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August 2010




Jonathan Hari has a powerful OpEd in The Independent, the latest of the publications to do a series on the drug war and legalization.

Violence breeds violence. The only thing drug gangs fear is legalisation

To many people, the “war on drugs” sounds like a metaphor, like the “war on poverty”. It is not. It […]

Corpses pile up while czars fiddle

Mexico: bleeding to death in the war on drugs

Another 72 corpses found in a new mass grave. Feuding cartels blamed for displays of mutilated bodies. Death toll in four-year crackdown passes 28,000 […] a total of 72 contorted bodies had been laid out in rows beneath the summer sunshine. The 54 men and 18 […]

Why California should just say no to a bunch of Czars

The LA times has an OpEd: Why California should just say no to Prop. 19 by Gil Kerlikowske, John Walters, Barry McCaffrey, Lee Brown, Bob Martinez and William Bennett.

I’d be happy to take it apart, but Jacob Sullum already has: Six Drug Czars, and Between Them They Can’t Muster a Decent Argument for Marijuana […]

Josh Marshall insults the voters

In a short piece about a Republican primary, Progressive political activist left-of-center blogger/journalist/commentator Josh Marshall decides to be cute for no reason, and out of the blue…

Later Update: McCollum’s campaign is saying there’s no clear winner and we’ll have to wait for the morning — which may be a coded way of saying he’s […]

A Police Officer’s Job

The results of the inquest into the fatal shooting of Trevon Cole in Las Vegas were unsurprising.

A Clark County coroner’s inquest jury took 90 minutes Saturday to rule the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man justified, capping two days of pointed questioning and contradictory evidence in one of the more controversial officer-involved shootings […]

Site News

You may notice a couple of minor changes today.

1. Drug WarRant is now published by the Prohibition Isn’t Free Foundation — a new umbrella organization that will help us do a better job with advocacy. I’m the Executive Director, and I’ve got a pretty impressive advisory council (more may be added). This won’t change […]

When politics and truth collide

An important piece by John Geddes in MacLeans: RCMP and the truth about safe injection sites

It would have been quite a news conference, and it very nearly happened. Last fall, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after months of intense, private talks, agreed to face the […]

Wall Street Journal drops the ball

The WSJ is known for having some really outstanding reporting and OpEds on drug policy. And there’s plenty more good stories they could report.

Which is why this article: Sobering Report on Street Drugs by Kyle Stock is so pathetic. Were the editors asleep?

The credit crisis has sobered up Wall Street in more ways […]

Dangerous Ideas

Over at BigThink, they’re having a month of thinking dangerously. Idea #10 is Legalize All Drugs, and they have the fabulous economics professor Jeffrey Miron as guest.

“In a free society we should allow people to consume whatever they want, no matter how dangerous, no matter how much it might be bad for them […]

What did he say, Billy-Bob?

Speak Ebonics? The DEA Wants You

Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.

Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Michael Sanders said the agency recently sent memos asking companies that provide it translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who […]