ESR spotlight on drug issues

Recent articles about drug issues that have run in Enter Stage Right

Protection or pain treatment: Choosing between your gun and medical marijuana: Regardless of marijuana's status as a medical treatment in a growing number of states, writes Sam Jacobs, it's still illegal under federal law and using medical marijuana may endanger your Second Amendment rights

One hundred years of legislation, control and taxes: The Volstead Act, The Harrison Tax Act, and the politics surrounding chemical substances: The "war on drugs", which continues unabated even if you haven't heard any news about it lately, has done nothing except criminalise personal use chemical substances, stoke racism and promote government, argues Charlotte B. Cerminaro

Pot addicts OK, legitimate chronic pain sufferers in need of opioids not: Rachel Alexander is no fan of laws which are loosening access to marijuana while at the same are limiting how much opoid-based medicine people in chronic pain are allowed

No one serves jail time for smoking pot: Pot activists love to bemoan the fact that people are being sent to jail for smoking pot. Former prosecutor Rachel Alexander says that fact is actually a big load of fiction

A thoughtful look at the marijuana legalization trend: The United States may be becoming more "420" friendly by the day but Rachel Alexander argues that legalizing marijuana is still a venture fraught with problems

California: The gateway drug state: Paul A. Ibbetson argues that Proposition 19 proves that California's push for medical marijuana was always about making the drug more acceptable

The UN's hopeless war against Afghan opium: Howard Richman, Raymond Richman and Jesse Richman argue that the U.N.'s war against Afghan opium has actually contributed to its resurgence

What international war on drugs?: Ben-Peter Terpstra can't buy the argument from libertarians (and some conservatives) that drugs should be legal and from everyone else that we're fighting a war against them

Battling the war on drugs: The war on drugs has been such a failure that even some police officers want to end it. Lady Liberty profiles and interviews one of them, Sheriff Bill Masters

Decriminalization not the answer to marijuana issue: Michael Cust says the recent announcement by Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon that he's thinking about decriminalizing marijuana is the wrong approach

Yes, we're at war ... against sick Americans: Although everyone is focused on the war in Afghanistan, Vin Suprynowicz points out that the war against medical marijuana continues unabated

Liberal psychologists in the Brave New World: Jack J. Woehr takes on his former babysitter, Dr. Alan Leshner, and what his recent article means in the war against drugs

The drug war evaluated: J. Bradley Jansen believes that there are so many wrongs in the war on drugs that it is time to reconsider our approach

Monday I join the Republicans: Fed up with hypocrisy on the drug war, life-long Democrat Jack J. Woehr says he's joining the Republicans. Their leadership may not be much better than that of the Democrats, but in Colorado there isn't that much choice

Drug war very effective -- at bloating police, prison 'industries': If the drug war is good at one thing, writes Vin Suprynowicz, it's job creation

It's time to legalize drugs: New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson makes his case that the war on drugs has been lost and it's time to reassess the situation in this excerpt from After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century

Convicting property: Canada imports a lot of things from the United States. One thing it didn't need, says Steve Martinovich, is proposed legislation allowing the seizure of civil assets suspected of being used in organized crime or the drug trade

The failed drug war and the real significance of 'Dune': You might be tempted to think Vin Suprynowicz was on drugs because of his defence of the 1984 theatrical version of Dune, but he does relate it to the failed war on drugs

A purely cosmetic measure: Vin Suprynowicz doesn't think too much of "order out" zones designed to clean areas of prostitutes and drugs




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