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July 2006



Officials say Kansas becoming crossroads of drug trade

Don’t laugh. That’s what the headline says. Apparently drugs are transported on the interstates (along with just about every other avenue you can imagine).

Since 1993, officers in Saline and Dickinson counties have poured “significant” resources into the task force, said Salina Police Chief Jim Hill, and recovered thousands of pounds in drugs and nearly […]

Open Thread and Reading material

“bullet” Time for boomers to ‘fess up by Karen Bojar

The willingness to incarcerate large numbers of people for minor drug offenses is the shame of the baby-boom generation. A generation of young people in the ’60s and early ’70s experimented with drugs and for the most part did so with impunity. Many powerful and […]

A message from parents in Iowa

In a moving OpEd in the Des Moines Register, Fran and Ray Koonz talk about their son who has served 10 years and will serve 12 more. One of the problems with the prohibition is that even when there are individuals who seriously abuse drugs and need help, neither they nor society are served well […]

Connect the Dots


WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.

President Bush:

it’s so important for Americans to know that the traffic in drugs finances the work […]

Prohibition and the destruction of Mexico

Norm Stamper has an outstanding piece at Alternet: How Legalizing Drugs Will End the Violence

… Virtually every analysis of the Mexican “drug problem” points to the themes raised here: the inducements of big money and wide fame; the crushing poverty of those exploited by drug dealers; the entrepreneurial frenzy of expanding and protecting one’s […]

Trolling for people to search

CDEX is developing a “drug gun” that is expected to be available in March 2007, that uses ultraviolet light to detect trace residue of meth, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana on clothing, skin, cars, houses… Wow! Pretty smart ultraviolet light, eh? How much you want to bet that there are 10 times as many legal substances […]

DEA targets America

Our DEA museum response site now has its own domain:

Slight movement on the Crack-Powder disparity

An incoherent report by Stefanie Hausner in the Washington Times about a half-assed measure in Congress to bring us to a slightly improved situation regarding institutionalized racism by the government… but I guess we should be pleased.

A bipartisan group of four U.S. senators, all former state attorneys general, presented legislation yesterday to reduce the […]

Reefer Man

Something to brighten up your day at YouTube– Cab Calloway sings “Reefer Man”

[Via Hit and Run]

Flyers are on the way

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