So… the White House has an announcement.
Join the first-ever ONDCP #DrugPolicyReform Conference at the White House. Monday, 9 AM EST: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
ONDCP Drug Policy Reform Conference. The ultimate oxymoron.
How much you wanna bet there won’t be any actual drug policy reformers Continue →
FWIW… Mark Kleiman, pot’s go-to guy – In the Los Angeles Times
Drug Defendants Are Being ‘Forced’ To Plead Guilty, Report Claims
This is one of those really scary parts about the loss of justice due to the Continue →
I do enjoy the Onion. So many great satirical pieces, that sometimes catch people because they’re just close enough to being real.
This one caught my attention today: New Report Shows Many U.S. Businesses Actually Just Fronts For Moneymaking Operations
When reading Continue →
This weekend, Rafael LeMaitre tweeted about a new Presidential proclamation, saying:
POTUS: Impaired drivers involved in nearly 1/3 of all deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., taking almost 30 lives each day.
Here is the actual Presidential Proclamation naming December Continue →
In 2005, RAND published How Goes the “War on Drugs”? An Assessment of U.S. Drug Problems and Policy by Jonathan P. Caulkins, Peter H. Reuter, Martin Y. Iguchi, James Chiesa.
Presents a concise, accessible, objective view of where the United Continue →
This is a very positive sign…
Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs
Major international divisions over the global “war on drugs” have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation’s long-term strategy for Continue →
Here’s an interesting data point that may have some real significance. It’s possible that we’re reaching a point where even politicians are hesitating when it comes to new prohibitions.
Theresa May humiliated as MPs reject call to ban khat
Theresa May’s ban Continue →
Prohibition: a set of laws that harm everybody based on the false assumption that they’ll prevent a small minority from harming themselves.
And this, of course, identifies the hole in the policy approach of S.A.M. and Kevin Sabet that is big Continue →
Back when think-tanks in the U.S. were claiming that it wasn’t even worth talking about drug legalization because it wasn’t likely to happen, Transform in the UK was hard at work putting out the extraordinary After the War on Drugs: Continue →
There are a lot of industries related to prohibition that are full of corruption and that put self-interest above value to society.
One that is not discussed sufficiently is the treatment industry.
We all recognize that there are people who need help Continue →
Billionaire Peter Lewis, Advocate Of Marijuana Legalization, Dies At 80
“Our marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective and stupid,” Lewis told Forbes in a 2011 interview. “I am a progressive by birth, by nature, by philosophy—that’s the name of the insurance company Continue →
So good to see Nick Gillespie’s OpEd in Time: What’s So Bad About Casual Drug Use?
But in an age in which we are expected to use legal drugs (like beer) and prescription medications (Adderall) responsibly, it’s time to extend that Continue →
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) has been one of the good organizations out there making a difference. I’ve been to a couple of their conferences and know a number of their members, and I’ve been faculty advisor of a Continue →
So I decided to check out the new Fox television series dealing with android police officers: Almost Human. I’m a big science fiction fan, so I figured it might be fun.
The opening scene of the pilot was rather disturbing. It Continue →
Welcome to all those who attended my presentation tonight sponsored by the Illinois State University chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. It was a huge crowd and quite attentive and interested. Quite a few political science students attending.
I Continue →
There was a time when Peter Bensinger could spout his false drug-war propaganda points and the mmedia would print them — particularly in his home state of Illinois. After all, he used to be head of the DEA.
So it’s particularly Continue →
Tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm: Prohibition in 2013: Liberty and the War on Drugs.
I will be talking about a wide range of issues regarding the War on Drugs’ assault on Liberty, followed by a Q and A period.
The talk Continue →
I remember back in the 80′s when going to the East Village (St. Mark’s Place) was this incredible experience — the people, the shops, so… radical and edgy. And then… in 1988, the Gap moved in at the corner of Continue →
Brought to you by Cliff Kincaide, with guest stars Calvina L. Fay, and Dr. Paul R. Chabot, complete with anti-Soros messages and calls for tougher laws against cannabis.
Narco-Nation Comes to Colorado
Notice the lack of quotes from Kevin Sabet. These people Continue →
An interview with the new Dread Pirate Roberts:
You will hunt me — but first ask yourselves is it worth it? Taking me down will not affect Silk Road — back-ups have already been distributed and this entire infrastructure can be redeployed elsewhere in under Continue →
One of the desperate measures taken by prohibitionists was the attempt to get liberal environmentalists on their side by talking about the destruction of public lands and use of toxic chemicals in illegal marijuana grows, etc. This meme was pushed Continue →
Radley Balko has a disturbing piece about the recent horrific anal probe case in New Mexico: Anal Probes And The Drug War: A Look At The Ethical And Legal Issues
Oddly, according to constitutional scholars and medical ethicists I’ve consulted, Continue →
There’s an interesting, though completely fatally flawed OpEd in the Detroit News by former federal prosecutor Mark Osler:
Drug policy: Moral crusade or business problem?
At the root of this failure is a simple error: We have treated narcotics as an issue Continue →
I don’t usually post links to stories for which I am only able to read the teaser and the rest is behind a subscription paywall, but… I just couldn’t resist this opening, where Patrick Radden Keefe of the New Yorker Continue →
I have a couple of minor predictions:
1. Over the next couple of years in states/localities that have legalized or otherwise reduced penalties for marijuana, there will be a variety of studies (of mixed legitimacy in methodology) that will show an Continue →
That’s right! Forget basketball, or music, or chess. Join the fun club where the main activity is taking drug tests. Pass them and you get to stay in the club and earn discounts from local businesses.
McFarland hopes that with Continue →
Here at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, we are proud to work alongside veterans who lend their talent and energy to the important task of reducing drug use and its consequences across the country.
I have a feeling that Continue →