President Uribe says the drug war isn’t working because we haven’t gone after the consumer enough.
We believe that instead of advocating for the legalization of drugs, we must reflect on the need to make consumption illegal. There is no coherence between the severity facing production and trafficking and the permissiveness of consumption. This has lead to murderous micro-trafficking in cities, to encouraging consumption by adolescents and youth and to involving children in the criminal enterprise. We are advancing in the constitutional process to make consumption illegal
Yeah, that’ll work. Um, President Uribe? It’s prohibition that causes all those problems. [Via Eric Sterling]
Hey, look! Marijuana Policy Project is offering a $10,000 challenge. No way in hell you’ll be able to collect, though. You’d have to prove that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.
In a Sept. 20 story about drug trafficking in Puerto Rico, The Associated Press… reported erroneously that 1,430 metric tons of cocaine reached the island last year… only 5.5 metric tons of cocaine were documented moving into Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Only off by a factor of 260.
Coverage of the Drug Policy Conference in El Paso this past week:
- UTEP drug conference: New cartel methods widen drug war’s toll by Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times
- Forum panelists critical of status quo in Drug War by Elizabeth Ruiz, Newspaper Tree
- Reporting the Drug War by Sito Negron, Newspaper Tree (9/21)
- Juarez forum provides hope in ‘war on drugs’ by Angela Kocherga, KVUE
- Are drugs “intrinsically evil”? Panelists debate the cost and consequence of exporting the Drug Warby Elizabeth Ruiz, Newspaper Tree
- War on Drugs conference: Legalize marijuana, participants say by Ramon Bracamontes, El Paso Times
- JuÃ¡rez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz: U.S. drug policies need to change by Ramon Bracamontes, El Paso Times
- Debate over Legalizing Drugs by Maggie Lineback, Fox News
- An Open and Honest Debate About Drug Policy in El Paso by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Cato @ Liberty.
- Corruption, ‘cartel’ violence rampant in Mexico as drug policy debated in El Paso by Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast
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