HASTINGS: No. No, it’s a joke…Trying to stop corruption in Afghanistan is like trying to stop the drug war here. I think we should really choose our battles wisely and not waste our resources.
An interview with Tom Feiling the author of a new book: Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over the World — a call for legalizing cocaine.
I don’t see how it could get worse. People who are unable to control their intake are getting their drugs on the street in adulterated forms from people who are armed, with no provision or any kind of service to help them address their problems or take their drugs safely, This is the worst possible way to treat substance abuse. In any other social policy field, these things are subject to assessment: We see if these policies are working. But in the “War on Drugs” there’s an overarching moral imperative, so any cost-benefit analysis that you would apply to any system regulating a potentially dangerous subject is out the window.
The Drug Czar is touting Montana’s commitment to stop drugged driving: Prevention of Drugged Driving in Montana. And the article starts…
Montana has historically had one of the worst records in regards to fatal crashes by drivers under the influence of alcohol. We also have the highest per capita levels of alcohol consumption and percentage of teen binge drinkers in the nation. Alcohol abuse and misuse is clearly a public health issue in Montana.
Ah, yes, therefore we need to pass tougher drugged driving laws!
Is Drug Policy A Human Rights Abuser? — this review by Joseph Allchin introduces a word to me I had not heard used much: “Narcophopia.”
In Latin America, washed along by the flow of blood, a feeling that the ‘war on drugs’ may have been lost has stirred, and has caused a reassessment of prohibition, a policy that a new report claims “is driven by moralism rather than empirical research”.
‘Narcophobia: drugs prohibition and the generation of human rights abuses’, authored by Dick Hobbs from the UK’s London School of Economics (LSE) and Brazilian journalist Fernanda Mena, further states that drug “prohibition enforcement has hindered the advancement of democracy and led to violence and increases in human rights abuses”.
The Environmental Cost Of Growing Pot by Lisa Morehouse for NPR.
This is a really irresponsible piece by Morehouse. No cogent analysis of the difference of environmental cost between legalized marijuana and marijuana under a black market system — just an offhand remark that it might be different, but nobody knows for sure. This, in an article that starts out about the vote coming up and yet details only one specific aspect of environmental costs.
This is an open thread.