War on Drugs

Heroin Bust In The News — The War On Drugs Drags On

Look familiar? Haven’t we been down this road before? The headline in today’s Providence Journal reads “Record heroin seizure in R.I.” as if this were a big win in our war on drugs, when in fact it means just the opposite. If we were winning this war after 40 years the hauls would be getting […]

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“The House I Live In” Coming In November

[youtube]a0atL1HSwi8&feature=player_detailpage[/youtube] Coming to the Cable Car in November “The House I Live In” may be the film that will finally get this topic traction with the general public. Directed and written by Eugene Jarecki, and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, this film takes on the failed war

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ProJo Editorial Suggests Ending War On Drugs

In its discussion of the recent elections in Mexico and why the National Action Party may have been voted out, the Providence Journal editorial board has recognized our role in the Mexican drug violence and suggests a possible alternative to our government’s current drug policy. Though voting the PRI back into power was not what

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The New Jim Crow — The War On Drugs

Law professor Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, a book about the invidious effects of our decades-old war on drugs and our exploding (and disproportionately black) prison population. The paperback has been on The New York Times nonfiction* bestseller list for many weeks. In

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What If The U.S. Legalized All Drugs? — Forum Thursday

We could keep locking people up, but maybe it’s finally time for a different approach. The Brown University Political Theory Project will host a forum Thursday to discuss the possibility of ending the futile and failed war on drugs. And guess what, it’s kind of been done already and we can analyze the results. In

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Mexican Drug Cartels Now Recruiting American Children

A segment tonight on the NBC Nightly News series “Mexico: the War Next Door” reports on a recent incident along our border with Mexico. A pickup truck packed with a half ton of marijuana crashed following a high-speed chase by Alamo police; the driver turned out to be a 12-year-old boy. The official response so

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Coming To A Neighborhood Near You — Mexican Drug Cartels

Rhode Islanders who couldn’t get themselves too worked up about the murderous savagery Mexicans have been visiting upon each other thousands of miles away, may soon get to see the drug wars play out up close and personal. Writing in the Sunday Providence Journal, “A quiet invasion”, Katie Mulvaney reports that state police and drug

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War On Drugs Declared A Failure — “Cannot Be Won”

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued a report declaring the war on drugs a failure. According to NPR the report calls on governments to end the criminalization of marijuana and other controlled substances. “Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the

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Protect Our Youth

Well, I’ve been riding this hobbyhorse for a while now and it turns out I have an ally over at the Providence Journal — the much smarter and more articulate columnist Froma Harrop.  In yesterday’s paper, she blasted the foolish and wasteful ‘War on Drugs’ and found quite a bit of support in a recent

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