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June 19, 2008

Seeking reports on JEC hearing on US drug policy this morning

Though it has received no press coverage, I consider very notable Senator Jim Webb's convening a hearing this morning of Congress's Joint Economic Committee (JEC) to examine the economic consequences of the US drug policy (previously discussed here). 

This official press release provides the basics of the hearing in DC this morning, but coming Supreme Court decisions and other news of the day seem likely to keep this event under the radar screen for the mainstream press.  Consequently, I hope any attendees or bloggers might report on anything noteworthy that comes of this event.  I think the hearing, which is supposed to start at 10am, can be watched on-line live from a link here.

UPDATE:  The hearing is streaming live and Senator Webb's opening remarks are quite interesting.  And now available on this official hearing page are all the written statements of the witnesses and some interesting charts.

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Drug policy in this country needs a heavy overhall. Too many addicts are sitting in prison when they should be receiving counseling in a rehab facility, and too many communities are heavily policed rather than being given safe havens for kids to play in a drug free environment.

Posted by: JT | Jun 19, 2008 11:17:38 AM

Better late than never. These meetings and debates should have started years ago. The so called drug war was never going to be won! We could have looked back on prohibition and so that.

Posted by: noway | Jun 19, 2008 12:50:14 PM

It's worth noting that Webb and the Joint Economic Committee also held a conference on American overincarceration back in October. I'm glad he's devoting serious attention to this issue, and I only wish it were better publicized!

Posted by: Alex | Jun 19, 2008 6:44:20 PM

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