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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Little blurb on a new Showtime show.

    https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/...ug-war#comment

    Showtime Documentary Highlights Drug Warís Futility

    The Trade offers access to cartels, addicts, and cops alike.


    In all the billions of words and electronic images expended in telling the story of the war on drugs, perhaps nothing sums it up quite so concisely as a scene in Showtime's new documentary series The Trade. As a bedraggled mother is dragged off following her arrest on heroin charges, a cop kneels to speak to her crying children. "It's okay," he comforts them. "We're the good guys." After more than a century of this senseless, futile war, you still can't identify the players without a scorecard.
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Why?

    They make above-average music?

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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomange...M#428b37ff2e60

    New Congressional Marijuana Bill Is Actually Numbered H.R. 420

    Love the humor and the bill.

    And for the Hitler birthday critics: Castro died on Black Friday. Your participation denotes your mourning.
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Quote Originally Posted by NationalTitles17 View Post
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomange...M#428b37ff2e60



    Love the humor and the bill.

    And for the Hitler birthday critics: Castro died on Black Friday. Your participation denotes your mourning.
    I think we are a couple more election cycles away from that passing.

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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Quote Originally Posted by uafanataum View Post
    I think we are a couple more election cycles away from that passing.
    it will be interesting to see how long this takes now that so many states have legalized it in some form or another. gay marriage moved really quickly once it got a little momentum.

    these are two things i never thought i would live to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    it will be interesting to see how long this takes now that so many states have legalized it in some form or another. gay marriage moved really quickly once it got a little momentum.

    these are two things i never thought i would live to see.
    same but we are super close. Canada is now fully legal and more than half the US, the South will be last as always but I expect it now within a few years
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    SMH.


    https://reason.com/blog/2019/02/18/h...-deadl#comment

    The day after the January 28 drug raid that killed a middle-aged couple and injured five undercover narcotics officers, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo lavished praise on Gerald Goines, the 34-year veteran who had been shot in the neck after breaching the door and entering the house to assist his wounded colleagues. "He's a big teddy bear," Acevedo said. "He's a big African-American, a strong ox, tough as nails, and the only thing bigger than his body, in terms of his stature, is his courage. I think God had to give him that big body to be able to contain his courage, because the man's got some tremendous courage."
    Acevedo struck a different note on Friday, when he described Goines as a liar who had broken the law and embarrassed the department by inventing the heroin purchase that was the pretext for the raid, during which police killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas in their home at 7815 Harding Street. But as Keri Blakinger and St. John Barned-Smith reported on Friday night in the Houston Chronicle, there were warning signs that Goines was not a paragon of police professionalism long before he invented a confidential informant and a controlled buy to justify the no-knock search that put him in the hospital but did not discover any evidence of drug dealing.
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Portugal has decriminalized drugs and focused on drug treatment.

    With great success.

    Yet we continue to dig this hole, thinking we'll eventually solve it by digging ourselves deeper.

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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    https://www.hardocp.com/news/2019/02...a_convictions/

    "If you are the mom or dad who wants to participate in the kids' school activities and they're being told you can't go to that field trip because you have a felony conviction because you sold a nickel bag in the Tenderloin 10 years ago, that's the people that we care about," said Gascon. "Contact with the criminal justice system should not be a life sentence, so we've been working to reimagine the record clearance process," Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America founder and executive director, said in a statement."This new approach, which is both innovative and common sense, changes the scale and speed of justice and has the potential to ignite change across the country."
    But with drugs it pretty much is a life sentence as you are effectively barred from many things that might keep you from returning to crime, including housing, employment, and education.

    Good on CA for reversing some of the wrongs the state has done over the years.
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    i heard old people talk nostalgically about prices like that when i was in college.
    And those bags were mostly twigs and seeds.

    "There's nothing but twigs and seeds
    Twigs and seeds
    And they sure don't deliver the punch
    That this ole head needs" from the Jesse Winchester song, "Twigs and Seeds"

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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Quote Originally Posted by Its On A Slab View Post
    And those bags were mostly twigs and seeds.

    "There's nothing but twigs and seeds
    Twigs and seeds
    And they sure don't deliver the punch
    That this ole head needs" from the Jesse Winchester song, "Twigs and Seeds"
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    66% of Americans support legalizing cannabis.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/243908/...marijuana.aspx



    And 2/3 of states have legalized medicinal and/or recreational use.

    https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/07/i...cknowledge-the



    This is no longer a fringe issue. We are reaching critical mass. I hope Congress will act soon to legalize across all 50 states.
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    Re: It's Time to End the "War on Drugs"

    Quote Originally Posted by NationalTitles17 View Post
    66% of Americans support legalizing cannabis.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/243908/...marijuana.aspx



    And 2/3 of states have legalized medicinal and/or recreational use.

    https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/07/i...cknowledge-the



    This is no longer a fringe issue. We are reaching critical mass. I hope Congress will act soon to legalize across all 50 states.
    I was very surprised the other day to see CBD oil gummies in the little gas station here in Titus. Had to look it up to even see if that was legal here. The THC levels have to be essentially non-existent (0.3 percent or less IIRC) but was still a surprising sight to behold in rural AL.

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