Radley’s new crime column is another must-read. He nails New York’s finest for their arrest quotas that end up with massive infringements on civil liberties, tons of marijuana busts, and actually downplaying of real crime.
An editorial that just doesn’t get it. From the Delaware Online: Drug war can’t succeed without refocusing
Most taxpayers may not want to hear it, but waste should not automatically trigger the end of government funding a program of good intention.
This is a tough argument to make, considering the recent news that America has spent a $1 trillion fighting a losing war on drugs for the last 40 years.
Yet there are intangibles not measured by this mis-focused effort to alter the tremendous damaging effects of illegal drugs.
Uncounted are lives saved through drug enforcement raids and police surveillance operations, despite the rampant street drug violence. And the rehabilitation of hundred of thousands of users can’t be ignored.
What an absolute failure to understand the dynamics of prohibition. There are, on balance, no lives saved through drug enforcement raids. It is the enforcement that causes more violence. And the rehabilitation of “abusers” is not a function of the drug war (it’s certainly the worst way to go about it). In fact, the drug war exacerbates the degree to which we see problem usage, because the drugs are not regulated.
It’s too early to wave the white flag. Instead, we need the courage to rethink the approach.
Ending prohibition is not waving the white flag. I really hate that mentality.
What is it about California? Check out Hughes4Governor
This guy is batshit crazy, with glimpses of sanity. He practically foams at the mouth about the evils of drugs (including marijuana), spouting the tired old incorrect statistics, yet actually understands economics well enough to come up with a plan that appears to be based on the economically sound heroin maintenance model. But he does it in a way that makes it seem dirty:
Take the profit out of drugs. By the elimination of current drug supply system high dollar profit. As Governor, I will enforce a program that gives addicts three choices:
- To buy drugs from the state for Â½ price of the street price.
- Buy drugs from the street at full price.
- Accept rehabilitation.
All those who have been arrested for illicit drug use will be notified of the government purchase program. The current arrest system will be changed so that confiscated drugs are placed in the Stateâ€™s selling program. I will have as many drugs confiscated as possible and create a price war for only repeat offenders with criminal record rap sheet. Illicit drugs will only be sold under the Stateâ€™s program to those that buy the drugs every day and are the dregs of society.
I guess you have to walk in and say, “Hi, I’m a dreg of society. Can I buy some 1/2 price government crack?”
Oh, by the way, he also has a plan to turn Santa Rosa Island into a penal colony for pedophiles.
Regardless of how the fungus hit the poppies in Afghanistan, you know what the local view is… Killer fungus is no mystery to Afghan poppy growers.
This is an open thread.