More than three years of using the Mexican military against drug cartels has brought no improvement in public safety, the chairman of the independent National Human Rights Commission
Normalizing the Police State by Allison Kilkenny
Here we have the completion of the perfect police state. Citizens are monitored from cradle to grave. Any signs of anger or rebellion are swiftly squelched with medication or â€œpeace officers.â€ The schools step in when the state cannot act to monitor and regulate every movement of studentsâ€™ lives under the banner of â€œZero Tolerance.â€ […]
Sinclair Lewis said, â€œWhen fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.â€
Marijuana Decriminalization Advances Jacob Sullum at Hit and Run has a rundown.
If you missed it earlier this week, be sure to read the USA Today front-page story: Slowly, states are lessening limits on marijuana
“Politicians are finally catching up with the American public,” Gardinier says.
Most of the changes have come on the West Coast and Northeast, but lawmakers in a few Southern and Central states also are proposing bills, in part because they see marijuana as a potential money-maker, says Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance.
A Generational Moment for Drug Policy Reformers by Stephen C. Webster
It all centers around a man named Henry Walter Wooten, a 54-year-old Texas resident who will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Thatâ€™s because a jury in Tyler sentenced him to 35 years in jail after he was caught in possession of just over a quarter pound of marijuana. […]
His sentence is so stunningly, terrifyingly unjust, if drug reform advocates do not fly into an uproar over this case, I may just give up all hope of seeing this drug war problem rectified in my lifetime.
Pentagon Shooter Pot Scandal Grows Cliff Kincaid is back to push this issue some more.
Facing a backlash over reports that Bedell was a psychotic pothead, the illegal-drug lobby is accusing anyone who brings up anything negative about “medical marijuana” of engaging in “reefer madness,” a term once given to chronic marijuana use of the kind that ultimately resulted in Bedell’s downward spiral and death in an exchange of gunfire at the Pentagon.
What’s sad is that the Christian Science Monitor went down to Kincaid’s level in this stunningly bad piece: Marijuana legalization? A White House rebuttal, finally
Money Can Grow on Trees — NORML gets its digital ad in Times Square.
Costa’s legacy: Human Rights and the UNODC — excellent piece at Transform on the two faces of UNODC’s Costa.
Instead of having a constructive dialogue with the NGOs representatives present, the Director prompted an audible gasp as he immediately lashed out, angrily accusing half of us of being ‘pro-drug’ (again) and not caring if we killed millions in poor countries. […] Costa is stepping down in May and hopefully a more positive relationship will be possible with his successor. […]
As he prepares to bow out he may well also look back at today’s publication by the UNODC of new a discussion document, ‘Drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice: a human rights perspective – Note by the Executive Director’ , as one legacy for which he can be justifiably proud. It contains a level of sophistication in its analysis that has long been absent from the high level drug policy UN discourse. It is an authoritative document and one of potentially huge importance in the longer term. UN drug control, and international drug policy more generally has been uniquely divorced from much of the mainstream human rights analysis that flows through the very core of the wider UN family. This new document goes some way to correcting this historical anomaly – at least on paper.
Ideas for Change in America Change.org will officially announce the top 10 ideas on Monday, but “Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana” was number 1 at the closing bell. Curious to see what kind of action comes of that.
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