Drug War

Immigration, Civil Liberties, and the Drug War

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Arizona’s horrid law empowering cops to demand that people show their “papers” when suspected of being in the country without government permission holds an important lesson for both so-called progressives and conservatives. It’s a lesson about a seemingly separate issue: drugs. Concern about illegal immigrants along the Mexican border would undoubtedly diminish if the “war on drugs” ended. (It’s not ... [click for more]

America’s Injustice System

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Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey A. Silverglate (Encounter Books, 2009); 325 pages. It was probably inevitable that as the United States became an increasingly politicized nation, its justice system would be transformed from one that actually sought justice into one where prosecutors abuse their power to win cases and advance their careers. ... [click for more]

Sex, Drugs, and Consenting Adults

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The Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a 170-year-old law forbidding sexual acts between unmarried people. The ruling, which came on Monday, January 13, was the result of a case of a 16-year-old boy caught having sex with his girlfriend in her home. “Our opinion,” wrote Chief Justice Norman Fletcher, “simply affirms that ... the government may not reach into ... [click for more]

Medical Marijuana Does Not Equal Freedom

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The Obama Justice Department says it will no longer go after “individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” In other words, if a state legalizes the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana for medical purposes, Attorney General Eric Holder’s troops will keep hands off. Considering that marijuana ... [click for more]

Economics and the Drug War

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It is becoming ever more apparent that the war on drugs has been lost. Doomed to fail from the moment of its inception, the war the U.S. government has been waging has not been against drugs, but against people and the laws of economics. The results have been violence, corruption, and a militarized society. [click for more]

Ending the Drug War Would End the Violence

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The news media are rife with stories about Mexican drug cartels operating throughout the United States and drug-related violence threatening U.S. cities near the border. Americans are becoming reluctant to cross into Mexican towns for fear of getting caught in the crossfire. Do we need another reason to end the abominable war on “drugs” (a ... [click for more]

Drug-War Idiocy in Federal Court

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A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, Leonie M. Brinkema, recently sentenced four young people to terms in the penitentiary ranging from 46 months to 20 years. The four, whose ages ranged from 19 to 21, were convicted of drug-war crimes relating to the possession and distribution of heroin. Faced with what the Washington Post described ... [click for more]

Why Does America Have a Drug War?

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Given that most people agree that the drug war has failed to achieve its supposed purpose after decades of warfare, an important question arises: Why is the drug war still being waged, especially when we consider all the collateral damage that this federal program has produced? Hasn’t the time arrived for Americans to demand an immediate end to the ... [click for more]

Common Sense and the Drug Problem

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“Largest Pot Bust on Record” ... “State to Fund New Jail Construction” ... “City Police and County Sheriffs Lobby for More Federal Funds to Fight Drugs” ... “Federal Courthouse Overwhelmed with Drug Cases” The headlines are disturbing and are never-ending. The “war on drugs” has gone on since the Nixon administration in the 1970s and ... [click for more]

Ending America’s Domestic Quagmire

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A growing number of political pundits are questioning America’s military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some are beginning to draw parallels to lawmakers’ much longer domestic war effort: the so-called war on drugs. The comparison is apropos. For nearly 100 years, starting with the passage of America’s first federal anti-drug law in 1914, lawmakers have relied on the mantra ... [click for more]
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