Open Thread

“bullet” OpEd

The “wrong message” to send to any teenager, to any child, is hypocrisy. It turns them cynical and makes them disrespect the law, when trusted adults evade reality for the sake of political concerns.

“bullet” The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in England, is recommending that marijuana remain at Class C and not be returned to the more punitive Class B. The Prime Minister, however, seems determined not to be swayed by pesky things like facts, science, or experts.
“bullet” Colombia’s chief drug war cheerleader — President Alvaro Uribe — has made his feelings known about the Presidential race here:

‹I deplore that Senator Obama, aspiring to be president of the US, ignores Colombia‰s efforts.Š

“bullet” Jacob Sullum: The School Crotch Inspector
“bullet” The Other Civil War by Keith Preston

… another civil war has been going on in this country for roughly the last forty years. I’m talking, of course, about the War on Drugs. For some, the “drug war” is seen as a metaphor or a symbolic war as opposed to a “real” war. I disagree. The War on Drugs involves people with guns, it involves killing and it involves taking prisoners. […] It is of the utmost importance to recognize that the drug war is indeed a civil war. Many other nations have at times fallen into civil war over matters of race or ethnicity, religion, social class, territorial claims or political ideology. I submit that the drug war is a civil war over the matter of culture.

“bullet” At Vice Squad: Man Acquitted of Possessing Crack Cocaine Gets 15 years
“bullet” Apparently some people use marijuana because they enjoy it.
“bullet” “drcnet”

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