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December 2006



Be outraged.

Dahlia Lithwick at Slate has The Bill of Wrongs — The 10 most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006. While it’s a good read and certainly contains some outrageous violations, it’s a bit disconcerting to see such a list with the drug war completely omitted. It’s not that Dahlia or Slate are in favor of […]

More problems for the U.S. drug war in Latin America

Senator son of slain Colombian cartel fighter proposes drug legalization

BOGOTA, Colombia: A Colombian senator and son of a presidential candidate assassinated by deceased drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has called for a congressional debate on the taboo subject of drug legalization. “The current repressive approach against drug trafficking hasn’t worked despite the huge amounts of […]

New Year’s Resolution

From Resolutions for Sacramento in 2007:

New Year’s resolution: California’s law enforcement should stop letting the “drug war” skew the criminals it targets, and redirect resources to capturing violent felons. Tax-funded police resources should be used in protecting law-abiding citizens from violent felons, not busting someone for personal possession of marijuana. Nor should medically approved […]

Open Thread

What’s going on in your world? How are your holidays? Have you talked to your friends and family about the drug war?

Enlighten Me

Still on the road and I haven’t had time to read it all yet, but this seems interesting. This LA Times article gives Mark Kleiman an orgasm, but fails to impress Alex. Read them and tell me what you think. And of course, there is yet another question: why are we wasting resources on criminal […]

Happy Holidays

I’m going out of town to visit relatives over the next week or so, and I’ll be blogging sporadically as I have time and an internet connection. One of the things I’m looking forward to is filling in my mom on what I’ve been doing in the drug war (along with playing the piano and […]

Drug War Roundup

thehim has a special Drug War Roundup — Remembering Mr. X at Daily Kos. A must read.

Some weekend reading and open thread

Monitoring the monitoring

For some reason, I just can’t get too excited about the release of the new Monitoring the Future data. “bullet” The Drug Czar is all agog at the “dramatic declines in teen drug use” except, of course, for the increase in teens using other drugs. “bullet” DARE Generation Diary has an amusing chart showing a […]

Applauding a prosecuting attorney

It doesn’t happen that often here, unfortunately, but I’m actually noting that a prosecuting attorney is doing the right thing.

A cancellation of a proposed demonstation and locker search using drug dogs at Luther L. Wright High School has school officials fuming. Citing a “no-tolerance” drug policy, Ironwood Schools administrators and board members want the […]