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What did you do about slavery, Daddy?

More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850

Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, told an audience at the Pasadena Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, “More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before […]

Defending drug courts in the worst possible way

Via Drug Policy Alliance:

Washington, D.C. – At a briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) will enlist actor Martin Sheen and others to respond to two new critical reports: the Drug Policy Alliance’s Drug Courts are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use (www.drugpolicy.org/drugcourts) and […]

Flex Your Rights

You may have noticed that there’s a new ad up on the site (at right), for the excellent DVD: 10 Rules for Dealing With Police from Flex Your Rights.

It’s both fun and extremely useful, and it should be shared with all your friends.

If you don’t have a copy yet, here’s a great opportunity. […]

Are you better off dead than high?

That’s the subtitle of this excellent article in Psychology Today: Tylenol and the War on Drugs

The article starts off about the recent realization by the FDA that pharmaceutical policy was setting people up to die of liver disease if they overused Vicodin, because it is intentionally laced with acetaminophen.

It goes on to logically […]

Joined Together

Join Together has been a useful online publication for news and information of interest, particularly for those in the prevention and treatment arenas.

Join Together’s point of view is pretty far from that of Drug WarRant, yet I’ve often found their drug policy news coverage useful, and have often found robust discussions in their comments.

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Mexican government investigating gun cartel in the U.S.

Over the weekend, the Mexican attorney general stated: “The controlled trafficking of weapons is not authorized under the Mexican national legislation. An operation that would contemplate this would not have been acceptable to the Mexican government, and it will never be under any circumstance.” The Mexican Attorney General also stated that it’s conducting its own […]

Caballes v. Illinois continues to destroy the Fourth Amendment, logic, and reason

Regular readers of this site know my views on Caballes v. Illinois, the pathetically moronic decision authored by Justice Stevens in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now it doesn’t take much evidence for police to justify a search of a car. But it does take more than a hunch.

Caballes, however, says that even with only […]

Open Thread

American Thinker: End the War on Drugs Now – a conservative viewpoint

By any objective measure, the War On Drugs is a disastrous failure. It’s time to end this madness now. […]

What are the results of the War on Drugs?

A million innocent Americans are sitting in prisons right now solely because they’ve […]

Andrea Barthwell claims that marijuana is ‘untested’

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has been on a PR campaign, peddling an old “white paper” of theirs, claiming that they know better than doctors regarding the treatment of patients for things like cancer and neuropathy. In actuality, they’re opposing medical marijuana because they see legalization as a threat to their profits. They’ve got […]

Not everyone’s buying what the UNODC has to sell

With the Commission on Narcotic Drugs continuing this week in Vienna, delegates are in meetings wrangling over slight word changes in amendments without ever addressing the abject failure of the entire operation.

But others are. And the UNODC is having a tougher time getting an uncritical audience.

UN drugs chief sticks to punitive policy despite […]