Top story: Driven By Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims Of Violent Crime by Radley Balko at Huffington Post
Arresting people for assaults, beatings and robberies doesn’t bring money back to police departments, but drug cases do […]
“When our cops are focused on executing large-scale, constitutionally questionable raids at the slightest hint that a small-time pot dealer is at work, real police work preventing and investigating crimes like robberies and rapes falls by the wayside,” Downing said.
NPR reports ADHD Sufferers Fear An Adderall Shortage and notes that the DEA actually controls the overall amount to be produced nationally, so that if there is diversion it ends up resulting in shortages.
Radley Balko comments: FDA: There’s a nationwide Adderall shortage that’s causing real harm to patients. DEA: Shut up.
Mark Draughn at Windypundit likens the DEA stupidity to attempting to reduce traffic accidents by restricting the number of cars that are manufactured.
Portugal and the drug war – a nice piece by Helen Redmond for Al Jazeera.
Before the Portuguese government was able to implement the National Drug Strategy in 2000, members of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) flew to Lisbon to dissuade them from decriminalising drugs. The INCB is an unaccountable cabal of drug war proponents who enforce prohibitionist drug policies around the world through the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. They argued Portugal would become a drug destination for tourists, drug use would explode among youth, and decriminalisation would “send the wrong message”.
The doomsday drug drama portrayed by the INCB never happened. Portugal didn’t become Europe’s “Club Meth”, nor did rates of drug use significantly increase. In fact, drug use among adolescents decreased. There has been a small spike in drug use among adults. And, so what?
Mexico activists seek ICC investigation of drugs war – they’re asking the International Criminal Court to investigate both one of the top drug lords and the President of Mexico.
Good to see the two being put in the same category. In general, it is both governments and the major traffickers who profit from the war and they are both likely to abuse their power.
Headline of the day: Prime Minister refuses to legalize marijuana or ban shark fins
Another innocent victim of the drug wars. Federal agents say 88-year-old Saratoga man’s invention is being used by meth labs
An 88-year-old guy makes “Polar Pure” water purifier for hikers and campers. Now his distributor has been warned against sending him iodine (the critical ingredient) because the DEA thinks people might use it to try to make meth. So now he’s out of business.
And the DEA’s response?
“Methamphetamine is an insidious drug that causes enormous collateral damage,” wrote Barbara Carreno, a DEA spokeswoman. “If Mr. Wallace is no longer in business he has perhaps become part of that collateral damage, for it was not a result of DEA regulations, but rather the selfish actions of criminal opportunists. Individuals that readily sacrifice human lives for money.”
Yeah, there’s a special place in hell for people like that.
Voice of Russia says: Obama picked the wrong moment for a crackdown on medical marijuana
In any event, the Obama administration has picked the wrong moment for the launch of its questionable campaign. While the country is hopelessly struggling with the economic and social depression it seems that there are a lot more urgent problems to address than persecuting producers of a medical substance.
Always expanding the definition of safety sensitive positions for the purpose of drug testing… The city of Corinth (don’t know where that is) recently expanded their mandatory drug testing positions to include:
Employees who are traveling on the exterior of city vehicles and are exposed to external traffic hazards.
That confused me. Firefighters are already included. Is this for the dalmatian who rides the fire truck? Then it hit me – they probably needed to come up with a way to justify drug testing garbage men. Because Lord knows we wouldn’t want the men who pick up our trash all day to be getting stoned when they get home.