The War On Drugs

We are certainly pleased by the results of the special election in Alabama 1, especially since we believed Moore would win in a walk (hand-in-hand with the nearest prepubescent girl.)

One wonders if perhaps Alabamans were inspired by psilocybin?

SILVER SPRING, MD— Following months of research into the psychedelic compound’s effects, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed Thursday that psilocybin could significantly reduce the risk of mindlessly following society’s rules like a fucking lemming. “After numerous clinical trials, we can state with a high degree of certainty that ingesting small doses of psilocybin greatly decreases the chances of blindly marching in lockstep like a bunch of goddamn sheep being led to the slaughter,” said FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb.2 3

The War Against Drugs

In not necessarily less realistic, but more surreal news, Congress is tripping out over guns…again. Enter marijuana…

Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation this week that would allow people permitted to carry concealed guns in one state to bring their weapons with them when they travel, even if their destination state has more stringent requirements to qualify for concealed carry.

But if the GOP wants to do that, a Democratic congressman argues in a new video, they should also be in favor of forcing states to recognize protections granted under each another’s marijuana laws.

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This has to be killing the (Philippines) government lawyers

In his comment filed before the (Philippines) SC began oral arguments, the government’s chief legal counsel said that the drug war is being “emasculated and undermined” by petitions of the families who lost their loved ones in the violent police operations.

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Wacky Southern Bigoted Elf Jeffy Sessions had a candid tête-à-tête with some –as it turns out– actual thinking DoJ interns this summer:

This summer, in the midst of President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular, Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be “based on law and based on facts” and “can’t be politicized.”

But when Justice Department interns attending the event started asking him questions, things got spirited — and an internal Justice Department video of the session, obtained by ABC News, offers a rare glimpse of what appears to be a less guarded Sessions.

At one point, he seemed to mock a Justice Department intern for questioning whether marijuana is dangerous. He said cities like Chicago and Baltimore are now plagued with rising crime and murders because they “have abandoned traditional police activities.” And he dismissed another intern’s assertion that many Americans in poor, largely minority communities fear law enforcement officers.

“I grew up in one of these communities,” said the intern, who said he attends the University of California at Berkeley. “I grew up in a project to a single mother. And the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”

An apparently exasperated Sessions replied, “Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it’s not the view” elsewhere.

Jeffy keeps using that phrase; I don’t think it means what he thinks it does…

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Again in the increasingly surreal Congress:

Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn’t be denied federal judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill out the federal bench if marijuana use was considered disqualifying…

…Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.

“If that’s the sole judgment on whether somebody ought to have a judgeship or not — or maybe any other position — we may not be able to find people to fill those positions,” said Mr. Grassley, who said his own views on drug use have also changed since he came to Congress three decades ago.

Just another example of economics and demographics overriding social/political driven policy.

It’s also helpful to remember that drug testing was nothing more an attempt by one generation (the Greatest generation + the leading edge of the Boomers) to impose its social/political will upon the following ones. Times have changed, and much of those hidebound dinosaurs are dead.

Ourself, we’re not adverse to drug testing, per se, but only if it’s a written test, with at least one essay question…

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Canada, oh Canada!

It all started in July 2017, when Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu rose in the House of Commons. “We have already established that this legislation would put marijuana in the hands of children,” said Gladu. “Not just with the 15 joints that 12-year-olds can have, but with the four plants per household.”

Gladu was likely referring to the fact that the new bill does not criminalize youth for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana—though the assumption that a mere five grams equals 15 joints is a fantasia in its own right. More importantly, what’s the alternative? Does Ms. Gladu actually believe that 12-year-olds should be arrested and treated to the criminal justice system for being caught with a joint?

Gladu followed up with a widely mocked remark about the accessibility dangers of homegrown cannabis: “So Little Johnny can put some in the toaster oven and smoke it up.” The remark took the Canadian cannabis Twitterverse by storm, inspiring the hashtag #Toasterbud and widespread mockery.

