US Spent $7 Billion Trying to Destroy Opium Production in Afghanistan, Opium Production Soared

By: Friday July 4, 2014 1:45 pm

While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey, opium production is hitting records in Afghanistan with “estimates that 209,000 hectares are under opium-poppy cultivation, an all-time high and a 36% increase from 2012.”

 

ACLU Report on Militarized Policing: SWAT Team Deployments, Federal Programs Foster Warrior Mentality

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:55 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry.

More War-on-Drugs Voodoo: Saliva Screening

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 3:50 pm

Although touted as a useful tool to combat drunk and drugged driving, on-the-spot saliva drug screening is a war-on-drugs development that aims to target everyone, even the innocent. While the goal is to expand the saliva test to the workplace, the schools, and the family courts and programs, the roll-out will target random drivers. Rather than contribute to the decrease in impaired driving incidents, however, the practice will likely criminalize legitimate medication therapies by identifying minuscule and sub-therapeutic levels of some drugs.

DEA Partnered With Guzman’s Mexican Drug Cartel for Over a Decade

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 10:20 am

Another dark alliance? According to an investigation by El Universal between 2002 and 2012 the DEA had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was led at that time by recently arrested Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy, by Jon Walker

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 9:10 am

Jon Walker’s After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy combines detailed knowledge of the past and present stories and issues surrounding cannabis in the United States with a solidly based set of predictions about what the stories and issues will be like in 2030.

Book Review: Methland, The Death and Life of a Small American Town

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 4:15 pm

Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I’m aware of that understands at a fundamental level meth isn’t a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems. The meth epidemic isn’t about a drug, its about the economy, and so Reding’s book is as much about the death of a way of life as the birth of a drug.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Doug Fine, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 1:59 pm

Doug Fine’s third book, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, is his most important volume to date. He traces the 2011 life of a single cannabis plant from cloning to harvest to ingestion by a medical marijuana user, who benefits enormously from the herb’s benign effects. Around this central story, he describes many aspects of what was at the time of writing, the biggest chink in the teetering walls of the U.S. drug war infrastructure: the cannabis industry in California’s Emerald Triangle. And he comments on the overall American war on cannabis use, cultivation, research and development. Packed within the book’s 324 pages is the most effective marshaling of logical arguments against the criminalization of this plant that may exist.

FDL Book Salon Preview: Too High to Fail Author Doug Fine Addresses London UK NORML Meeting

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 8:15 am

Because Fine’s book is one of the most important yet published on failings and stupidities of the War on Drugs, he has been in demand for public speaking engagements on legalization issues and their ramifications. He has taken a holistic approach toward how legalization, cultivation, marketing, product development and hemp-cannabis infrastructure might rationally work. In that, he is in the forefront.

Trey Radel Will Take Leave of Absence After Cocaine Plea

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am

Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”

Rep. Radel Shows Why the Drug War Has Been Allowed to Continue

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 12:48 pm

The recent arrest and conviction of Rep. Trey Radel for buying cocaine is a perfect example of why the terrible War on Drugs has been allowed to continue for so long. Wealthy and politically connected people are rarely if ever targeted by drug enforcement. When they are caught up in it almost by accident, the criminal justice system treats them with the softest kid gloves.

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