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Ditch these drug laws

Editorial in today’s New York Times (New Jersey Edition)

New Jersey is missing out on an excellent ( if necessarily incomplete ) remedy for its fiscal crisis. Sadly, the only reason is that the state’s elected officials have been too scared to touch it. The remedy is to change the state’s misguided drug laws. They […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Bizarre column of the week comes from Kyle Klavetter, Staff Writer of The University of Tulsa Collegian. Pot Lacks Purpose

But must the first steps on the road to recovering freedoms from the fount of Constitutional federalism make legalizing marijuana a salient point? […] America is a purposed nation. America serves God. The practical […]

Ron Paul – Repeal the Whole War on Drugs

Powerful video from the PBS Republican Presidential Debates. Via

Mass Incarceration in the United States: At What Cost?

Viriginia Senator Jim Webb has been concerned about the prison issue, but he doesn’t serve on the Judiciary Committee. However, he is on the Joint Economic Committee, so… On Thursday, October 4,

Joint Economic Committee to Examine Economic Costs of Surge in U.S. Prison Population and Possible Solutions Hearing on Costs of Mass Incarceration Called […]

Drug Czar: Sentient?

Whenever I report on some propaganda that’s so outrageously stupid that no sentient being could possibly credit it, there’s one sure place that it’ll turn up next… …the Drug Czar’s “blog”:

Marijuana: Harmless?

“CRIMINAL gangs are trafficking hundreds of children into Britain and forcing them to work in cannabis factories,

Could it be that the […]

Good Stuff

“bullet” TChris at TalkLeft on a much needed victory for the Fourth Amendment: Patriot Act Provision Declared Unconstitutional “bullet” And more Fourth Amendment good news….

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Michigan law that requires pedestrians under 21 to submit to a breath test without a search warrant. The American Civil Liberties Union, which […]

More super-silliness from across the pond

Why is it drug warriors in Britain seem to lose all capability of reason when it comes to cannabis? Here’s the latest in sensationalist reporting on cannabis (also reported here)

Child-trafficking gangs force kids to work in cannabis factories CRIMINAL gangs are trafficking hundreds of children into Britain and forcing them to work in cannabis […]

Drug War side effect – low crime clearance rates

Some time ago, I wrote about a compelling bit of criminal justice reporting by Scott Christianson related to crime clearance rates — the percentages of violent crimes and property crimes that are solved through arrest or other means. Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast applies Christianson’s analysis to current dismal clearance rates and the recent […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Canada Backs Call to Step Up Fight Against Afghan Drugs — Some sane voices in this article. Unfortunately, not the ones making the decisions. “bullet” Obama is So Bad on Drug Policy, He Got Endorsed By Prison Guards – Scott Morgan “bullet” The Federal War on Medical Marijuana Becomes a War on Children

But […]

Record High Marijuana Arrests

Via NORML…

Marijuana Arrests For Year 2006 829,625 Tops Record High…Nearly 15
Percent Increase Over 2005
September 24, 2007 – Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC: Police arrested a record 829,625 persons for marijuana
violations in 2006, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. This is the largest total
number of annual arrests for pot ever recorded by the FBI. Marijuana arrests
now comprise nearly 44 percent of all drug arrests in the United States.
“These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor
marijuana offenders,” said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, who
noted that at current rates, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds
in America. “This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources
that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and
violent crime, including the war on terrorism.”
Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 89 percent some
738,915 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 90,710
individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes
all cultivation offenses even those where the marijuana was being grown for
personal or medical use. In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested
were age 19 or younger.

YEAR
MARIJUANA ARRESTS

2006
829,625

2005
786,545

2004
771,608

2003
755,187

2002
697,082

2001
723,627

2000
734,498

1999
704,812

1998
682,885

1997
695,200

1996
641,642

1995
588,963

1994
499,122

1993
380,689

1992
342,314

1991
287,850

1990
326,850