On the Drug War

Articles:

I’m tired of sending drug offenders to prison
November 8, 2012 12:07 am By Judge Mark W. Bennett

CAP highlighted this article a few weeks ago, but really encourages you to read it. This is NOT the lock ’em up Mark Bennet who was the AG during the Lingle regime. This Mark Bennet is a thoughtful judge.

Criminalizing prescription drug use, distribution: The next frontier for 21st century drug warriors, Nov. 7, 2012, Grits for Breakfast
Excerpt:
“Should prescription drug abuse be treated primarily as a medical or a criminal justice matter? At the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee last week, the answer to that question seemed nearly a faint accompli, with the focus more on tactics and best practices for maximizing prosecutions of doctors and potentially patients. See the Texas Tribune’s coverage http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/department-of-state-health-services/lawmakers-discuss-prescription-drug-abuse/.

Americans consume 80% of the world’s opiates, including 99% of the world’s hydrocodone, Dr. Emilie Becker of the Texas Department of State Health Services told the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee last week. (Here’s the agenda http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/schedules/html/C5902012103013301.HTM and here’s the link to the online video.) In 1990, said Becker, the Center for Disease Control estimated there were 575,000 new opiod users nationally; by 2010 that number had mushroomed to 4.5 million, with the number of drug-related deaths rising with use.”

Mexico’s new gov to review pot fight after US vote
Nov. 7, 2012, E. Eduardo Castillo
The legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states is causing Mexico’s leaders to rethink their drug policy.

Marijuana prosecutions dropped in anticipation of legalization
Nov. 9, 2012, Jonathan Martin, Seattle TImes
Prosecutors and police in Washington moved Friday to swiftly back away from enforcing marijuana prohibition, even though the drug remains illegal for another month.

Excerpt:
“Prosecutors and police in Washington moved Friday to swiftly back away from enforcing marijuana prohibition, even though the drug remains illegal for another month.

…”I think when the people voted to change the policy, they weren’t focused on when the effective date of the new policy would be. They spoke loudly and clearly that we should not treat small amounts of marijuana as an offense,” Satterberg said.”

WOW! There are prosecutors who actually respect the will of the people…unfortunately they aren’t in Hawai`i. Hawai`I Island passed an ordinance making marijuana the lowest priority several years ago and it has been routinely ignored by law enforcement and prosecutors.

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