Free trade and Mexico’s drug war + War on drugs and Mexico’s demise

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Miguel Tinker Salas: Collapse of traditional economy created the space for the cartels to grow.

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Ron Paul On Legalizing Marijuana: Drug War Is A Horrible Failure

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Replaced the 1st video Nov. 30, 2009

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April 15, 2009

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Legalizing Pot

April 16, 2009 CNN

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Poll: Should Drugs Be Legal?

A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US By Clive Crook (updated: added video and poll)

Poll: Should Drugs Be Legal?

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April 14, 2009

Here are 2 polls you can participate in.  Vote directly in the poll box below then go to the link to vote in CNN’s poll. ~ DS

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CNN

Do you think the United States should legalize drugs?

No way

Yes, all drugs

Only marijuana

http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/13/vote-should-drugs-be-legal-in-the-us/

results 4.14.09 2:00 PM CDT:

No way 7% 110
Yes, all drugs 49% 753
Only marijuana 43% 660
Total Votes: 1523

This is not a scientific poll

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A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US By Clive Crook (updated: added video and poll)

A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US By Clive Crook (updated) (videos + poll)

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Update: April 14, 2009 added video and poll

By Clive Crook
ICH
April 12, 2009 “Financial Times

How much misery can a policy cause before it is acknowledged as a failure and reversed? The US “war on drugs” suggests there is no upper limit. The country’s implacable blend of prohibition and punitive criminal justice is wrong-headed in every way: immoral in principle, since it prosecutes victimless crimes, and in practice a disaster of remarkable proportions. Yet for a US politician to suggest wholesale reform of this brainless regime is still seen as an act of reckless self-harm.

Even a casual observer can see that much of the damage done in the US by illegal drugs is a result of the fact that they are illegal, not the fact that they are drugs. Vastly more lives are blighted by the brutality of prohibition, and by the enormous criminal networks it has created, than by the substances themselves. This is true of cocaine and heroin as well as of soft drugs such as marijuana. But the assault on consumption of marijuana sets the standard for the policy’s stupidity.

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via A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US

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LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS!

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http://earth2obama.org/

April 13, 2009 CNN

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Note: replaced video Sept. 17, 2011

95% Of CNN Viewers Want Marijuana Legalized!

on May 21, 2009

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CNN

Do you think the United States should legalize drugs?

No way

Yes, all drugs

Only marijuana

http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/13/vote-should-drugs-be-legal-in-the-us/

results 4.14.09 2:00 PM CDT:

No way 7% 110
Yes, all drugs 49% 753
Only marijuana 43% 660
Total Votes: 1523

This is not a scientific poll

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Poll: Should Drugs Be Legal?

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/category/drugs/

One Medical Marijuana Provider In CA Produces OVER 100,000 Dollars A Month In Tax Revenues (updated)

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Update: added a link to a  story; see below

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March 29, 2009 CNN

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Would Marijuana Light Up the Economy?

By Mark Follman
Mother Jones
Fri March 27, 2009 1:22 PM PST

Guest blogger Mark Follman writes frequently about current affairs and culture at markfollman.com.

The debate about whether to legalize marijuana in the United States has never been a mainstream one. So it’s been fascinating to watch how much attention the concept has gotten lately, however viable it may or may not be.

Preoccupation with the violent drug war is one factor; marijuana is the largest source of revenue for the Mexican cartels’ multibillion dollar business north of the border. Commodify the major cash crop through legalization, the idea goes, and its cost will plummet, putting a serious dent in the bad guys’ bank accounts.

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via Would Marijuana Light Up the Economy? | Mother Jones.

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Red State Update: Legalize Drugs, Save Mexico

Ron Paul: It’s Time To End Prohibition Of Marijuana!

Red State Update: Legalize Drugs, Save Mexico

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Jackie and Dunlap’s solution to the Mexican drug wars. Well, Dunlap’s, at least.

Let Your Jackie Flag Fly
Join The RSU Community @
http://www.redstateupdate.com

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Ron Paul: It’s Time To End Prohibition Of Marijuana!

America’s Dehumanizing Prisons by Sherwood Ross

Barack Obama drops ‘war on drugs’ rhetoric for needle exchanges

US military to help Mexican drug war

Justice Department will stop medical marijuana raids, Attorney General says + Massive drug sweep nets 750 arrests

Justice Department will stop medical marijuana raids, Attorney General says + Massive drug sweep nets 750 arrests

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by John Byrne and David Edwards
The Raw Story
Thursday February 26, 2009

In a little-noticed remark Wednesday, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries established under state laws but technically prohibited by the federal government.

The decision marks a shift from the Bush Administration, which was more draconian in its approach to hunting those who sought to dispense marijuana for medical purposes.

Numerous states have decriminalized marijuana in recent years, and new fiscal pressures are turning more states toward being more lenient toward first-time drug offenders as the cost of keeping drug users in jail becomes untenable for state budgets.

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via The Raw Story | Justice Department will stop medical marijuana raids, Attorney General says

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Cardoso, Gaviria, Zedillo Urge Obama to Decriminalize Marijuana

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By Joshua Goodman
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg)

Former presidents of Brazil, Mexico and Colombia said the U.S.-led war on drugs has failed and urged President Barack Obama to consider new policies, including decriminalizing marijuana, and to treat drug use as a public health problem.

The recommendations by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, along with Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia, were made in a report today by the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy.

Among the group’s proposals ahead of a special United Nations ministerial meeting in Vienna to evaluate global drug policy is a call to decriminalize the possession of cannabis for personal use.

“We need to break the taboo that’s blocking an honest debate,” Cardoso said at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro to present the report. “Numerous scientific studies show that the damage caused by marijuana is similar to that of alcohol or tobacco.”

