I noted earlier a much reported rumor of Obama’s Drug Czar choice. Well, he either has changed his mind or it was indeed a rumor, or the guy was considered along with others and his name was the one that slipped out. It has now been confirmed by several sources that Obama has picked Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to be his Drug Czar. Seattle voters passed a law to make marijuana enforcement police’s lowest priority, and while Kerlikowske was initially skeptical, the policy has worked out well. Washington is one of the many states to have compassion laws, and Kerlikowske didn’t try to undermine those laws. Advocates of compassion laws are cautiously optimistic that if he is approved by the Senate that he’ll keep going with Obama’s campaign promise of letting actual medical science prevail and stop wasting billions of federal dollars on raids of compassion clubs, grow ops and the like in states where it has been legalized.
It’s 4/20, the traditional day that those who smoke marijuana celebrate.
And while I may not do drugs myself, it is the perfect occasion to rail against America’s unjust and hypocritical war on drugs.
Actually, skip the rail, as I have already covered my thoughts and opinions on this stupid drug war of ours a ton of times.
Good Video Series on Medical Marijuana
Say Yes to Ohio Issue 1 This November… out of date since that was back in 2006 and the people of Ohio were idiots and voted no, even though it would have saved Ohio tax payers tons by using treatment programs rather than jail time for non-violent drug offenders… treatment programs that are proven to be more effective than jail… treatment programs that treat a ton of users for the price of sending one person to jail.
More Proof Congress is Out of Touch with Reality, not related too much to the drug war, but I touch on it some in that post. But it gets to the racial nature of the drug war… remember, drugs were made illegal because they (Congress) warned that black people couldn’t be trusted with them, that they couldn’t handle them the way white people do, and that they would rape white women if they had access to the drugs…
Cincinnati to Free Violent People to Make Room for People with Pot. Perhaps one of my biggest problems with the drug war is that we jail non-violent drug offenders, and to make room for them we let rapists, child molesters and other violent shit of the world go to make room for somebody who had a joint. Note, I am not saying not to jail violent drug offenders, but we shouldn’t jail non-violent drug offenders. We could treat a ton of drug users for the price of sending just one of those users to jail, which is the default answer (which Ohio Issue 1 above was meant to solve).
The Touch, the Feel of Pesticides in Our Lives more of an industrial hemp argument, but hemp is illegal due to the perception that it is the same thing as marijuana and would be used the same.
I thought for sure I had far more, but that is all I found… So I’ll provide a few more links
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Cops, judges and the like who offer a great many reasons to end the war on drugs.
NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. Read their links.
Wikipedia’s article on the War on Drugs. Fairly unbiased, but is a bit critical.
Traffic, a great movie about the costs of the drug war on families.
I could go on with more arguments and more links, but I’ll leave it well enough alone.
I saw a report that said that Antidepressants may not be as effective as popularly thought. Worse, the studies that prove certain drugs are ineffective are very seldom published in medical journals and literature. This is above and beyond the known side effects of antidepressants, such as them actually increasing the suicide rate among teens, despite which, if the school tests your kid and thinks they are depressed and it is confirmed by a psychologist, they will need to be on antidepressants in order to continue going to high school… and that little law came courtesy of the Bush administration who isn’t nearly as in bed with the drug companies as the Democrats are, especially Clinton, and remember the drug companies make twice the profit as the oil companies for which he is deeply in bed with… of course one typically doesn’t go to war to secure drugs. I’ve talked about the secret testing of teens in school before so I won’t cover it more now, outside of reminding everyone the only candidate who has tried to make laws requiring notified informed consent to test the kids at school with no negatives if they refuse consent it Ron Paul.
Anyhow, I am typically of the opinion that drugs seldom work as well as advertised and in general probably have more negatives then positives. This isn’t to say that we should avoid them. I take acetaminophen or Aspirin if I get a bad enough headache that I think it warrants some. Doctors, medicine and drugs can be good, but we tend to overdo it and over-prescribe. Natural remedies tend to be ignored as they result in less profit for the drug companies. This is perhaps the number one reason that marijuana is still illegal, its effectiveness to cost ratio is too good compared to the pharmaceuticals that have been used for years to replace it. (The other reason being that the drug war costs tons of money which means lots of taxes need to be collected for law enforcement and the military, ending the drug war as it is fought now and moving to treatment would result in billions being saved, and despite all the posturing by politicians, saving money isn’t what they are about.)
This study won’t matter in the end. The public will soon forget; they will be enticed into taking drugs they don’t really need by ads on TV.