Category Archives: The Drug War

I’m Libertarian!

According to this presidential candidate poll, I am. Which I warn you will take about 15 minutes to complete, unless you’ve already thought about most of what is asked. I had not.

My own answers led to four Libertarians I never heard of: Austin Petersen, Gary Johnson, John McAfee and Marc Allen Feldman. Pity they have no chance.

Of the more likely candidates I side best with our Ted Cruz, followed closely by Trump. The Hildabeast is 30 points south of Trump in my poll results, and Bernie is 32. I don’t side with her on any major issues and him only on some foreign policy ones. Not a surprise.

Via Curmudgeonly and Mouth of the Brazos, who both came down with Cruz first.

Legalizing marijuana in Canada

Mr. B. was crowing the other day about how Canada is the first country to legalize marijuana. Hasn’t actually done so yet but is expected to soon. It fit with his belief that legal barriers will continue to fall and users and sellers will no longer be punished. Not by the law, at least.

I agree, and long have, that these mind-altering substances should be legal across the board. Government has no business telling us what to do with them and, certainly, their attempts to police it for the past few decades has been a failure. All that has done is create a vast network of prisons and young prisoners whose lives have, essentially, been ruined by the state. Plus raise the street price.

However, I know from long experience that children, whose brains are still developing, have no business with it, and shouldn’t be encouraged in any way to use marijuana. Even for adults it has two major drawbacks: 1) the more you do it the harder it is to stop and 2) it is one of the world’s greatest de-motivators. It will gradually quash whatever ambition you may have.

As for Mr. B., any thought that he has for doing pot is being tempered by the realization that his father and the parents of his friends are organizing to try and turn around what schoolkids hereabouts regard as “no big deal.” It’s a very bad deal for them and we want educators to place an onus on it similar to texting-and-driving and drinking-and-driving. But I’d still like to see the government and the police butt out.

How to improve policing

Want to stop all the police killings and (apparently) retaliatory killings of police? The Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds has a solution. Even if it’s unlikely to be taken.

“(1) abolish official immunity; (2) require insurance for all police; (3) give people a choice of who polices their neighborhoods. That won’t happen, though, because it’s bad for public employee unions and it doesn’t make for appealing slogans designed to drive black [Democrat] voter turnout in November of 2016.”

Repealing the drug war or, at least, decriminalizing marijuana, would help. Also getting rid of SWAT teams. But both are entrenched now and few pols are brave enough to be take them on. They might lose their chance to keep on stealing.

Via Instapundit.

UPDATE:  The Harris County (Houston) deputy slain (at first link above) was killed by a black man who has now been arrested. As Instapundit says: HOW MANY MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF OBAMA’S RACIALLY CHARGED RHETORIC? First the black Virginia killer. Now this Texas one.

Reducing drug sentences

Finally, something our Little Barry Hussein does that I can agree with.

Although it would be better if he had the guts to champion, and the negotiating skills to push through Congress an end to the drug war. Of course he doesn’t, and therefore he won’t.

But commuting the disproportionate federal prison sentences for minor drug dealers (people caught with more than a small amount are blithely assumed to be dealers) is better than nothing.

The Fart, Barf & Itch Air Force

“The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

“The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.”

Looks like Rand Paul’s battle with the NSA—which I predict he will lose despite his initial victory—is only the beginning. Or maybe not.

Via NR’s Jim Geraghty

Wrestling with a marshmellow

Sometimes journalistic cliches just ricochet off my eyeballs and provoke a titter somewhere below my belly button. To wit this NYTimes revelation of new challenges (boo, hoo) for the drug police:

“Across the country, law enforcement agencies long accustomed to seizures of bagged, smokable marijuana are now wrestling with a surge in marijuana-infused snacks and confections transported illegally across state lines for resale.”

Next up for the SWAT team: raiding kindergarten lunch bags. In the schools which still allow confections. As opposed to the ones requiring Mooch’s carrot sticks.

A new marijuana blog

And it’s not just because of all the states and cities legalizing its use. No, the new Cannabis Law Prof Blog is more about enforcement of the drug laws (particularly the federal ones) still banning its use, sale, etc.

For reasons such as these details from a 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union:

“The report finds that between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million marijuana arrests in the United States, 88% of which were for possession. Marijuana arrests have increased between 2001 and 2010 and now account for over half (52%) of all drug arrests in the United States, and marijuana possession arrests account for nearly half (46%) of all drug arrests.”

Smokers are easy to catch, allowing the drug police plenty of leisure while still  making their quotas. And the arrests fall disproportionately on blacks, though their use is about on a par with whites. Maybe more blacks spend more time on the street where the cops can see them toking.

“Such racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests exist in all regions of the country, in counties large and small, urban and rural, wealthy and poor, and with large and small Black populations. Indeed, in over 96% of counties with more than 30,000 people in which at least 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at higher rates than whites for marijuana possession.”

That the new blog is edited by a law professor at Texas A&M University is also a plus. Gig ’em, Ags. 😉

Via Instapundit