Stop the Drug War on the American People!
(Top Posts - Social/Legal - 030305)

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Updated March 3, 2005, previously posted March 1, 2001
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"Traffic" jams the drug war
February 23, 2001
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/02/23/traffic/index.html
Excerpt: " 'I saw -Traffic- with my 16-year-old
daughter,'Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told me,
'and it had a very powerful effect. It's caused me
to rethink our policies and priorities.'

And not a moment too soon. Let's hope that
rethinking reaches as deeply as the disastrous
effects of those policies.

The facts about the failure of the drug war --
including 500,000 nonviolent drug offenders
currently in jail and a fivefold increase in drug
overdose deaths during the last 20 years -- have
been available for a long time now. ..."

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Drug Wars Continue Unabated
[link no longer available]
-http://www.aclu-mass.org/archives/drug.html-
Excerpt: "... Now a group of attorneys are joining
together to take up the challenge to create a
legitimate discussion of the human cost created
by the war on drugs.

They are modeling their effort on the Voluntary
Committee of Lawyers (VCL) formed in 1927,
that successfully brought forth a public discussion
about the success and failures of the prohibition of
alcohol.

Through careful study and analysis, the VCL of the
20's reached a quick and broad-based consensus
that prohibition had failed and was indeed causing
more harm than alcoholism had before the liquor
ban. ..."

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StoptheDrugWar.org
Drug Reform Coordination Network
http://stopthedrugwar.org/index.shtml

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Cops Against the Drug War
http://www.drcnet.org/cops/
Excerpt: "The items posted here describe the growing
disillusionment with the War on Drugs in the law enforce-
ment community, the growing support for reform, and
some of the ways in which the Drug War corrupts police
forces and encourages a war mentality that is at odds
with a police officer's intended role as an officer of the
peace. ..."

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Online Library of Drug Policy
http://www.druglibrary.org
Excerpt: "Help us end the War on Drugs ..."

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Drug Policy Alliance: Alternatives to
Marijuana Prohibition and the Drug War
http://www.dpf.org
Excerpt: "The Alliance is the nation's leading organization
working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug
policies based on science, compassion, health and human
rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and
punitive prohibitions of today are no more. ..."

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DrugSense - Drug Law Reform
http://www.drugsense.org
Excerpt: "If you have reservations about the War on Drugs,
explore DrugSense to become better informed and, if you
are so moved, become active in making a positive change. ..."

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Marijuana Policy Project
http://www.mpp.org/
Excerpt: "The Marijuana Policy Project works to minimize
the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption
of marijuana, and the laws that are intended to prohibit such
use. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with
marijuana is prison. To this end, MPP focuses on removing
criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular em-
phasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously
ill people who have the approval of their doctors. ..."

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FEAR - Forfeiture Endangers American Rights
http://www.fear.org
Excerpt: "Forfeiture Endangers American Rights is a
national nonprofit organization dedicated to reform of
federal and state asset forfeiture laws to restore due
process and protect property rights in the forfeiture
process ..."

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums
http://www.famm.org
Excerpt: "Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Foundation (FAMM Foundation) is a national
organization of citizens working to reform federal
and state mandatory sentencing laws that remove
judicial discretion. ..."

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Medical Marijuana Resources
http://www.marijuana.org
Excerpt: "Diplomacy not war!
Our hearts are with
Chief justice Rehnquist during this time. And while
we're on G guys, President Bush gets the closet
case of the year award. I'll tell you though, the more
you know about W, the more you like the guy. He's
an alcoholic. He had an English springer spaniel.
And he smoked pot in the past. This guy's one of
us... -- JE ..."

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National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws
http://www.norml.org

One of NORML's recent news releases:

"US Appetite For Illicit Drugs Is World's Largest,
UN Report Says -- NORML Director Calls For
A "Regime Change" In US Drug Policy

March 3, 2005 - Vienna, Austria
http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6466

Excerpt: ... The United States is the "world's single
largest market" for illicit drugs, according to findings
published this week in the United Nations 2004
Report of the International Narcotics Control Board
(INCB).

The report further states that "the rate of drug abuse
in the US remains disturbingly high" despite federal
and state governments spending approximately
$40 billion annually on illicit drug prevention efforts.

NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre called
the UN's findings an "indictment" of US criminal drug
policy. "The United States spends more money than
any other nation to enforce its criminal drug policies,
and incarcerates a greater number of its citizens than
any other nation for anti-drug offenses, yet it remains
the world leader in illicit drug use and drug production,"
he said. "These disastrous results speak to the need
for an immediate 'regime change' in US drug policy."

