When You are Fighting a “Drug War,” Your Police Get Armed for War

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 6:44 am

The events unfolding in Ferguson, MO don’t appears to be the direct result of a particular drug charge but the police behavior is partly a byproduct of our decades long “War on Drugs.” That term isn’t just a buzzword, but a concept that was taken very literally but policy makers and police at every level. [...]

Report: Drug War and Mandatory Minimums Exploded US Prison Population, Crushed State Budgets

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 8:10 am

America has been turned into a nation of prisons thanks primarily to the drug war and mandatory minimum sentences. A new extensive report from the National Research Council looks at the size, cost, and cause of the American prison system and it is not pretty. Five key findings from this report show the shocking extent [...]

Silk Road 2 Is Symbolic of the Entire Drug War

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 10:27 am

Last month with great fanfare federal authorities took down Silk Road, some times called the eBay of drugs, and arrested its founder Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts. One month later the site has already been replaced with new version. From CNN: Silk Road 2.0 emerged Wednesday alongside a number of other sites offering similar services. The [...]

Eric Holder Acknowledges That the War on Drugs Is Racist

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 11:42 am

In an interview with NPR Eric Holder offered some real criticism of our failed War on Drugs. From NPR: “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old,” Holder said. “There have been a lot of unintended consequences. There’s been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.” That’s one reason why [...]

The First Step Towards Reform Is Admitting Failure

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 8:06 am

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie recently admitted that the war on drugs has been a “failure” in a speech at The Brooking Institution. From Huffington Post: “The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New [...]

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