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WSJ: War on Drugs is Doomed

The always excellent Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes in Monday’s Wall Street Journal: The War on Drugs Is Doomed.
Strong demand and the high profits that are the result of prohibition make illegal trafficking unstoppable.

The source of the problem is not Mexican supply. It is American demand coupled with prohibition.

It is doubtful that this will be acknowledged at tomorrow’s meeting. The drug-warrior industry, which includes both the private-sector and a massive government bureaucracy devoted to “enforcement,” has an enormous economic incentive to keep the war raging. In Washington politics both groups have substantial influence. So it is likely that we are going to get further plans to turn Juárez into a police state with the promise that more guns, tanks, helicopters and informants can stop Mexican gangsters from shoving drugs up American noses.

Ouch. I swear, every time Mary writes another drug war column, she takes it a step farther. This time she practically says the “L” word.

More Monday morning reading…

bullet image From The Crime Report

bullet image Former Camden officer admits planting evidence, stealing cash and drugs

Wow.

Parry — who joined the force in 2006 and resigned in November — admitted that he charged people with planted evidence, threatened certain individuals with arrest using planted evidence if they did not cooperate with law enforcement, conducted illegal searches without a search warrant or without consent, stole drugs and money during illegal searches and arrests, paid for cooperation and information with illegal drugs and prepared false police reports.

Parry admitted that, on between 30 and 50 occasions, he or other members of the conspiracy added drugs to the amount of drugs seized during an arrest in order to make the arrest appear more significant, and on as many as 20 occasions, paid cooperators and informants, who were often prostitutes, with drugs in exchange for information. Parry further admitted that he and the other officers falsified police reports, and that he testified falsely under oath, all in an endeavor to conceal their actions.

Parry detailed for Judge Kugler during his plea that on one occasion in September 2008, he and three other officers conducted various searches at an apartment complex in Camden with no search warrant nor consent from the residents. On another occasion in January 2009, Parry admitted that a person only identified by the initials R.M. was charged after searching a house which he was in without a warrant or consent. The police report, Parry admitted, falsely stated that R.M. fled the scene and discarded drugs during R.M.’s escape from police when, in fact, neither the flight, nor the discarding of drugs, occurred.

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7 comments to WSJ: War on Drugs is Doomed

  • Dante

    ” Former Camden officer admits planting evidence, stealing cash and drugs”

    Quick show of hands – who is surprised by this?

    Anyone?

    Beuhler?

  • The Wall Street Journal, led by O’Grady’s consistent voice of reason, has done more to expose the folly of drug prohibition than any other newspaper – including all those leaning left.

    I continue to believe using medical marijuana as the primary strategy to move the drug debate forward is fundamentally flawed. The drug war was started by Nixon as a way to return law and order to American streets, and the same notion should be used to end it.

  • DdC

    Nixon as a way to return law and order to American streets, and the same notion should be used to end it.

    That is what the papers say was his reason. They also said he wanted to end the Nam Scam in his 68 bid. With George Boosh and the CIA right behind him… The worse thing that could happen to these Fascists is if we all stopped buying their Ganja and grew our own. Like we mostly try to do in central Cali. Nixon also said he wasn’t a crook if memory serves. The WSJ is now published by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, owned by Rupert Murdock. I think Buckley’s old National Review, before it became politically correct was the only GOPerverts against the drug war. Not that “liberals” have anything. High Times and Cannabis Culture have the only truth in Ganjawar stories. I say they were Apolitical.

    The WSJ is the homeboy rag of Fascists. Now controlled by Rupert I see no future except more fluff and 97 ways to blame stoners and liberals without dealing with reality. This is one of the few times war profits come into an article. But has O’Grady ever mentioned the coincidence of the Ganjawar removing fossil fools competition? No, just the standard drab blame game. Yes copshops and politicians score big time on the Ganjawar. But can these “professional” journalists ever write anything outside of the obvious?

