Cruz: Border Wall Can Fix Drug Problem in New Hampshire

Ted Cruz, apparently under the false impression that Mexico is the source of all of America's drug problems, told an audience at a campaign rally in New Hampshire that building a wall between the United States and Mexico would fix that state's drug problems. Because as everyone knows, demand will magically dry up and there will be no supply if you cut off one source of the product. … [Read more...]

How the War on Drugs Creates Law Enforcement Corruption

Two recent stories reveal one of the negative effects of the war on drugs that is rarely discussed, the fact that it causes massive corruption in our law enforcement agencies. A highly decorated Texas police officer has been revealed by court documents to be a member of a Mexican drug cartel and has been involved in moving cocaine and securing police equipment for the cartel. … [Read more...]

No Carly Fiorina, Pot is Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol

During the second Republican presidential debate last week, Carly Fiorina strongly implied that marijuana use is more dangerous than alcohol. "We are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having beer. It's not," she said. And she's right, but in the opposite way she's thinking. In reality, smoking marijuana is better by every measure than drinking alcohol (though I very rarely do either one). … [Read more...]

Christie’s Doubletalk on Marijuana

One of the few interesting and substantive exchanges during the second Republican presidential debate was over the subject of marijuana and whether federal anti-drug laws should be enforced in those states that have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. Rand Paul's position was completely coherent -- leave the states alone, end the drug war and treat it as a health problem, not a criminal one. Chris Christie came nowhere close to a coherent position. … [Read more...]

Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Teen Use

Well here's a shock. You know all that fear-mongering by the moral busybodies in opposition to decriminalizing either medical marijuana or all marijuana, the one about how teens will become mindless pot zombies? Turns out it's completely untrue. What a surprise. … [Read more...]

Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs. Again.

A recent study confirms what has long been known, that black people and white people use drugs at very similar rates. Blacks use marijuana at a slightly higher rate than whites, but whites are more likely to use cocaine (except crack), heroin and hallucinogenic drugs. This chart shows it all: … [Read more...]

House Votes to Tell DEA to Leave Medical Pot Alone

In a rather astonishing turn of events, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to an omnibus spending bill that would order the DEA not to interfere with medical marijuana use and sale in states where it is legal. The vote was even relatively easy, 219-189. … [Read more...]

Judge: Many Innocent People Plead Guilty

A federal judge in New York did an interview with the New York Daily News in which he said that tens of thousands of innocent people have pleaded guilty to crimes they didn't commit because the criminal justice system gives prosecutors enormous power to coerce such pleas. … [Read more...]

Marco Rubio vs Reality

As Marco Rubio attempts to make a comeback from plummeting poll numbers that have all but destroyed his once-promising presidential potential, he's taking on the demon weed. In an interview with Yahoo News, he said that there is no "responsible way to recreationally use marijuana." … [Read more...]

Legal Pot in Colorado Working Out Fine So Far

When Colorado voters approved a referendum to legalize the use and sale of marijuana in that state, the drug warriors made all sorts of dystopic predictions. Crime will skyrocket! Roads will become killing fields due to impaired driving! Dogs and cats, living together! It's only been a few months, but so far things are going just fine. … [Read more...]

Fleming: We Can’t Let Our Precious Veterans Smoke Pot!

Rep. John Fleming was one of the members of the House of Representatives who voted down an amendment that would have allowed VA doctors from discussing medical marijuana with veterans in states that allow it. On Tony Perkins' radio show he explained his ignorant and ridiculous rationale: … [Read more...]

Alexander: Legalization is Not Enough

Michelle Alexander, author of the incredible book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Revised) [ THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS (REVISED) BY Alexander, Michelle ( Author ) Jan-16-2012, makes the important point that ending the war on drugs, if it ever happens, will not be nearly enough to end and overcome the legacy of the racist criminal justice system it has created. … [Read more...]