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via Bloomberg.com: Latin America.

h/t: ICH

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http://www.ssdp.org/briefthechief (sign a letter to the new Drug Czar)

Mosaic News – 1/29/09: World News From The Middle East

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Headlines coming soon. Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Elections in Iraq

Gaza farmers devastated by war

Israel-Palestine-Gaza-Occupation

Obama’s marijuana prohibition acid test by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

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by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
January 14, 2009

The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade.

Marijuana prohibition is a core cause of many of the nation’s economic problems. It now costs the U.S. tens of billions per year to track, arrest, try, defend and imprison marijuana consumers who pose little, if any, harm to society. The social toll soars even higher when we account for social violence, lost work, ruined careers and damaged families. In 2007, 775,137 people were arrested in the U.S. for mere possession of this ancient crop, according to the FBI’s uniform crime report.

Like the Prohibition on alcohol that plagued the nation from 1920 to 1933, marijuana prohibition (which essentially began in 1937) feeds organized crime and a socially useless prison-industrial complex that includes judges, lawyers, police, guards, prison contractors, and more.

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via The Free Press — Independent News Media – Hemp Legalization.

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Joint effort – legalising marijuana

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RussiaToday

Legalising marijuana will save America at least $US 14 billion a year, says the only full-time marijuana lobbyist on Capitol Hill, Aaron Houston, from The Marijuana Policy Project.

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Oldest marijuana stash found in China

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Press TV
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 18:24:57 GMT

Researchers have discovered the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb near the desert city of Turpan in northwestern China.

According to a research paper published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, the 2,700-year-old cannabis cache was ‘cultivated for psychoactive purposes’.

The dried cannabis was buried with a 45-year-old, light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, who seems to be a shaman of the Gushi culture, The Canadian Press reported.

The dry weather and alkaline soil have preserved the stash, which despite having lost its distinctive odor, still looks green. The cache was found in a leather basket in a wooden bowl, giving rise to the assumption that it was intended for the shaman to use in the afterlife.

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via Press TV – Oldest marijuana stash found in China

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Industrial capitalism is a given and the natural world is secondary (Interview with Derrick Jensen)

Crossposted at Thomas Paine’s Corner thanks, Jason.

Melissa Gragg and Jason Miller interview Derrick Jensen
11/8/08

“Top priorities may not be any of those five. It may be continuing to stabilize the financial system. We don’t know yet what’s going to happen in January. And none of this can be accomplished if we continue to see a potential meltdown in the banking system or the financial system. So that’s priority number one, making sure that the plumbing works in our capitalist system.” —President-Elect Barack Obama

Ironically, it is the plumbing of that capitalist system that we are using as we flush the future of life on Earth down the toilet.

We can “elect” a charismatic, intelligent man from a brutally oppressed minority to be our president to purge our collective guilt, mouth “feel good” platitudes, celebrate the triumph of “democracy,” and delude ourselves into believing we are preparing to warp back to a fictitious golden era when America was a benevolent guardian of humanity and the Earth, but that doesn’t change the fact that industrial capitalism is rendering this planet uninhabitable.

And just two days after the “election,” we learned that our newly minted “savior,” for whom we were desperate after eight years of “anomalous” malevolence under the Bush administration, is making the viability of our violent, irrational, unstable, exploitative, unjust, and unsustainable socioeconomic paradigm “priority number one.”

Obama has sold his soul to capitalism, a way of being premised on greed, selfishness, materialism, alienation, and infinite growth—a recipe for ecocide.

Perhaps the best “change” for which we can “hope” is that more people will awaken and fall into a despair that spurs them to do something about the rapidly deteriorating state of our environment, frighteningly large increases in the number of extinct species, rising scarcity of potable water, ecological overshoot, and a host of other symptoms of the terminal disease Obama blithely calls the “capitalist system.”

Let’s glean some insight from Derrick Jensen, an anarcho-primitivist, author, lecturer, philosopher, and tireless fighter for a beleaguered, dying planet. Here is a back and forth he had with radical activist, Melissa Gragg, and Cyrano’s Journal Online’s associate editor, Jason Miller, on 4/15/08:

Melissa: Okay, let’s start off with you kind of, I’ve seen a couple interviews, and I guess you have to answer some of the same questions over and over.

Derrick: [laughter]

Melissa: But do you want to explain to people who haven’t read your writing why you think civilization needs to be brought down?

Derrick: Well it’s killing the planet. Ninety percent of the large fish in the oceans are gone. There’s six to ten times as much phytoplankton in the oceans as—I’m sorry, six to ten times as much plastic as there is phytoplankton, and that’s the equivalent of, in temperate forests, of there being Styrofoam ninety feet thick through all the forests, and . . .

Jason: Wow, that’s a pretty horrifying metaphor.

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Deep Events and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection by Peter Dale Scott

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by Peter Dale Scott
Global Research, September 19, 2008
– 2008-09-06

The text published below does not include text and endnote numerals. To consult Peter Dale Scott’s article entitled Deep Events and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection, with numbered references and endnotes in word document format click here

Introduction

Recently I published two articles pointing to suggestive similarities between the recurring deep events in recent American history – those events which, because of their intelligence aspects, are ignored, misrepresented, or covered up in the American media. The first article pointed to overall similarities in many deep events since World War II. The second pointed to surprising points of comparison in the two deep events which were followed shortly by major U.S. wars: the John F. Kennedy assassination and 9/11. In the background of all these events, I suggested, was recurring evidence of the milieu “combining intelligence officials with elements from the drug-trafficking underworld.”

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