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June 2008



War on Drugs as a destroyer of the family unit

I’ve long talked about how the war on drugs damages the inner cities and low income areas. The lure of black market profits is greater, the transactions tend to be more public, and there’s a stronger direct push for arrest and incarceration. One of the casualties of this is the family left behind when dad […]

Consenting to Search

NYPD wants suspects to sign search consent form

The New York City Police Department wants suspects to sign a consent form before searching their homes or cars, a move that eliminates the need for a warrant and is meant to provide police a layer of legal protection, Newsday has learned. The initiative was put in […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Shorter U.N. Drug Chief (Costa):

We’re actually losing ground rapidly in the drug war, but it’s not our fault. Turns out that nasty people discovered that you can make a whole lot of money off of illegal drugs. Who knew?

“bullet” “drcnet”

I know I’d feel more relaxed


Marijuana proponents want to know why federal officials continue to allow people to use alcohol on airplanes, but won’t allow pot smoking in the lounges at Denver International Airport. “Does it make sense to allow adults to use a drug that causes problems on airplanes and not allow them to use one that does […]

They’re always going to find a way


A sharp increase in drugs and cellphones found inside a Brazilian prison mystified officials — until guards spotted some distressed pigeons struggling to stay airborne. Inmates at the prison in Marilia, Sao Paulo state had been training carrier pigeons to smuggle in goods using cell phone sized pouches on their backs, a low-tech but […]

A brief dialog about tactics of the drug war

Earlier this week I briefly noted a piece about the death of Vincent Hodgkiss by paramilitary raid. I had found out about it in a well-written article in the Sun-Sentinel by Michael Mayo — Overzealous drug war claims another casualty — and I noted that finally the right questions were being asked in the media. […]

Apparently I’m guilty of creating paper thin arguments

This pot potency nonsense just won’t go away. Now it’s the Boston Globe. A lot of it is the same re-hashed stuff that’s been in other sources, but I couldn’t help notice the classic “balanced” academic who is quoted at length right up front.

Academics say both sides are guilty of selectively presenting data to […]

Morons and Racists love prisons

Recently I mentioned how James Q. (broken windows) Wilson stunk up the place over at Volokh with some ridiculously moronic and unsupported statements in support of our incarceration rates, including this one

THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF PRISON: Several readers have said that prison would be fine if it did not cost so much. They […]

Monday morning

Open Thread

“bullet” U.N.’s Antonio Maria Costa is shocked, shocked, I tell you, to discover that coca cultivation in Colombia has increased. Amazing considering that it’s not much of a surprise to us lunatics on drugs. That’s probably because he normally gets all his “facts” from our drug czar. “bullet” Paul Armentano gives a final word in […]