Drug War under fire
Student’s ordeal: How was Daniel Chong lost in DEA detention?. This absolutely appalling incident by the DEA is getting the national attention it should and hopefully the student will get a fat paycheck from the lawsuit. Importantly, the national attention (as demonstrated in this article) is also focusing on the notion that this isn’t just an isolated incident, but rather an inevitable incident given the mass production of drug war that we are experiencing.
“A typical characterization from authorities when things go wrong is that it was unacceptable what happened, but the rare exception,” said Borden. “In my opinion this misses the central point. In the past few decades we have escalated the drug war and the criminal justice system generally, to the point where we are running huge numbers of people through it, the system becoming incapable of reliably carrying out its basic responsibilities as a result.”
Kevin Sabet seems to be making a career out of providing quotes to media in support of the drug war, and is quoted in this article for no apparent reason.
President Obama has been having a rough couple of months of getting publicly attacked for his drug policies (his own fault, of course, but I doubt his campaign committee expected this fly in the ointment). First, the entire western hemisphere leadership revolts over the drug war and, despite VP Biden’s trip to placate with cash handouts, ends up making the Summit of the Americas about drug policy.
Then he discovers that he’s going to have to answer questions about marijuana as he tries to increase his public visibility for campaign purposes.
Now, just as he wants the party to come together behind him, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attacks federal crackdowns on medical marijuana
“Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states’ rights issue. Sixteen states, including our home state of California, and the District of Columbia have adopted medicinal marijuana laws – most by a vote of the people.
“I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California, and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana.
Good for Congresswoman Pelosi!
We don’t need no stinkin’ science! …
It always amuses me when Keith Humphreys or one of the other prohibition apologists makes some crack about legalizers not being interested in dealing with the facts or the science, when the truth is so clearly the opposite.
The absolutely largest repository of lies and distortions regarding drug policy and the related science is located in the federal government, centered in the ONDCP.
The Drug Czar’s False Statement About Marijuana and Hemp Should Be a Bigger Scandal – nice job by Scott Morgan explaining just how asininely ridiculous was the drug czar’s response to the petition about hemp.
Eric Steenstra follows up:
I have met with senior ONDCP officials, and they have made clear they understand that industrial hemp is a non-drug crop, not marijuana. The administration should know that one cannot use hemp for drug purposes any more than one can use a poppy seed bagel even though it contains trace opiates. The response proves beyond any doubt that ideological interests and predetermined prohibition of hemp trump science and reason in the Obama White House.
And the Blanks Slate brings us:
The story in the mainstream media may be that it’s down to Romney and Obama for President, but there are other things still going on that can’t be ignored.
Ron Paul Roundup: The World Gazes on His Delegate Strategy in Wild Wonder – fascinating piece by Brian Doherty on the delegate hunt and how the Ron Paul movement has taken advantage of the features of Republic to put Paul in position to make quite a splash in the Convention.
It’s Johnson vs Wrights in the LP debate – Gary Johnson and Lee Wrights debate tonight for the Libertarian Party nomination.
Why Legalizing Drugs is a Bad Idea – John Walters’ ignorant and anti-American rant is at Opposing Views and there’s a comments section…
Puppycide in Fulton, MO — just another in a long line of dead dogs resulting from a small marijuana bust.
Interesting video on how prime-time TV dramas depict the war on drugs. Apparently, they’re doing a fair job of representing the public’s ambivalence.