War on Drugs

Biden Moves On Marijuana Reform

“Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. . . And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.” Last week President Biden […]

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The DEA Protects Its $2 Billion Budget

Condemnation for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to keep marijuana listed as a Schedule I drug has been universal. The DEA defines Schedule I drugs, substances, and chemicals as “. . . drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Those in the medical field have argued that it is

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‘End The Drug War’ Trifecta — Cops, Docs, And Clergy

Three perfect panels yesterday at “Cops, Docs, and Clergy,” a conference featuring speakers from those three areas of expertise who are calling for an end to our war on drugs. All aspects of our failed approach to the drug problem were covered. I was particularly impressed with Major Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement

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Proposed Opioid Regulations Are A Terrible Idea

Here’s a new wrinkle in the misguided war on drugs. Doctors and dentists have been looking over their shoulders a while now with nothing less than their licenses on the line. Now, in an effort to curb the abuse of prescription painkillers, state regulators want to prohibit doctors and other healthcare practitioners from prescribing opioids

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Chaos On The Border — Who Benefits

The images of children crossing into this country through the Mexican border are heartbreaking and the latest tragedy traceable to America’s futile war on drugs. The numbers astonish. According to The New York Times More than 52,000 minors traveling without their parents have been caught crossing the southwest border illegally since October, including 9,000 in

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Unsolved Homicides On the Rise

Since the federal government declared its war on drugs several decades ago the clearance rate of homicides throughout the country has steadily declined. Data available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports) show that the percentage of homicides “solved” nationwide decreased from 72% in 1980 to 64% in 2008.

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Legalizing Marijuana — Potential Tax Revenues

Testimony will be heard today by the House Judiciary Committee concerning Marijuana Legalization Bill 7506. In addition to the compelling social justice issues, proponents will have a strong economic argument to make to Rhode Island legislators this year, supported by the early news out of Colorado and a recent report from OpenDoors, a nonprofit that

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ProJo Editorial — Legalize Marijuana

I have a piece in today’s Providence Journal — “Drug war has failed; legalize marijuana” — in which I take the ProJo editorial board to task for their recent opposition to the legalization of marijuana. My advocacy concerning the war on drugs and the reform of marijuana laws is known to regular Dose readers —

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AG Kilmartin Asks For Bigger Budget, More Prosecutors

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is asking for an increase of 8% in his budget for the next fiscal year. Governor Chafee wants him to find 7% in cuts.  Providence Journal staff writer Tracy Breton reports on the staffing woes at the A.G.’s office in today’s paper, “Stretched to the limit, prosecutors plead case.”

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U.S. Now Officially Part Of The Mexican Drug Trade

And why not? Let’s get on the gravy train. British Bank HSBC has apparently established that money-laundering for Mexican drug cartels (and terrorists) will now be considered a civil offense. According to the New York Times, Federal and state authorities secured a record $1.92 billion payment from HSBC on Tuesday to settle charges that the

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War On Drugs — Let The Landlords Do It

In a noble but misguided effort to assist troubled neighborhoods, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is going with the Whack-a-Mole approach to our war on drugs; why he thinks this method will succeed is not known. Over the last several decades, as a result of various combined law enforcement efforts, cartels have been moving their smuggling

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“The House I Live In” At Cable Car Cinema

In light of recent progress being made on the national front regarding marijuana reform, this documentary about the failed war on drugs could hardly have come at a better time. Let’s broaden the discussion and keep the momentum going on this topic. As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking

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