How to Combat Mexican Drug Cartels Legalize Their Activities April 6, 2009Ivan Eland While the U.S. superpower has meddled in many far-flung nations around the globe in the name of enhancing its security, as prior to 9/11, it has ignored a threat much closer to home. In recent years, the Bush administration blithely blamed Mexico for the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Time to Decriminalize It? March 11, 2009Alvaro Vargas Llosa WASHINGTON—A decade ago, the U.N. General Assembly set an objective of “eliminating or significantly reducing” narcotics cultivation and trafficking “by the year 2008.” According to the data of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the effort has been an unmitigated disaster. Opium and cannabis production […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Crime and Drug Policy September 5, 2008Art Carden The United States imprisons almost one in one hundred American adults—a higher number and percentage of its population than any other country, according to a February 29, 2008 Washington Post article. This has been especially devastating for minorities—as the Post points out, “(o)ne in nine black men ages 20 to 34 is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The “Respectable” People Continue to Make War on the Rest of Us July 11, 2008Robert Higgs Scarcely any critical commentator on the “war on drugs” has failed to remark on the striking inconsistencies that permeate the current prohibitionist stance. Contemporary crusaders for social purity ardently seek to outlaw X (e.g., marijuana), yet they cheerfully abide […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
June 14, 2005 Representative Moran June 14, 2005 The Honorable James P. Moran U.S House of Representatives 2239 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-4608 Dear Representative Moran: Subject: Vote YES on Hinchey-Rohrabacher Medical Marijuana Amendment On June 6, 2005, the US Supreme Court made a ruling upholding the power of the federal government to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
David Borden on Mass Cocaine Arrests in Jackson, Mississippi: Today's issue of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, reported on mass arrests of accused participants in a cocaine ring. Get this — it took 60 people from 10 different agences a whopping seven years to pull it off. If they took the relatively modest $160,000 worth […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
David Borden, Executive Director of Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), is now blogging at DRCNet's new blog: Prohibition and the MediaContinue Reading... No Comments.
Doug Newman, writing for The Price of Liberty, on Christian Compassion That Kills: Many Christians view Bill Clinton as the president from the bowels of hell. While they talk endlessly – and in oh so morally superior tones — about Bubba’s dalliances with an inteern, they are curiously silent about the Drug War-related atrocities that […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa of The Independent Institute on Colombia — From Invincibility To Panic: The United States would do well to take heed of recent developments in Colombia that call into question its Andean strategy. A hugely popular President, Alvaro Uribe, Washington’s key ally in the war on drugs, has suffered massive defeat in a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Radley Balko writing for Tech Central Station on We're From the Government and We're Here to Help: Dan Peruchi, father of four, enjoyed fixing up old cars and reselling them. Because the dealers he worked with dealt mainly in cash, he usually had lots on hand. Peruchi was driving home to Ft. Worth, Texas when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.