Scientists stand up to the government in the UK. Drug ban chaos after resignation of adviser
The war of attrition between the Government and its scientific advisers over how to curb illegal drug use claimed another casualty yesterday as an eighth member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) resigned over claims of ministerial interference.
Eric Carlin said he believed the Government’s decision to rush through a ban on the dance drug mephedrone had been politically motivated in order for the Government to look tough prior to the election.
Tons of entertainment… It’s the Stanislaus County Insider â€” an entire publication for the semi-literate prohibitionist.
It’s nice to have Sting come out on our side…
“The war on drugs has failed but it’s worse than that. It is actively harming our society. People who genuinely need help can’t get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases,â€ he said.
And yet, the majority of the Indo-Asian News Service articles worldwide with that article curiously had the headline:
Who were all the upset anti-drug activists? One DARE spokesperson who wouldn’t even use their name.
“Sting should stick to singing and not meddle in matters he doesn’t understand. We do not need pop stars coming out and making irresponsible statements like that,â€ said a spokesperson for DARE, which teaches schoolchildren about the dangers of drug use. [And yes, that’s an incorrect description of DARE]
Excellent OpEd by Charles Bowden at CNN: U.S.-Mexico ‘war on drugs’ a failure
The U.S. approach to the killings in Mexico never looks at an economic reason, just as the consequences of our free trade treaty (NAFTA) are never brought up.[…]
We also never question our four-decades-old War on Drugs, which has produced cheaper drugs of higher quality at lower prices in thousands of U.S. cities and towns. It has helped create one of the largest prison populations in the world. If our drug policy were a ship, it would be called the Titanic. […]
We need to have a public discussion of the obvious: Legalize drugs or keep caging Americans for taking drugs — unless of course they are booze, tobacco or happy pills from the doctor — and keep financing the murders of Mexicans.
Talk about a stretch. Social worker Clark Williams claims that legalizing marijuana will lead to an increase in hard drugs, which, then will lead to further unfair enforcement!
Legalization will likely lead to more use of marijuana and other illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin, especially among young people. This would bring a deepening of the societal problems associated with substance use and addiction: the unfair application and prosecution of drug laws, increased poverty and social inequality in communities of color, high unemployment, increased traffic crimes, homelessness and poor health.
… and meteorite strikes.
The Atlantic says The Push to Legalize Marijuana: It’s Real
Lee now has a a team of pros working for him as campaign consultants.
It includes Chris Lehane, the former Bill Clinton communications adviser and press secretary for Al Gore, both as VP and in the 2000 campaign; Dan Newman, whose firm SCN Strategies consults for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D) reelection campaign and is heading up communications for Level the Playing Field 2010, the independent-expenditure campaign against multimillionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman; and Doug Linney of The Next Generation, a firm that has worked for state and local candidate campaigns, as well as major issue-advocacy drives and marijuana decriminalization/law-enforcement-prioritization efforts in California.
In short, this will be a legitimate campaign operation. Tax Cannabis is already airing a radio ad in the state’s largest and most expensive media markets, L.A. and San Francisco, featuring a former law enforcement official.
“This isn’t some…whim of a couple of hippies,” said SCN’s Dan Newman, who is handling communications for Tax Cannabis. “It’s a serious, well crafted, well funded campaign that was put together very carefully and professionally run and hopes to win.”
It’s amazing. Whenever we show up with our military or military aid in a country, and they somehow become incredible producers of illegal drugs.
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