War On Drugs

The Tyranny of the Well-Meaning

Jack Marshall has proclaimed yesterday “Remember What Drugs Cost Society Day” in honor of actor and comedian John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982. It’s worthwhile to remember the dead, and it’s important not to forget that recreational drug use can lead to tragedies. Had Jack left it at that, I wouldn’t […]

The Pope On Drugs

A few days ago, over at Crimlaw, Ken Lammers, whom I admire, had a few things to say about the idea of legalizing drugs. Ken starts by quoting Pope Francis, whom I admire somewhat less. (Hey, what can I say? I was raised a Lutheran, and the First Rule of Lutheran Club is the Catholics […]

Terrorism In America

Say, did you hear about the new Islamic terrorist cell? So far, they’ve killed a Christian pastor and they’ve set a baby on fire. And they’re operating right here in the United States! Actually, I lied. It wasn’t an Islamic terror cell, it was something called the Mountain Judicial Circuit Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team, […]

Drug Laws Are Not Victimless

Drug Laws Are Not Victimless

Last month at Hercules and the Umpire, federal judge Richard Kopf posted an explanation of why he believes that (at least at the federal level) drug crimes are not victimless. Matt Brown at Tempe Criminal Defense has raised some objections, as has Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice. Given that a federal judge and a couple […]

Preckwinkle Damns a Drug Warrior to Hell

I don’t know much about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, but as reported by Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick in the Chicago Tribune, here’s a sentiment that you won’t hear from too many politicians: CHAMPAIGN — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves “a special place in […]

When Cops Forget To Fight Crime

Sometimes the police seem to forget they’re suppost to be stopping crime. For example, if the police discover that someone has stolen your car, you’d expect them to try to catch the thief and return your car to you. That’s not what the DEA did when they discovered that someone was using Craig Patty’s truck […]

Another Drug Raid, Another Pointless Death

One of the themes I keep hitting over and over here at Windypundit is that SWAT raids for drug crimes are a bad idea. Of course, I think the whole War on Drugs is a bad idea, but fighting that war through an endless series of armed home invasions is a plan that will only […]

Preventing Auto Accidents the Way the DEA Prevents Drug Diversion

Over 40,000 Americans die every year in traffic accidents. This is a terrible tragedy. But I have a simple plan that will completely prevent all 40,000 of these deaths. The key to my plan is to note that these 40,000 accidents are a result of 40,000 careless people driving cars. So all we have to […]

Tea Party Ethos Up in Smoke

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced, as expected, that the Department of Justice will not let Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, stop them from waging the War on Drugs Which Are Less Harmful Than Alcohol and Nicotine in their never ending effort to fill up prisons across the nation. I expected that response from the Feds. […]

The War On Drugs Get Even More Ridiculous

Ladies and Gentlemen, our nation’s insane War On Drugs may have reached some sort of apotheosis with this story: Two Philadelphia police officers have been charged with criminal conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, theft, and other related charges, according to officials. Sean Alivera, 31, and Christopher Luciano, 23, allegedly robbed a supposed drug […]

Not As Honest As Fidel Castro

Jennifer Abel finds some people who could learn a thing or two about honesty from Fidel Castro: Ouch!

How To Do/Avoid Drug Interdiction

Hey Kids! Want to know how to smuggle large amounts of dope without getting caught? Police Lieutenant Andrew G. Hawkes will show you how. Of course, he’s selling his training materials to police officers only, so you’ll have to get past his security questions without breaking any laws, which may be tricky. Even so, there […]

A Mixed Drug Message?

My wife and I were in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend, and while we were stopping at a gas station mini-mart next to our hotel, I spotted this anti-drug poster in the window: The image is a little blurry because I took it with my phone, but the text reads, in part, “Trapped. Controlled. Alone. Also […]

Happy 4/20 But Keep It Away From Me

So, it’s 4/20, which is apparently some sort of big day for pot smokers. I don’t know why, but pot smokers have glommed onto the number 420 or 4:20 or 4/20 as somehow being tied to pot. I’m sure it makes sense if you’re stoned. Anyway, I think I’ve established my libertarian credentials well enough […]

The Failed War On Drugs

I don’t know anything else about Jim Gray, but this is about as good an explanation as I’ve ever seen of how the War on Drugs fails so badly:  

What Is Law That Thou Art Mindful?

When I was on a criminal jury a few years ago, the judge impressed on us how important our job was. He made sure we took it seriously. Which is one of the reasons this bullshit makes me so angry: The Minnesota Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, has now ruled that Bong Water (water […]

Obama Keeping His Medical Marijuana Promise?

This sounds like good news: Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration. It’s about damned time.

Remembering the Needless Dead

While honoring our nation’s fallen soldiers, I’m also going to take a moment to remember those who died in our longest and most senseless war.

Responding to Tom McKenna on the Frederick Verdict

Virginia prosecutor Tom McKenna and I never seem to agree on anything (except maybe guns) and my previous post in response to a police officer’s complaint about the verdict in the Ryan Frederick case is no exception: A blogging police officer complains of a manslaughter conviction for a dope dealer who killed a police officer […]

Sanity In the Phelps Fiasco?

Strangely, it appears sanity may prevail in the ridiculous investigation into Michael Phelps’ alleged pot smoking by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott: COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina sheriff said Monday he was not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe. […]