The Drug War

 

 

Drug War Failures

 

Rand study finds less crime near pot dispensaries

 

Drug Courts Are Not The Answer

 

Mike Males and Dan Macallair debunk claims of rising crime by immigrants in Arizona. "Scapegoating Immigrants: Arizona’s Real Crisis Is Rooted in State Residents’ Soaring Drug Abuse."

http://www.cjcj.org/files/Scapegoating_Immigrants.pdf  See my commentary ("Brewer, Arpaio and CCA").

 

The Renee Boje Case - a brief history and final outcome

    Related story: Drug War Run Amok: The Rene Boje Case: http://www.alternet.org/story/21674/

 

Congress Needs to Act on Drug Sentences

 

Penalties for Crack - Washington Post editorial

 

New, Less Severe Federal Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Go Into Effect, But Will They Be Retroactive?

'Plan Mexico' Latest Front in Failed U.S. Drug war

Getting Real About the Economics of Cocaine
 

The Futility of Random Drug Testing

 

 

Economics of the Drug War

 

Is is a crime to carry too much cash? Is carrying too much cash evidence of drug trafficking? Click on this recent court decision: http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/06/08/053295P.pdf

 

Capitalism 101 on the streets of LA: Federal Inmate Accused of Directing LA Drug Sales  

 

The Conviction That Keeps On Hurting -- Drug Offenders and Federal Benefits

 

Rise in Bribery Tests Integrity of US Border

 

History

 

Drug Law Timelines - three web sites for historical information.

http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/history/history_article2.shtml

http://www.digthatcrazyfarout.com/gpd/MarijuanaTimeline.html

http://www.lectlaw.com/files/drg09.htm

 

 

Legal Developments

 

Early release proposed for crack cocaine offenders

 

Bill Eases Penalty For Crack Cocaine Possession

 

Rules Lower Prison Terms in Sentences for Crack

 

Legalization debate

 

The Legalization Debate Continues, as and academic and former police chief agree:

 

         Pot vs. Booze: A Former Police Chief's Take Legalize drugs to stop violence

 

Making Pot Legal: We Can Do It -- Here's How

 

Overdose Death Rate Surges, Legal Drugs Are Mostly to Blame

 

Denver Is First City to Legalize Small Amount of Pot

 

Heroin and cocaine now legal in Mexico – in small doses

 

European approach to drugs: curing, not punishment

 

Milton Friedman, 500+ Economists Call for Marijuana Regulation Debate

War on Crime, Not on Drugs

For complete stories: http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/

Download complete report on PDF: http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/MironReport.pdf

International Issues

 

New!!  How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

 

Guns and the Mexican Drug War: two related stories

 

California Pot Legalization Could Stop the Murderous Drug Cartels Waging War in Mexico

 

Drug War in Mexico: An ongoing series of articles in the Los Angeles Times: http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war

 

Drug War Failures in Afghanistan - a series of articles

U.S., allies seen as losing drug war

 

The flow of drugs to the U.S. raises questions about the two nations' war against narcotics: Plan Colombia Fails to Stem Cocaine Supply

 

The long arm of the drug war

 

Mexico to Allow Use of Drugs

 

The Lure of Opium Wealth Is a Potent Force in Afghanistan - Western officials warn of a nascent narco state as drug traffickers act with impunity, some allegedly with the support of top officials. For complete story: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-drugs29may29,0,3324290.story?coll=la-home-headlines

 

Marijuana

 

California may vote on legalizing pot

 

Marijuana legalization bill approved by key Assembly committee

 

Pot Controversy in Los Angeles - a series of articles

 

Justice Department memo rules on medical marijuana

 

Possible Major Speed Bump on the Way to Legal Marijuana

 

Over 100 Million Americans Have Smoked Marijuana -- And It's Still Illegal?

 

The racism of marijuana prohibition

 

Supreme Court action upholds California's medical pot law

 

After 30 Years, Nebraska Legislator Wants to Recriminalize Pot

 

For the latest study of the cots of pot prohibition go to this web site: http://www.drugscience.org/

10 Million Americans Busted for Pot

 

Getting Busted for Pot Can Cost Your Right to Vote

 

It's Been an 'All Out War' on Pot Smokers for 35 Years

 

DEA raids 11 marijuana outlets

 

Pot Laws Pain Some Elders: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-oldpot28apr28,0,5823482.story?coll=la-home-headlines

 

Book Review: "Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition."  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/455/book_review_marijuana_and_the_costs_of_prohibition

 

New study by The Sentencing Project: "The War On Marijuana" http://www.sentencingproject.org/pdfs/waronmarijuana.pdf
 

War on pot continues:  read "Smoked Out" - http://www.alternet.org/story/24690/

 

War on Drugs Shifts to War on Marijuana  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/385/shifted.shtml

 

 

Race and Other Disparities in the Drug War

 

Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?

 

Disparity By Geography: The War on Drugs in America’s Cities

http://www.sentencingproject.org/Admin/Documents/publications/dp_drugarrestreport.pdf

 

An important new book by Doris Marie Provine reviewed here: Race and the Drug War

 

Special Report from the Drug Policy Alliance: Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey.  Click here: http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/052808hiddencosts.cfm

 

Zero Tolerance run amok: Strip Search Case in Arizona

 

New York Must Reform Its Racist Drug Laws

 

Young people are the victims of the war on drugs

 

Pregnant Drug Addicts Aren't Child Abusers

 

 

Various Injustices of the Drug War

 

 

Crack Users Do More Time Than People Convicted of Manslaughter

 

Another gross injustice - grandmothers sent to prison on drug charge dies: 86-Year-Old Alva Mae Groves Dies Behind Bars

Cops Planted Pot on 92-Year Old Woman They Killed in Botched Drug Raid


Sentencing: No Retroactive Relief for Rockefeller Drug Law Prisoners, New York Appeals Court Rules:
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/455/new_york_appeals_court_rejects_retroactive_relief_rockefeller_drug_law

Seduction or good police work? Falmouth sting leaves a mark

 

Double Standard in drug cases - the case of the "pot princess"

 

Feature: PLUR Meets SWAT as Utah Cops Attack Electronic Dance Party http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/401/utah1.shtml

Post-Hurricane: New Orleans Narcs Itching to Make More Busts

 

Myths of the Drug War

Review of Lies, Damned Lies and Drug War Statistics

 

Meth myths explored in this latest study (see also my commentary for 8/3/06):

http://www.sentencingproject.org/pdfs/methamphetamine_report.pdf

 

ACLU Releases Crack Cocaine Report

Drug Free Zones

 

Meth and Crack: Same Myth, Different Year - click here for several articles

 

More Drug War Nonsense: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/383/senselessness.shtml