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Weapons of Mass Destruction

There was a huge hubbub around a raid in Michigan this week of members of a “multi-state Christian militia.”

Disclaimer. I have no idea as to the guilt or innocence of the people involved, (nor am I looking for a discussion about that), nor do I have direct knowledge at this point as to the […]

Quotable

A good short piece by Alex Massie in The Spectator (UK)

Current laws amount to a kind of rent-seeking that protects organised crime and discriminates against both the consumer and the small producer.

This is obviously offensive for any number of philosophical, moral and economic reasons. If Drug Warriors were really motivated by health concerns […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture

A good short video on forfeiture from the Institute for Justice.

More here: Policing for Profit

[Via The Agitator]

Policing the War on Drugs

Quotable:

“We need to consider what drug prohibition has done to the vital profession of law enforcement. It has divided police officers from the communities we serve, alienated us from young people, sent our call-loads through the roof, placed huge financial strains on police budgets and, sometimes, my colleagues have been injured or murdered while […]

Cocaine and heroin no different than fatty food.

More words of wisdom from the rat-speakers.

Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction

A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the […]

California legalization by the numbers

With the marijuana legalization vote coming up in November, I’m hearing some people say that it’s practically a sure thing — after all, the logic is there, and everybody in California smokes pot already.

Well, I thought I’d take a little more realistic look at what reformers are facing.

Caveat: I’m no expert in voting […]

Steve Chapman - Column of the Month

This really is about perfect:

An unconventional cure for Mexico’s drug violence: Legalization of marijuana is the cartels’ worst nightmare by Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune

Criminal organizations would no longer be able to demand huge premiums to compensate for the major risks that go with forbidden commerce. If the referendum passes, some 39 […]

Former Drug Czar McCaffrey wants to save you from stoned eye surgeons

So what if thousands die in Mexico. It’s a small price to pay to make you feel reassured when you go in for eye surgery.

Good video piece on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC (it’s MSNBC, so the video is a pain to load, but if you can, it’s probably worth it).

Dylan’s guests […]

Don't leave a loaded bong in the house

The guest host for Shepard Smith’s Studio B on Fox had Fox News Judicial Analyst former Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is a libertarian in favor of legalization, on the show to talk about the proposed law in California.

Napolitano was great. But does anybody know who the schmuck host was? [The schmuck guest host was […]

If we legalize drugs, who will care for the corrupt?

This is a huge story that’s been developing for awhile, but I just haven’t had a chance to address it. But this is really blowing up:

DA on verge of mass drug-case dismissals

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco prosecutors told judges Friday that they could not “ethically go forward” with 46 narcotics trials because […]