This is bureaucratic turf defense dressed up as public policy, as it almost always is. And in this case the head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg is doing particular harm. Because the head of the DEA knows that the trend toward legalization of cannabis threatens his agency, he continues a defense which most people know at this point is just false. (He probably knows it’s false.) Of course cannabis has medical applications. From epilepsy, to cancer, to wasting disease,
The War on Drugs is fundamentally a war on the American people. It is a disastrous policy which likely has ruined many more lives than drugs have. The “war” is also deeply crony. The main reason drugs remain illegal – mostly – is because large vested economic interests want it that way. The police, the DEA, various other law enforcement agencies, lawyers, treatment centers (in some cases), drug companies (in many cases), illegal drug dealers (who go out of business with liberalized drug laws) all have their bread buttered to a greater or lesser extent by the drug war.
The Huffington Post says, “shockingly.” I am in no way shocked. I doubt many of our readers are either. If one works for the government, even if one is charged with enforcing drug laws and one is caught using drugs, the chances of being fired are slim. Very slim. More people should know about the completely ridiculous level of “job security” federal employees enjoy. Remember, you pay for them. (Which is why accountability is in such short supply.
In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)
I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.
Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.
In March we did a post on drug cartel funded orgies (or “sex parties,” whatever) in which DEA agents participated. But it seems this wasn’t an isolated or even a group of isolated incidents. The DEA has a long history with hookers it appears. One “high ranking” DEA official even had prostitutes at his going away party.
But don’t light up a joint.
And get this, the head of the DEA says because of federal employee rules she couldn’t fire any of the guys who engaged in this behavior.
It makes sense. We have argued for a long time that ending pot prohibition would do much to reduce crime.
Marijuana is by far the illicit drug of choice in the USA. Even though weed is relatively bulky, smells like a skunk crossing and so is easily detected, it remains number 1.
Legalize the market, legitimize the market, and the prohibition inflated profits (and incentive) go away.
Say whatever you want but this does not indicate a healthy situation. Lots of money in prisons.
William F. Buckley is the conservative’s conservative. Indeed many consider him the founder of the modern conservative movement. He believed strongly that drugs should be legal, as he explains below.
The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. It’s caused unfathomable heartache. It’s fattened the wallets of police departments and drug dealers alike. We have prisons full of people there because of drugs. Lives have been torn apart. Families have been torn apart. Countries have been torn apart.
The War on Drugs has made a mockery of the Constitution. Do you think the founders ever envisioned the police digging through the possessions of American citizens in a search for intoxicants?
“Bought off” is perhaps too strong a phrase. Influenced in a big way? Yeah, that might be fair.
We have corruption in the United States. It is pervasive and it is at all levels of government. Billions and billions are stolen from taxpayers both legally and illegally. Occasionally there is even political violence. But what is unfolding in the country to our south is just evil.
Rest assured that none of the $7 billion dollars went directly to war lords and other avowed enemies of the United States. I am sure the money didn’t go to fund new “deep wells” which enable poppy cultivation in previously inhospitable places, or to finance the transport of heroin into Europe, China, and North America.
Nope. That money, that taxpayer money, was money well spent.
Well that IS a relief. I thought things were going to hell in a hand basket over there. Whew!
It’s funny, there are still many people in this country who are concerned with medical marijuana.That making pot available to patients will unleash some horrible drug genie. And yet one never hears these people complaining about medical heroin, and we have widespread legalized medical heroin, aka oxycodone and oxycontin in this country.