Send comments, tips,
and suggestions to:
pete@drugwarrant.com
Join us on Pete’s couch.
If I wanted to win the hearts and minds of farmers in Latin America and Afghanistan, I probably wouldn’t start by destroying their fields and removing their only hope of feeding their families.Guitherisms

 

DrugWarRant.com, the longest running single-issue blog devoted to drug policy, is published by the Prohibition Isn’t Free Foundation

April 2006
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Archives

Putting lipstick on a pig

Via The Agitator, John Walters is not having a good day.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. drug czar has been challenged to explain disputed statistics underlying a string of rosy reports on progress in cutting the flow of cocaine from South America, one of which prompted an expert to liken the official numbers to “lipstick […]

Let’s ship drug offenders to gulags in other countries!

Link

South Carolina General Assembly H.4865 Sponsors: Rep. Davenport A bill… relating to the confinement of prisoners, so as to provide that the Department of Corrections may enter into agreements with foreign countries for the confinement of inmates convicted of drug related offenses…

That’s right. We can use extraordinary rendition for pot smokers! Yeah […]

Mexico legalizing tiny amounts of drugs?

Link

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by Congress. The measure given final passage by senators in a late night session on Thursday allows police to focus on their […]

Would you turn this girl in?

I can’t believe this!

University of Colorado police have posted pictures of 150 people on a website smoking pot on the “420” day celebration last week and are offering a $50 reward for anyone who can identify them.

What are they going to do? Prosecute? Based on a picture of smoking… something? The sick […]

House Group Challenges FDA

At the Drug War Chronicle

A week after the US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) issued a one-page opinion claiming marijuana has no proven medical uses — a position that ignores the much more comprehensive analysis done by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine in 1999 — a bipartisan group of 24 House members led by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has called on the agency to explain its reasoning and offer scientific proof for its position.
“Despite the fact that you are responding to a scientific question, your press release failed to provide any scientific expertise,” the representatives wrote in a Thursday letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach. “We call on you to show us the purported scientific evidence for the basis of this response. There is no evidence that you have new scientific proof or that you oversaw clinical trials. It perplexes us that even though the FDA is responsible for protecting public health, the agency has failed to respond adequately to the IOM’s findings seven years after the study’s publication date.”

Representatives who signed the letter: Maurice Hinchey, Ron Paul, Barney Frank, Sam Farr, Tammy Baldwin, Ral Grijalva, Robert Wexler, Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Dana Rohrabacher, Jim McDermott, Tom Lantos, Jerrold Nadler, John Olver, Lois Capps, Julia Carson, Peter Stark, Jan Schakowsky, George Miller, Zoe Lofgren, Tom Allen, Barbara Lee, Gary Ackerman

Study: Vaporization a Safe and Effective Cannabinoid Delivery System

Via NORML

Leiden, the Netherlands: Vaporization is a “safe and effective” cannabinoid delivery system for patients desiring the rapid onset of action associated with inhalation, but who are seeking to avoid the respiratory risks of smoking, according to clinical trial data to be published in the Journal of Pharamceutical Sciences. Researchers at Leiden University’s Institute […]

Drug War Travesties

These have been widely reported elsewhere, but in case you missed them, I wanted to give you the links: “bullet” Torturing Drug War Suspects: I talked about it some time ago, but Radley brings back to the net the case of the torture of Eugene Siler. Cops torture him to get him to sign a […]

Sen. Grassley tells Bush to fire the Drug Czar

Des Moines Register today

In a conference call with Iowa reporters, Grassley [R-Iowa] said: “I think the president ought to fire the drug czar.” He said that he wrote Walters calling for more action on meth and the response he received was “basically, bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo.” Walters and the Office of National Drug Control Policy continue […]

Slightly Off Topic

“bullet” I’m recommending that you advance order Glenn Greenwald’s new book “How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok.” While I don’t know if the drug war is specifically mentioned in the book, it has a lot of relevancy, as the book deals extensively with the further destruction of the […]

FDA learns from DEA agent; shoots self in foot

Boy, I wonder if anyone at the FDA foresaw this. The FDA statement against medical marijuana has been received around the nation (and even the world), as if NASA had proclaimed that the earth is flat. It was such an obvious political lie (especially when the FDA is facing criticism for political decisions in a […]