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DEA head Karen Tandy on the recent extradition of Mexican cartel leaders:

Number of violent Mexican criminals extradited: 15 Distance and time traveled to get them here: 750 miles and 2 hours Number of Mexican drug cartels impacted: 4

U.S. and Mexican victory against powerful drug syndicates: priceless.

Um… no. There are a number of […]

Open Thread and Miscellaneous Items

“bullet” Two new additions to Guest Drug WarRant from submitters (remember that readers are always welcome to submit items for Guest Drug WarRant, or you can discuss items at the messageboard).

Fascist Insect — a diatribe rejected by Wikipedia End the War on Drugs — a letter by Ned Behrensmeyer published in the Quincy Herald […]

Murder and Marijuana both start with the letter M

We’ve been subjected to some pretty extraordinary moronity in recent days. Let’s start with Right Wing News’ John Hawkins writing in Human Events Online: In Defense of the Drug War. At first I was interested because I thought “Hey, maybe this will be an actual thoughtful attempt to be pro-drug war that will be interesting […]

Some outstanding medical marijuana reading

“bullet” Garden of Weedin’ — this is a really fascinating article by Zach Dundas about the medical marijuana in Oregon. It’s uplifting, but it also makes you realize just how much time we’ve lost in the potential advancements and research that could be happening in medical marijuana. “bullet” Let Them Have Their Pot by Manuel […]

Today’s Drug War Chronicle and Open Thread

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Little things that make me smile

About two years ago, former ONDCP staffer and con-artist Andrea Barthwell put together a series of lectures in Illinois to attack our medical marijuana efforts. I was able to catch her falsifying sponsorship information, which marked essentially the end of the lecture series. Today, the original IllinoisMarijuanaLectures.org website, apparently being allowed to die through expiration, […]

Afghanistan apparently doesn’t want to be run by John Walters

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Rebuffing months of U.S. pressure, Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided against a Colombia-style program to spray this country’s heroin-producing poppies after the Cabinet worried herbicide would hurt legitimate crops, animals and humans, officials said Thursday.

Turns out Canada’s not too thrilled about it either…

A senior State Department official says troops from NATO nations must provide security for opium crop-eradication projects, including new plans for chemical spraying of poppy fields Ö which is something Canada rejects. […]
Plowing up poppy fields angers Afghan farmers who rely on the crops for their livelihood, and fosters a climate of grievance that helps the Taliban in their recruiting efforts.
Canadian commanders in Kandahar have said that any direct involvement by their troops in eradication programs would put their soldiers at risk, and impede their efforts to win the ‹hearts and mindsŠ of the Afghan people.

Anybody else? The UK has some concerns…

THE Afghan government is to launch a poppy eradication campaign in Helmand province which UK military commanders fear will antagonise farmers and drive them into the arms of the Taliban. […]
British commanders have distanced themselves from the initiative, but still fear a backlash against the 5200-strong UK garrison because the Kabul authorities have ruled out compensation for crops.
One said: “The whole thing is being driven by the US, which has become impatient with the lack of progress in cutting poppy cultivation and opium production.
“Our concern is that local villagers tend not to differentiate greatly between armed and uniformed strangers sent by their own government and armed and uniformed strangers from abroad. All they can see is someone in authority destroying their livelihood.
“When that happens, everyone perceived to be involved becomes a target.”

Could it be that other countries are beginning to understand that U.S. drug policy is not only moronic, but is likely to get them killed?

NIDA fails to propagandize Wikipedia

Ryan Grim at The Politico reports on the efforts of the National Institute on Drug Abuse to remove the Wikipedia information about them that is controversial, and replace it with glowing propaganda.

In late August, someone with an IP address that originated from the National Institutes of Health drastically edited the Wikipedia entry for the […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Grits for Breakfast notes that, in Texas, a conservative GOP senator who is a medical doctor has filed a bill authorizing local governments to implement needle exchange programs. It’s going to be a tricky one for the prohibitionists. I wonder how they’ll try to demonize him? “bullet” Blame the Drug War has been following […]

Obligatory SOTU post

“Did you know that the State of the Union Address and Dark Side of the Moon synch up perfectly?”

– Jon Stewart

What a buzz kill that would be.