    Nixon’s lumping Medicinal and Hemp into the mix after the 1937 Marihuana Tax Ax was overturned kept crude oil, trees, cotton, booze, pesticides, plastic and wars protecting the pillages free to profit, without competition. Just a coincidence? Nixon did what the international banksters and corporate status weird said to do. Nothing about law and odor. Law and order work for big biz the same as the Washington politikons.

    [url=http://tinyurl.com/ntg5wy]Al Capone[/url] and [url=http://www.hempfarm.org/Papers/Shadow_of_the_Swastika.html]Watergate[/url] were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or [url=http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1092]Ganja//Hemp[/url].

  • claygooding

    The m/m dispensaries are a bad example of what legalization will do to help stop the cartels. By pricing their goods even higher than street price,they are just drawing criminal activity into the medical marijuana business instead of reducing their involvement.
    And with the profits being made on m/m,who could blame anyone from trying to get in on the action? I wish I was making so much money I didn’t know what to do with it.
    Never had that problem before.

  • DdC

    dispensaries are a bad example of what legalization will do to help stop the cartels.

    Clay will you please enter reality?

    The price goes with prohibition. As long as the Feds outlaw Ganja on bogus lies then prohibition prices will stay. State propositions may be Constitutionally the law of the land but the Feds aren’t agreeing. As long as they keep busting Apothecaries the price will remain. As well as the convenience and quality assurance that isn’t found on the streets. The best thing is homegrown or find and keep a grower you trust. Until the CSA is overturned, its a war zone and we take cover where we can get it. I’ve still never used our clubs. But to say the prices aren’t stopping the cartels is false. They aren’t supposed too. The Cartels are a product of the Ganjawar. Defending their own property as any business owner would. No more barbaric than the DEA wrestling Polio victims to the floor. Stop the gossip. Gawd, is there no common sense left in the world?

    2nd posting? Nixon as a way to return law and order to American streets, and the same notion should be used to end it.

    That is what the papers say was his reason. They also said he wanted to end the Nam Scam in his 68 bid. With George Boosh and the CIA right behind him… The worse thing that could happen to these Fascists is if we all stopped buying their Ganja and grew our own. Like we mostly try to do in central Cali. Nixon also said he wasn’t a crook if memory serves. The WSJ is now published by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, owned by Rupert Murdock. I think Buckley’s old National Review, before it became politically correct was the only GOPerverts against the drug war. Not that “liberals” have anything. High Times and Cannabis Culture have the only truth in Ganjawar stories. I say they were Apolitical.

    The WSJ is the homeboy rag of Fascists. Now controlled by Rupert I see no future except more fluff and 97 ways to blame stoners and liberals without dealing with reality. This is one of the few times war profits come into an article. But has O’Grady ever mentioned the coincidence of the Ganjawar removing fossil fools competition? No, just the standard drab blame game. Yes copshops and politicians score big time on the Ganjawar. But can these “professional” journalists ever write anything outside of the obvious?

    Nixon’s lumping Medicinal and Hemp into the mix after the 1937 Marihuana Tax Ax was overturned kept crude oil, trees, cotton, booze, pesticides, plastic and wars protecting the pillages free to profit, without competition. Just a coincidence? Nixon did what the international banksters and corporate status weird said to do. Nothing about law and odor. Law and order work for big biz the same as the Washington politikons.

    [url=http://tinyurl.com/ntg5wy]Al Capone[/url] and [url=http://tinyurl.com/WhyHempsIllegal]Watergate[/url] were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or [url=http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1092]Ganja//Hemp[/url].

  • Chris

    Unrelated, but I just watched “how weed won the west” the other night. It’s like looking into the future.. or the present I guess, if you live in California already. Defacto legalization, commercials for mmj dispensaries on TV, brand name bud, huge smokeout concerts.. I want to move there already.

  • Cliff

    “or the present I guess, if you live in California already. Defacto legalization, commercials for mmj dispensaries on TV, brand name bud, huge smokeout concerts.. I want to move there already.”

    You better be filthy rich or dirt poor, because the middle class and businesses are fleeing California because of high taxes.