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December 2006



This day in history

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security […]

The incendiary words of financial interest

Whenever you hear over-the-top rhetoric like this, you know that they’re really interested in protecting their drug war budget. Check out The Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Minister Mitchell noted that resources are essential to winning the drug war. “Retrenchment is not an option. If we retrench, then the forces of darkness take over,” the […]

Congress tells Drug Czar to shut up

Well, they didn’t really go that far, but they did put a good provision in the final ONDCP reauthorization bill (via Drug Policy Alliance)

(e) Prohibitions- None of the amounts made available [for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign] may be obligated or expended for…partisan political purposes, or express advocacy in support of or to […]

Canada — Drug Czar’s Puppet

Canada’s Tory government seems anxious to attach the strings and start dancing to John Walters’ tune. Internal documents show U.S. involvement in Canada’s national drug strategy

”The Harper government favours a U.S.-style approach to drug problems, which is to lock more people up and don’t treat it as a health problem, treat it as a […]

Top 10

Thanks to The Liberator for including Drug WarRant on his “If you were stranded on a desert island with a laptop and a wireless connection, and God limited you to 10 blogs, which ones would you read?” list.

Regarding the Marijuana Policy Project report on laws and teen use

I briefly mentioned the MPP report on Monday (Laws don’t curb teen marijuana use), and I wanted to point out a couple of less-than-stellar reviews that it got from drug policy reform fans.

Jacob Sullum has a thoughtful analysis at Reason The Drug Law Blog takes me to task for being inaccurate with my characterization […]

Legalizing pot more popular than the war in Iraq

I hadn’t really thought of it that way, but it’s true.

Open Thread

It’s a busy week for me, so I’m just going to send you to some other reading today. Here are a few highlights that I wanted to talk about and are definitely worth checking out: “bullet” Drug Law Blog has the first part of its Top 10 Drug Law Stories of 2006 and I’m thrilled […]


Dennis announced his candidacy for Presidency in 2008. That’s good news because it means there’s a chance that the drug war will be a topic for discussion. As a reminder to folks, here’s some information about Kucinich from 3 years ago.

DEA Guilty of Retaliation

Via Scott Morgan comes this in the Miami Herald

A federal jury in Miami found the Drug Enforcement Administration discriminated against Sandalio Gonzalez, the former second-in-command of the DEA’s South Florida field office, by retaliating against him with a transfer to another job in Texas in 2001.

This is significant for a number of reasons. […]