The International Business Times is really a joke of an online publication, and has published some really bad pro-drug-warrior stuff in the past. Here’s another one, this by Amrutha Gayathri: Why DEA is Against Legalizing Smoked Marijuana
It’s mostly a list of DEA and ONDCP talking points, but then it actually goes to Irma Perez!
DEA reports a graphic story that occurred in California in the spring of 2004 which proves that legalization of marijuana is a much more complex issue than what the public perceives.
14-year-old Irma Perez was “in the throes of her first experience” with the drug Ecstasy. After taking one Ecstasy tablet, she became ill and told friends that she felt like she was ‘going to die’. Her teenage friends, instead of seeking medical care tried to get Perez to smoke marijuana. When that failed due to her seizures, the friends tried to force-feed marijuana leaves to her, “apparently because [they] knew that drug is sometimes used to treat cancer patients.” Irma Perez lost consciousness and died a few days later when she was taken off life support.
I can’t believe that they’re actually still using that story as an argument against medical marijuana.
Irma was so clearly a drug war victim and not a medical marijuana victim, as this article back in 2004 shows.
What perhaps would have saved Irma’s life is a good Good Samaritan law.
DPA’s Gabriel Sayegh at Syracuse.com talks about New York’s new 911 Good Samaritan law: Sunday’s commentary: New York’ 911 Good Samaritan law to limit overdose deaths a national model.
In my view, it doesn’t go far enough, but it’s a very good first step.
â€œNo one should go to jail for trying to save a life,â€ said Hiawatha Collins, a leader and board member of VOCAL-NY, one of the many groups that worked with the Drug Policy Alliance in advocating for the reforms. â€œThis law will help make sure that calling 911 is the first thing someone does if they witness an overdose â€” not worry about what the cops will do. New York is making clear that saving lives needs to be our priority, not locking people up.â€
Government agencies try to keep massive marijuana eradication effort secret.
A New Way to Fight Mexico’s Vicious Cartels: Legalizing Marijuana – Time Magazine.
New? I think not.
However, still a good article.
However, policy reformists point out that whatever the exact numbers, everyone agrees that Mexican gangsters are making billions of dollars selling marijuana to American smokers. “There is no doubt that marijuana legalization would hurt Mexican gangsters in their pocketbooks,” says Tom Angell, spokesman for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a U.S. group that opposes the war on drugs.[…]
Policy reformists like Angell, however, argue that a yes vote in a marijuana referendum would be a first step toward a historic change in drug policy. If marijuana were sold legally in shops north of the Rio Grande, Mexican authorities would be much less eager to spark more bonfires of captured weed. “Politicians across the U.S. and in Latin America would become emboldened to change their own marijuana laws,” Angell said. “It is a vote that will be heard across the world.”
Check this out. Thinking Drugs – a new site where people can go and rate the arguments on drug policy to see where they stand on the issues. Nicely done. Doesn’t attempt to tell you what to think, but makes you think about the positions you hold, which I think could help people who are unclear about their position (as opposed to most of us).
No surprise: The survey pegged me as a “Drug Policy Reformer” on the “legaliser” and “harm reducer” ends of the scales.
This is an open thread.