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Human Rights and the Drug War
http://www.hr95.org/
Excerpt: "Dedicated to the Prisoners of the Drug War, to
their families, and to all who work for their freedom and
to restore respect for all Human Rights. ... Some browsers
don't display this page properly. Here are direct links ...

What About the Children?
http://www.hr95.org/children.html

Cruel and Unusual Punishment
http://www.hr95.org/Cruel.html

Who's In Prison?
http://www.hr95.org/hr95faces.html

What is the Human Rights and the Drug War Project?
http://www.hr95.org/hr95about.html

Drug War 101 - America's War at Home
http://www.hr95.org/dw101.htm

Memorial - In Memory of Civilian Casualties
of the Drug War
http://www.hr95.org/Memorial.html

Call for a Drug War Truce
With Peace Negotiations
http://www.hr95.org/truce.htm

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BOOKS

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Sex, Drugs, Death, and the Law: An Essay on Human
Rights & Overcriminalization, by David A Richards
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0847675254
"The best philosophical treatment of decriminalization
available.

Among the most commonly argued legal questions are
those involving 'victimless' crimes--consensual adult
sexual relations (including homosexuality and prostitution),
the use of drugs, and the right to die. How can they be
distinguished from proper crimes, and how can we, as
citizens, judge the complex moral and legal issues that
such questions entail?

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Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How
We Can Get Out, by Mike Gray
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679435336
"Drug Crazy is a scathing indictment of America's
decades long 'war on drugs', an expensive and
hypocritical folly which has essentially benefited
only two classes of people: professional anti-drug
advocates and drug lords."

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Drug Warriors and Their Prey,
by Richard Lawrence Miller
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0275950425
"Miller (an independent scholar) argues that America's
'war on drugs' promotes public fear in order to convince
citizens to relinquish their civil liberties.

The author presents cases of drug law enforcement
agencies sacrificing civil rights without just cause,
victimizing blameless people, and promoting an
authoritarian conspiracy to undermine democracy
which, he believes, will lead to mass murder."

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Our Right to Drugs : The Case for a Free Market,
by Thomas Stephen Szasz
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815603339
"My aim" states Szasz, "is to mount a critique of our
current drug laws and social policies, based on the
fundamental premise that a limited government,
epitomized by the U.S., lacks the political legitimacy
to deprive competent adults of the right to ingest,
inhale, or inject whatever substance they want."

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Drug War Politics : The Price of Denial,
by Eva Bertram, Kenneth Sharpe, Peter Andreas
http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?
isbn=0520205987

"The authors argue that the U.S. government's drug
policy has been mired in get-tough measures of a
'punitive paradigm' that plays well with voters, but
has clearly failed, caused great 'collateral damage'
within society, and blocked more rational and
successful public health solutions implied in a '
public health paradigm.'

Although the authors consider the legalization
approach, they argue that a new public-health
strategy will do more to 'heal the suffering caused
by drug abuse and addiction.'..."

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Ending the War on Drugs : A Solution for America,
by Dirk Chase Eldredge
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1882593243
"This conservative Republican has examined our
drug policies in considerable detail. He details the
failures of the Justice Department, FBI, US Customs
Service, and others in their futile quest for a 'drug-free
America.'

He clearly points out the horrendous effects of these
policies on our country: the overcrowded prisons,
police corruption, violence, spread of AIDS, unjust
sentencing, judicial overload, and the tyranny of
asset forfeiture."

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The Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances,
by Richard Rudgley
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/031219868X
"From glue-sniffing to LSD to kava, The Encyclopaedia
of Psychoactive Substances provides the first reliable,
comprehensive exploration of this fascinating and
controversial topic. With over one hundred entries,
acclaimed author Richard Rudgley covers not only
the chemical and botanical background of each
substance, but its physiological and psychological
effect on the user.

Of particular value is Rudgley's emphasis on the
historical and cultural role of these mind-altering
substances."

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Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War,
by Mikki Norris, Virginia Resner, Chris Conrad,
R.U. Sirius
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0963975439
"Shattered Lives is a must - a wake-up call to every
American. The book is beautifully designed with
photographs and stories of ordinary people caught
in the web of drug war excesses. Show it to people
who think we need a drug war! Compare the 'crimes'
with the punishments. See how freedom and justice
vanish from America. For each person caught,
a whole family suffers."

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