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Any DrugWarRant readers in Prague, Budapest or Vienna?

I’m going to be taking a vacation soon to Central Europe. While I won’t have a lot of extra time, if there are readers particularly in Prague, Budapest or Vienna, I’d love to get together for some coffee and discuss drug policy.

I’ll be in Prague (and Řevnice) from September 9-15, Litomyšl on September 16, […]

Drug Czar salary cuts?

Via Tom at DARE Generation Diary comes this major put-down (search for ONDCP) of the Drug Czar’s office by the Senate Appropriations Committee: (emphasis added)

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

The Committee recommends an appropriation of $11,500,000 for ONDCP’s salaries and expenses. This amount is $11,809,000 below the budget request and $15,139,000 below the fiscal year 2006 enacted […]

DEA stoops even lower

Remember when DEA spokesman Steve Robertson responded to our efforts in protesting their museum propaganda by claiming:

“We’re a law enforcement agency — we enforce the laws as they are written. Congress makes the laws.”

Well, once again, I call bullshit.

Check this out.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is stepping into the political fray to […]

Another good OpEd in the Seattle Times and more

We’re just racking up the support for drug policy reform in a range of major newspapers. Also importantly, the most intelligent, factual, well-written and well-argued pieces tend to be on our side. Sort of goes against the stereotype of the wild-eyed druggie legalizer, doesn’t it? In fact, more and more it is the prohibitionists who […]

The Czars’ Reefer Madness

John Tierney in the New York Times

“Drug policy is irrelevant,” says Cohen, the former director of the Center for Drug Research at the University of Amsterdam. It’s quite logical, he says, to theorize that outlawing drugs would have an impact, but experience shows otherwise, both in America and in some European countries with stricter […]

Tea blogging

You may remember that the folks at Kasora special reserved teas had offered to send me some of their tea. Well, they came through and even though I’ve been bribed with tea, I can honestly report that they’ve got some great stuff.

This is not the kind of tea where you put a bag in […]

Lethal?

What absolutely irresponsible reporting!

I thought we had disposed of this nonsense a while ago, but there’s been an arrest in conjunction with the marijuana gumballs, which gave the media the opportunity to spew this:

Howard County police said each gumball contained about one gram of marijuana. The state forensic lab has not determined if […]

Insane people speak

1.

I never knew that the drug traffickers in Afghanistan had an ambassador (or perhaps she’s their girlfriend). What else could explain Ann Coulter’s statement:

COULTER: But as for catching Usama, it’s irrelevant. Things are going swimmingly in Afghanistan.

Obviously, she’s thrilled about the 40 percent increase in opium cultivation.

2.

Katherine Harris (who must […]

ONDCP wasting taxpayer funds

OK, so that’s not really news, but having the GAO remind people shortly when the ONDCP is up for refunding can’t be helping their day. Adweek: GAO: $1 Bil.+ Anti-Drug Effort Ineffective

WASHINGTON A Government Accountability Office probe of the White House’s anti-drug media campaign has found that the $1 billion-plus spent on the effort […]

America on Drugs

Pierre Tristam has an outstanding piece: When Admitting Failure Is Forbidden – America On Drugs. The whole thing is worth reading and quoting. Here’s a snippet.

The country is addicted to the bureaucracy of the war. It keeps prisons in business. It keeps police departments fattening up their ranks. It lets politicians on the stump […]