The Best Drug War Roundup I’ve Ever Seen

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While I’m not fond of promoting DailyKos, one low-level entry (19 comments at this posting time) takes exception to the rule. thehim notes the following:

In other news…

In New York, Governor Pataki has granted clemency to 28 drug offenders, but that’s only scratching the surface of the problems that New York has with its drug laws.
Here’s a Washington Post editorial questioning why there’s so much more emphasis on enforcing marijuana laws.
Here’s a San Francisco Chronicle editorial wondering the same thing.
Former Drug Czar Bill Bennett is stepping away from the craps table and joining CNN.

Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana.
Maryland has a strong need for more substance-abuse centers.
Tennessee is posting pictures of known meth manufacturers on the internet.  I think the theory is that making it difficult for someone to get a job or a rental, while also letting the entire meth using community aware that you know how to make it, is the best way to get someone to stop.  
About 1 baby per week in Arkansas is placed in state care because the mother is suspected of drug use.  The most common drug?  Marijuana.  (via USMJP)

A man in Texas is sentenced to 35 years in prison for having less than 1/2 kg of cocaine.
Remember the kids in Colorado who were smoking pot laced with heroin?  They weren’t.
Pete at Drug WarRant finds a Utah lawmaker desperately in need of a clue.
In Oregon, it is now legal to smoke marijuana seeds.

A Wisconsin man has been charged with murdering his friend, who died of a drug overdose after he injected him.  In Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, 2 others are charged with homicide, although in their case, the victim was a minor.
Radley Balko at The Agitator finds another “wrong address” raid in Milwaukee that made the 68-year-old victim question the use of SWAT teams for arresting marijuana users.  
He also wonders what the hell happened to George Bush since he took a more libertarian position in 1999 on medical marijuana than the Clinton Administration.

GW Pharmaceuticals will soon be able to test marijuana-based Sativex on cancer patients in the U.S.  Jacob Sullum wonders if this will eventually have a negative effect on those who believe that recreational use of marijuana should be legal as well.
An international research team has made some new findings on how marijuana alleviates the symptoms of multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Here’s a good article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Dutch drug laws.

Justin Holmes at the DARE Generation Diary discusses a truly silly article on MDMA at The Conservative Voice.
We will soon be able to get ONDCP propaganda podcasts over the internet.  
Michele Kubby, the wife of former California Libertarian candidate for governor Steve Kubby, is challenging Canadian drug law.  If they lose, they could potentially be sent back to the U.S. on January 12.  The Hammer of Truth has more.

Peruvian rebel group Shining Path is believed to be behind an ambush of police officers.  The group has historically been funded by cocaine trafficking.

Iran has seen a 5% increase in drugs confiscated by the police from last year.
Newsweek had an article this week discussing the situation in Afghanistan.  The head counternarcotics official in Afghanistan, Gen. Mohammad Daud, is confident he can reduce poppy production by 40% in 2006.  In the Newsweek article, it mentions that General Daud is suspected of having ties to the poppy industry as well.

A Tanzanian man died on a flight from Johannesburg to Blantyre, Malawi after swalling 177 tubes of cocaine.
Despite the reclassification of cannabis, Britain still arrested over 13,000 people for possession in 2004.  Blair is considering reversing the reclassification, which apparently was never in effect in the first place.
The Sydney Morning Herald has an editorial questioning the wisdom of putting drug users in jail.
This week, I’ve been encouraging people to take the poll on the front of the Drug Free America Foundation site.  I was motivated by this letter from DFAF founder Calvina Fay.

Finally, from Texas, this is funny. (via Grits For Breakfast)

It is an awesome round-up and thehim deserves a lot of credit for a job well done.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

5 Comments
  1. The Prohibitionists have lost. They just don’t know it yet.

    With volunteer built wwweb sites like the Media Awareness Project ( http://www.mapinc.org/ ) and the the whole of the drug policy reform movement (see also DrugSense: http://www.drugsense.org/html/) the minions of ONDCP (DFAF, Fay, Sembler, Voth, etc) are outgunned exponentially.

    Their only advantage… they are on the inside, players of the game with the facade of respectability. But their lies (and as with the DFAF/Straight Inc.) and their shady exploits have endangered far more children than all illicit drugs combined.

    As long as wwwebblogs like The Hammer keep disseminating info and news stories, Prohibition will eventually implode.

