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April 2004



The Drug Testing Industry – fertile ground for corruption?

Check out this investigative report by Gwen Filosa in today’s Times Picayune.

For years before his retirement as Orleans Parish district attorney, Harry Connick beat the drum for a Massachusetts company [Psychemedics] that uses hair samples to test people for drug use. He spoke out publicly in favor of testing students’ hair and on […]

From the mouths of…

Even this youngster gets it:

I think drugs should be legal because of all the people that use drugs. The war on drugs takes a lot of money from the government that could be used for other purposes, such as education. Cops spend time trying to bust drug users instead of real crimes like rapes, murders and child abductions.

Since drugs are illegal, smugglers must smuggle the drugs into our country and that would cause violence. But if drugs were legal, there wouldn’t be a need to smuggle drugs in and have conflict about the drugs.

Government could tax the drugs if they were legal. If companies make drugs, it will make the drugs safer because of better and cleaner equipment and supplies. There would still be an age limit if drugs were legal.

– Tony Wang, eighth-grader, Pershing Middle School


TalkLeft has a post on handling drug dealers in Vietnam. Our lawmakers seem to think if they just pass some harsher laws, they’ll be able to deter drug dealers. And yet, in Vietnam, despite 18 executions already this year, it didn’t deter this 48-year-old woman from transporting 3/4 of a pound of heroin, even […]

More from so-called Representative Souder

LastOneSpeaks discusses more of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources hearings on medicinal marijuana (see my report on Kampia’s testimony) and gives the link to the detailed transcript of oral hearings.
You get a real sense of the intent of the hearings when you read the opening statement:

SOUDER: Subcommittee will now come to order. Good afternoon, and thank you all for coming. This hearing will address a highly controversial topic: the use of marijuana for so-called medical purposes. [emphasis added]