rest of you). Larry wrote today and asked

“Kennedy wrote the wine case decision. Is that good news for Raich?”

Larry was referring back […]

Is Plan Colombia on its way out?

This just in from Hugh O’Shaughnessy in The Independent:

Washington’s “war on drugs” in Colombia is collapsing in chaos and corruption, and the drug producers are winning. The so-called Plan Colombia, which has cost the US more than $3bn (Ł1.6bn) in the past five years, is being abandoned, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced.

I don’t have any other confirmation. If this is true, it’s huge!

[Thanks to mayan at Cannabis News]

Update: I’m taking this one very cautiously. Several other international papers have picked this up, but only as a reprint of the O’Shaughnessy article. Nothing on the State Department press site, and as of Thursday, Rice was still talking about asking for more money for the Andean drug initiative.

No Raich Decision yet

Still no Raich v. Ashcroft decision (next opportunity is next Monday). However, the Justices did rule on the other commerce clause case (although it’s the Dormant Commerce Clause) in a 5-4 decision stating that states could not prevent out-of-state wineries from shipping directly to customers in their state. It’s really hard to say whether you […]