  2. My name is Larry Beeson.I have been on marinol since 11-2004.lastmomth the local clinic changed hands.reading from a leter from the doctor who perscribed the marinol,some of my medical problems are “posttramatic stress disorder,depression,anxiety,historyo of asthma and c.o.p.d., history of prostatism, had surgery in july of 2001 for excision of a right testicular mass,gastroesophageal reflux desease,history of hepatitis C, chronic low back pain secondary to lumbar disk disease and osteoarthritis.he requires multiple medicationsand curently uses morphine(50 mg.each day),hydrocodone (40 mg.) and gabapentin (900 mg.)each day for pain.He also has a history of chronic bronchitis,has unfortunately been a lifelong smoker,he uses a nebulizer with atrovent and beclomethasone.He has a history of severe depression and has been on various antidepressants in the past including prozac,celexa,buspar and effexor.he also takes xanex for anxiety.he had a closed head injury in 1982 when he was in the service and an open head injury in 1979 as a result of an auto accedent.he also takes soma for mescle spasm and breakthrough painHe has a history of coronary artery disease which has not required bypass surgery.(yet)He has been found to have somewhat decreased ejection fraction of 47%.he is on 81 mg. aspirin daily and transderm nitroglycerin.He is not a candidate for Beta-blocker therapy because of his pulmonary disease.

    In november of 2004;he was having postprandial nausea,anorexia and weight loss.He was tried on Marinol which relieved his GI symptoms and improved his appetite.He has since regained his baseline weight.He has a history of hyperlipidemia but has been unable to tolerate statin medication.Low doses of zocor were tried despite the history of hepatitis C but he developed significant myalgias and this was discontinued.Mr. Beeson is disabled secondary to his multiple medical problems.He is seen in this clinic about once every two months for follow-up.”

    Now as I said at the start of this leter the clinic here(paducah,tx.)was sold and changed hands,therefore the doctor who I was seeing is no longer coming to our clinic.The doctor that comes here now said he will no longer be pepscribing me Marinol,”because it is an illeagal drug.” Since i started taking the marinol 11 months ago I have been able to take less xanex,get off of prozac,cut back on soma,take half as much morphine as I was taking.Dr.Lane (the new doctor)said that ” in his twenty-something years of practice he has never even seen a perscription of Marinol and that he is not ABOUT to write a persription for it,because the medical board would take his license away.” He said that I am better off with the morphine.I thinik that of all of the ways to use T.H.C. that i have heard of the most effective way to use it would be the Vaporizer,however since that is still against the law in the great state of Texas,then I feel like I should at least be able to have access to the only legal form of T.H.C. recognized in my state.(Marinol HAS been legal in Texas for over 13 years)It is only recently coming to be known to help people with hepatitis,pain and anxiety.
    why should i have to take all of these other dangerious and addictive drugs instead of marijuana or Marinol,just because of some people’s ignorance.Texas needs more doctors like Dr.Alley who care about their patients needs.I probubly shouldn’t have used his name as I think he would rather remain annonamous.However I just want it known that there are at least a few doctors who actualy do have a pair!!!! always,Larry D. Beeson
    p.o.box 562
    Paducah,Tx. 79248

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Stephen. Since around August, I’ve been posting up a weekly roundup of drug war news and commentary every week (Thurs or Fri) at Daily Kos. I had intended to post it at Red State as well, but I was banned from there by the next Monday (I criticized Michelle Malkin in a comment).

    Anyway, I just discovered this site this week, and I wish I’d found it sooner. This site will definitely be in my routine for gathering up news stories every week.

    Cheers!

  4. thehim,

    Normally I don’t cut and paste a whole entry, but thought this case was a worthwhile exception.

    BTW, there is no penalty for ripping on Malkin here — I did in a comment yesterday and we post stuff about her from time to time, too.

    I’ll be watching for your roundups.

    Cheers back atcha!

  5. i would like to thank you for posting my letter(coment #2)i have recieved at least 15 e-mails since it was posted last night,some feel that they were out of line for e-m’ing mebecause they don’t know me.for the record I am not ofended.Actulay i am glad to hear from anyone (pro or con)about my situation.thanks to your website & norml,texans for medical marijuana,asa and others i may have forgoten.I can only hope that more people in texas step up and speak up for med.marijuana in texas.The best advice i have had so far is “move to Ca.”(Glen & bev)I hope they don’t mind me mentioning their names.It sounds like a good idea but if i did move who would be here to keep trying to get texans the right to their much needed medicine.(which is much easier on the human than most of the meds.that some Dr.’s think i should take instead.Thanks again,always,Larry Beeson.
    lcbeeson@hotmail.com lcbeeson.blogspot.com