There will be hand-wringing untold, yes, but our northern neighbors will do the right thing and legalize marijuana nationwide. We can already hear the calls for A Great Northern Border Wall…

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Show 3 footnotes

  1. Even if we suspect the local ReThugs will gin up a more acceptable candidate in time to retake that Senate seat next fall.
  2. Yeah, I KNOW this is from The Onion; it doesn’t make it any less correct: Psilocybin causes neurogenesis, e.g. neural plasticity. Think of neural plasticity like gardening; it involves pruning and new growth of neural connections. New connections allow for new ways of thinking. As Nixon and His Henchmen were well aware. Put another way, Psilocybin is like Kryptonite to Christian imperialism.
  3. Thor knows there’s enough mushrooms & bullshit in Alabama to trip out the entire state.

How To Win a War on Drugs

Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating drug users. In contrast, Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue.

After more than 15 years, it’s clear which approach worked better. The United States drug policy failed spectacularly, with about as many Americans dying last year of overdoses — around 64,000 — as were killed in the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars combined.

In contrast, Portugal may be winning the war on drugs — by ending it. Today, the Health Ministry estimates that only about 25,000 Portuguese use heroin, down from 100,000 when the policy began.

The number of Portuguese dying from overdoses plunged more than 85 percent before rising a bit in the aftermath of the European economic crisis of recent years. Even so, Portugal’s drug mortality rate is the lowest in Western Europe — one-tenth the rate of Britain or Denmark — and about one-fiftieth the latest number for the U.S.

For the last 50-someodd years the reactionaries in our government have abandoned common sense, not to mention compassion and empathy for their fellow citizens, when it has come to drug policy, instead preferring to have their ignorance praised and prejudices stroked by the mouth-breathers, deplorables and multinational corporations.

But hot damn if that isn’t changing by sheer attrition: Moronic regressives like Lil’ Jeffy Sessions are slowly dying out. And they’re being replaced by a more knowledgeable electorate, people who know they have been lied to, by whom and for what reasons.

This will eventually spell the doom of prohibition; inch by inch, sloooooowly we will turn..

Even the U.S. government will have to come around: One can deny the obvious only for so long.

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” Thomas Paine

How To Win a War on Drugs

Nevada\’s Drug Problem

Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana: There’s not enough of it.

Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.

“We didn’t know the demand would be this intense,” Al Fasano, cofounder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said Tuesday. “All of a sudden you have like a thousand people at the door. …We have to tell people we’re limited in our products.”

In declaring a state of emergency late last week, the state Department of Taxation warned that “this nascent industry could grind to a halt.”

As bad as that would be for marijuana consumers and the pot shops, the state has another concern: tax revenue. A 10% tax on sales of recreational pot — along with a 15% tax on growers — is expected to generate tens of millions of dollars a year for schools and the state’s general fund reserves.

The whole article is a must-read, but the gist is as follows: Nevada is running out of weed, due mostly to local legislative cowardice (induced by liquor industry lobbyists.) The Nevada Department of Taking Your Money is spazzing ’cause they’re losing whole shit-tons of Ameros.

Think Charles Foster Kane William Randolph Hearst’s cock-blocking the hemp industry.

One is tempted to enquire as to what the fuck the Nevada state legislature was smoking when they came up with this “plan”, but that seems obvious, n’est-ce pas?.

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The War on Drugs

We’ve long claimed the death and destruction caused by the war on drugs could be pared down to a bare minimum by 1.) legalizing drugs, and 2.) the government stepping in to manage the drug marketplace. That, of course, is not something our thoroughly corrupt political class wants to hear; they’re all pretty much making a financial killing the way things stand, and all that bribe/hush money would disappear were we to come to our senses.

Though it doesn’t get much play by the MSM, others tend to agree…

In an interview with The Independent, Rolles, who has previously served as an adviser to the Global Commission on Drugs, argues that the “most striking thing about the war on drugs is its spectacular failings on its own terms”.

