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June 2009



Drugs Won the War

That’s the title of Nicholas Kristof’s new column in the New York Times

This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon‰s start of the war on drugs, and it now appears that drugs have won. […]
Here in the United States, four decades of drug war have had three consequences:
First, we have vastly increased the proportion of our population in prisons. […]
Second, we have empowered criminals at home and terrorists abroad. […]
Third, we have squandered resources. […]

The movement to reform is unmistakable and unstoppable. It’s just a matter of when and how much dishonest interference the entrenched drug warriors can lay down.

[Thanks, Tom!]

Open Thread

“bullet” Must read: Ethan Nadelmann Hey Progressives: Why Don’t you Care About the ‘Drug War’ Like You Care About Other Issues? [Thanks, Jackl] “bullet” Charlie Lynch sentenced.

Charlie Lynch was sentenced to one year and one day in jail for operating a medical marijuana clinic that was legal under California state law. U.S. District […]

U.S. silenced World Health Organization report on cocaine

Transform has the story:

The largest ever study of cocaine use around the globe was carried out in the early 90’s by the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and funded by the UN Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), but under pressure from the US its publication was suppressed when it became clear the […]

Blog Recovery

I apologize for the lack of posts this past two weeks. In addition to my being extremely busy in New York last week, and in Aspen, Colorado this week, my computer suffered a nervous breakdown. I thought I was going to be able to solve it by re-installing the system software, but the problem was […]