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March 2008



Open Thread

“bullet” Via Hit and Run comes this extraordinary statement by the writers of “The Wire” in an interview in Time magazine:

If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged, we will ÷ to borrow Justice Harry Blackmun’s manifesto against the death penalty ÷ no longer tinker with the machinery of the drug war. No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens.

Also, Radley interviews Ed Burns

WeČve been fighting the drug war for 30 years. Thirty years of failure. But thereČs some reason that we persist in this. What is it? We never explore why that is. But you just canČt spend this much money and get these few results and continue on like this. Someone has to start wondering what the fuck is going on.

“bullet” Police officer so in love with the drug war that he alerts parents of a non-existent drug.
“bullet” You Fit The Profile
“bullet” Get Your Cocaine from Superdrug
“bullet” Drug WarRant Video Page — I’ve put a few useful youtube videos on one page for reference purposes. Let me know if there are others I should have there.
“bullet” Drug WarRant on Facebook
“bullet” DrugSense Weekly
“bullet” “drcnet”

Coca, Bolivia, and Law 1008

There’s a fascinating 5-part series of videos on Bolivia and coca at Definitely worth watching — I learned quite a bit about the coca leaf. I was particularly interested in Law 1008 — a law written by an American in English controlling what Bolivians could do with their coca leaves. A law, like every […]

Ban the little baggie


Tiny plastic bags used to sell small quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs would be banned in Chicago, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday by a City Council committee. Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of “self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width,”