Candid police voices must be heard in drug debate, by Evan Wood.
Truth is often said to be the first casualty of war, and in many ways this is true of the war on drugs. There remain critical public health areas where the gap between scientific evidence and public policy persists.
But this disparity is most evident in the response to illicit drugs — in Victoria, in Canada and around the world.
For this reason, it is unfortunate that Victoria police Const. David Bratzer was recently ordered not to share his views at a city-sponsored forum on drug policy. As a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Bratzer is well-positioned to describe how the war on drugs has resulted in a number of severe, unintended consequences.
Cannabis and the Christian Science Monitor by Norm Stamper
While the Christian Science Monitor claims not to be an instrument of evangelizing, it does include a daily religious feature and it rejects drug advertising as well as images of smoking or drinking. It should come as no surprise then that in a March 12 editorial the Monitor showered praise on the nation’s drug czar for stepping up efforts in the administration’s holy war against cannabis legalization efforts. The paper’s editorial is heavy on moralizing, light on science.
Got your thinking caps on? — Danny Chapin, who did some guest posting here asking about marijuana addiction, now has a guest post at Morning Donut.
Check it out.
As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim.
Another open thread.