He says the idea behind the policy was to eradicate drugs from the globe in order to create a drug-free world by 2008, with the official slogan of the 1998 UN conference on the world drug problem being: “A Drug-Free World: We Can Do It.”

“Not only did that not happen but actually things continued to get worse so drug markets were founded, prevalence increased and all the problems related to drug use and illegal drug markets increased as well,” Rolles says. “For a policy that is specifically trying to eradicate drugs from the world, it has overseen the most rapid expansion of drug use in human history.”

The policy has instead backfired, he points out, leading to the creation of an “enormous illegal market where hundreds of billions every year are controlled by violent gangsters. So we have all of this crime and violence, both on UK city streets and around the world, which is fuelled by the illegal drug trade. We don’t have those issues with legal drugs. We don’t have tobacconists gunning each other down in the streets. All the problems associated with the vast illegal drug trade are essentially a result of prohibition.”

Instead of protecting the health of the public, the war on drugs has made drugs more dangerous, Rolles maintains. “It’s not deterring youth. It’s not preventing availability of access to drugs. It’s actually making drugs more dangerous.

“All drugs are fundamentally risky but when they’re produced and supplied through an illegal market they become more risky. People don’t know how strong they are, people don’t know what’s in them, their potency can vary wildly. All of the things that that the war on drugs is supposedly achieving in terms of protecting our health or protecting us from crime, it’s actually doing the opposite.” 1

Samatha Bee’s take on the subject…

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  1. One of the very few unqualified “good” bits Comey revealed yesterday may put paid to Sessions as AG. Though, if true, there’s nothing to stop OMP from naming someone far worse in his stead, as seems to be his pattern.

Poverty Causes Addiction

One of the ways this theory was first established is through rat experiments – ones that were injected into the American psyche in the 1980s, in a famous advert by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. You may remember it. The experiment is simple. Put a rat in a cage, alone, with two water bottles. One is just water. The other is water laced with heroin or cocaine. Almost every time you run this experiment, the rat will become obsessed with the drugged water, and keep coming back for more and more, until it kills itself.

The advert explains: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.”

…a professor of Psychology in Vancouver called Bruce Alexander noticed something odd about this experiment. The rat is put in the cage all alone. It has nothing to do but take the drugs. What would happen, he wondered, if we tried this differently? So Professor Alexander built Rat Park. It is a lush cage where the rats would have colored balls and the best rat-food and tunnels to scamper down and plenty of friends: everything a rat about town could want. What, Alexander wanted to know, will happen then?

In Rat Park, all the rats obviously tried both water bottles, because they didn’t know what was in them. But what happened next was startling.

The rats with good lives didn’t like the drugged water. They mostly shunned it, consuming less than a quarter of the drugs the isolated rats used. None of them died. While all the rats who were alone and unhappy became heavy users, none of the rats who had a happy environment did…

…Professor Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage

After the first phase of Rat Park, Professor Alexander then took this test further. He reran the early experiments, where the rats were left alone, and became compulsive users of the drug. He let them use for fifty-seven days — if anything can hook you, it’s that. Then he took them out of isolation, and placed them in Rat Park. He wanted to know, if you fall into that state of addiction, is your brain hijacked, so you can’t recover? Do the drugs take you over? What happened is — again — striking. The rats seemed to have a few twitches of withdrawal, but they soon stopped their heavy use, and went back to having a normal life. The good cage saved them. (The full references to all the studies I am discussing are in the book.)

We’d note two things:

First, it’s been obvious for decades the addiction crisis is driven by poverty and its attendant misery in the lives of ordinary Americans. And that poverty has always been an official government policy.

Second, you don’t have to be Carnac the Magnificent to see the parallels between the current US opioid epidemic and the explosion in drug and alcohol abuse in the Soviet Union. 1

Poverty Causes Addiction

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  1. For those with poor/no memory, this happened just prior to the USSR’s collapse. We’re jes’ sayin’…