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Surely you don’t want to legalize hard drugs like heroin or cocaine?

February 27th, 2012

Despite all economic theory, and despite all the empirical evidence that suggests prohibition is doomed to failure, let’s pretend that I don’t want to legalize all drugs. But let’s pretend that I’m like a great many people and I’m willing to concede that pot should at least be decriminalized.

Do you have any idea how much would be saved? You could cut the drug war budget by 50% if you just legalized pot, and save billions more from incarceration expenses no longer needed.

Do you have any idea how many (mostly brown, mostly poor – because rich white kids don’t go to jail for pot) lives would not be destroyed? You’d also— overnight — eliminate the profitability of criminal enterprise.

The war on drugs is really the war on pot.

 

The important takeaway from this infographic is that the war on drugs they’re selling you is not the war on drugs you’re paying for. The violent criminal enterprises and organized crime and Frank Lucas style dealers in every hood is basically bullshit fearmongering. The reality is that 82% of the war on drugs is a war on possession, and 100% of the war on drugs is a war on personal freedom.

It is about control. It is always about control.

What Part of “Public Servant” Don’t You Understand?

August 27th, 2011

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is allowing his personal opinions (as an opponent of legalization) to interfere with his obligation as a public servant and elected official. Ostensibly, he is in office because of the people who voted for him (via the Detroit Free Press).

The unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals was declared a statewide precedent by Attorney General Bill Schuette, an opponent of the 2008 voter-passed law legalizing marijuana for medical use.

“The court made it clear that these dispensaries, these pot shops, have to be closed down,” he said.

As a result of the recent ruling, dispensaries throughout the state shut their doors. The unlucky ones were raided by law enforcement and several people were arrested. There have been several robberies carried out on these establishments thus far, perpetrated by law enforcement officers and now backed by the Attorney General’s opinion, acting in direct contravention to the will of the people they purport to “serve and protect”.

Unfortunately for the people, Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t give a damn about them, he is more interested in flexing his political power to support his own agenda.

If my ire sounds familiar, it should. I said essentially the same thing about Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, over three years ago.

It is simply not excusable for any public official to publicly campaign against the will of the people, nor to direct policy in direct opposition thereto.

Doing so ought to be considered an immediate and irrevocable act of resignation; as they are demonstrably unfit for their duties as public servants if they are unwilling to at least tolerate non-violent activities that were overwhelmingly approved by the public. And yes, if you’re keeping score, a 60-40 margin is overwhelming.

Mr. Schuette, the people have spoken and they have essentially mandated the exact fucking opposite. You don’t get to tell the people what they want. It’s the other way around.

So either do your job, or quit.

 

 

 

 

Ron Paul’s Bill Won’t Really End the War on Drugs

June 23rd, 2011

Today, Ron Paul and Barney Frank are proposing a bill that would end the federal war on marijuana. Naturally stoners and libertarians now want to have a lemon party with them (don’t google it). And although I am an occasionally vocal proponent for legalization and decriminalization, I’m among the minority of folks who aren’t all that excited about this.

Ron Paul and Barney Frank discuss upcoming lemon party

Why? Because it is a perfect example of Ron Paul’s unprincipled wishy-washy anti-federalism. Sure I suppose I would rather see 25 or 30 individual state “wars on drugs” than one enormous federal war on drugs. But what I really want to see is no fucking wars. If Paul is really that opposed to the war on drugs, on principle, then it is flat out retarded to grant the individual states the same powers which he is attempting to strip from the Feds. Why not propose a bill that say “No more wars on drugs, neither federal, state, county, or municipality. Period.”

“Let the states decide”, as any consistent libertarian knows, is a cop-out, albeit a politically-calculated one.

Also, I hate to break it to you. This bill isn’t going to pass the House and the Senate, and even if it did I’d give it considerably less than a coin-flip’s odds of getting past Obama’s flip-flopping meet-the-new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss style “change”.  A lot of people will look at the intangibles, like how this brings the marijuana policy debate to the forefront of American politics. That’s a good thing but like my friend Matt said RP is “not the second coming of Christ” and this bill is essentially a publicity stunt.

All that said… I am not opposed to anything that strips the feds of their power, I just think that the jubilation that this bill will surely spark among many libertarians, tea partiers, social democrats, independents, etc., is not really warranted.

I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that we see legalization in the next 10-20 years, and maybe it starts with this bill, maybe not. But either way there’s still a lot of fight ahead so keep it in all in perspective.

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