August 22, 2009
Notable news (and posts) on drug war issues
Thanks to TalkLeft and other sources, I see that there is a lot of interesting and significant "war on drugs" news of late. Specifically, check out all these recent posts of note from TalkLeft:
- "Marijuana is Safer" Debuts
- Aspen: Marijuana Dispensaries to Be Zoned Like Pharmacies
- Mexico Decriminalizes Drug Possession For Personal Use
Also, I have been meaning to note this story from earlier this week detailing that "90 percent of U.S. bills carry traces of cocaine." I wonder if this technically makes every ATM machine guilty of federal drug dealing offenses.
Meanwhile, as detailed in this press release from the US Department of Justice this week, the traditional law enforcement approach to the drug war had a big "victory" through a major bust. Here is how the official release describes what happened:
Forty-three defendants in the United States and Mexico, including 10 alleged Mexican drug cartel leaders, have been charged in 12 indictments unsealed yesterday and today in U.S. federal courts in Brooklyn and Chicago, the Department of Justice, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced. The alleged leaders and other high-ranking members of several of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels are charged with operating continuing criminal enterprises or participating in international drug trafficking conspiracies.
"Breaking up these dangerous cartels and stemming the flow of drugs, weapons and cash across the Southwest border is a top priority for this Justice Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "The cartels whose alleged leaders are charged today constitute multi-billion dollar networks that funnel drugs onto our streets and what invariably follows is more crime and violence in our communities. Today’s indictments demonstrate our unwavering commitment to root out the leaders of these criminal enterprises wherever they may be found. We will continue to stand with our partners in Mexico to dismantle the cartels’ insidious operations."
August 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM | Permalink
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first 3 links are dead
Posted by: me | Aug 23, 2009 3:10:27 PM
Time to legalize marijuana.
Posted by: Anon | Aug 23, 2009 4:22:53 PM
Bulleted links at opening of article would not open. Wouldn't open from feedblitz email either. Really want to see them, try again please. (convicted, and proud of it, drug smuggler)
Posted by: Richard Bannister | Aug 23, 2009 11:49:24 PM