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Open Thread

I’m off to New York City. Taking 55 people for a week of shows and walking tours on an annual theatre trip. We’ll be seeing “War Horse,” “Book of Mormon,” “Jerusalem,” “Born Yesterday,” “House of Blue Leaves,” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Over the next 7-8 days, posting may be […]

Global call for ending the drug war

Former Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland, Prime Minister of Greece, Kofi Annan, George Shultz and Paul Volcker Call for Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy will host a live press conference and teleconference on Thursday, June 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City […]

When police officers see the light

A rather moving segment featuring Neil Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, at a panel discussion at Riverside Church in New York. He is visibly disturbed by what the drug war has done to the people, and by his part in it before understanding its destruction. A very heartfelt mea culpa.

National Drug Intelligence Center fails intelligence test

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center has released a major new report (that appears to have been prepared at significant expense) titled: The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society 2011

The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) prepares an annual National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) that provides federal policymakers and […]

Sovereignty

Ethan Nadelmann

Absolute deference to Law Enforcement

Tim Pawlenty

Open Thread

Guatemala says it is winning the drug war, following decapitation of prosecutor

The title of this article says it all. Another in the series of “people are dying so we’re successful” drug war justifications.

Three Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Congress

The trio of bills is a clear signal to the Obama administration […]

Play Ball!

Could not pass up sharing this release in its entirety with you…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2011

One Hitters Burned Again By Timid Czardinals

Office of National Drug Control Policy Backs Out of Softball Game with Drug Policy Reformers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once again, the softball team representing the Office of National Drug […]

International petition to end the war on drugs

Here’s a petition to sign at AVAAZ

To Ban Ki-moon and all Heads of State: We call on you to end the war on drugs and the prohibition regime, and move towards a system based on decriminalisation, regulation, public health and education. This 50 year old policy has failed, fuels violent organised crime, devastates lives […]

UK paper: Americans’ constitutional liberties have been trashed for the war on drugs

It’s kind of sad that if you want to really see how Americans have lost their liberty, you are more likely to read about it in another country’s newspaper.

A patriotic duty: repeal the Patriot Act by Jennifer Abel in the Guardian (UK)

The first thing you need to understand about the Patriot Act is […]