Drug Laws

Eliminate Racist Drug Laws

Papa’s headline reads Congress Must Fix Racist Crack/Powder Disparity Laws

Criminal penalties for possession and sales of cocaine are severe. But the penalties for crack cocaine are much more severe, despite the fact that pharmacologically they are the same drug. If these suggested changes, take affect and are applied retroactively, it will do a lot to balance the scales of justice in reforming a bad law that has dished out unfair sentences to people convicted of crack cocaine offenses.

Within its context this is right. There is no excuse for the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. In fact, any sentence related to the drug trade is unfair.
Fixing this bit of congressional stupidity does nothing though to fix the problem and relatively little to fix the racist aspects of the drug war.
The problem is the drug war itself. Our supposed public servants have no business in the prohibition business.
Remove the anti-drug laws now and receive a myriad of benefits including, inter alia, a rapid reduction in jail and prison population, substantially reduced law enforcement budgets, improved relations with drug producing countries and their people, dramatically reduced drug prices by eliminating the risk premium and an end to drug trade related violence. And, yes, it will eliminate the massive racial bias in drug law enforcement and sentencing that has existed for decades


Why Expand A Failed War?

Some of the folks who make their living off the immoral and failed war on drugs want to add yet another to the list of illegal substances:

The DEA is monitoring salvia to decide whether it should be regulated or banned outright, and a California assemblyman introduced legislation to outlaw it after law enforcement agencies in Southern California reported increased use. The legislation was voted down in committee in March, but Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia (San Bernardino County), has pledged to bring it up again next year.
“It’s kind of terrifying that we are actively allowing commerce of a drug that has LSD-like qualities,” Adams said. “Use of it is only going to get worse. There is no way this drug is going to get less popular.”

What is terrifying is that this guy wants to expand the government’s terroristic war against its own citizens, the people it is supposed to serve.

So You’re Going to New York to Make the Bigtime

You might want to check out the New York Profit Calculator first:

The wild risks, unexpected niches, and day-in-day-out grind behind making a dollar in New York for everyone… from a drug dealer to Goldman Sachs.

Thanks to the war on drugs it looks like the meth dealer made out pretty well. No wonder there is always someone to fill the void when a dealer gets carted off to jail.

Via Henley.