When I am President, we will continue the Andean Counter-Drug Program, and update it to meet evolving challenges. [...]
Mexican drug cartels are terrorizing cities and towns. President Calderon was right to say that enough is enough. We must support Mexico’s effort to crack down. [...]
And we’ll tie our support to clear benchmarks for drug seizures, corruption prosecutions, crime reduction, and kingpins busted. [...]
We need tougher border security, and a renewed focus on busting up gangs and traffickers crossing our border. [...]
And we’ll crack down on the demand for drugs in our own communities, and restore funding for drug task forces and the COPS program.
These are the same tired old policies that don’t work, Barack.
It’s time for an end to the War on Drugs mentality. For all the victims it creates, it does not reduce drug abuse, but increases the attendant harms. We should instead seek to reduce harm with our public policy.
The Libertarian party has nominated Bob Barr for president.
He is completely unqualified for the office, and should not be elected. Nevertheless, I hope he will be invited to participate in debates with Barack Obama and John McCain. I am presuming the Democratic nomination, at this point, but I will allow that there exists some minuscule probability that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, in which case sharing a stage with one of the chief impeachment prosecutors of Bill Clinton seems unlikely.
But for the record I’d like to see the Green nominee included in debates as well.
Apparently people are having complicated and heated discussions regarding how much marijuana a medical marijuana patient should be allowed to possess.
I find it difficult to get very interested in that debate, although I understand that it’s important for the patients.
Here’s what I do think, however.
- Law enforcement does not have a dog in this race. The patient can have a valid opinion. So can the doctor. But not the cop.
- It seems to me that the amount that a patient is allowed to have should be at least the amount that the patient needs. Since that varies for each patient, there should be no set limit.
- If you really have to set a limit, then I’d decide it based on safety and place it just under the amount that would cause a fatal overdose*. That way, you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt.
Best wishes for Ted Kennedy and his family.
And, lo, it was waste and void;
Larisa Alexandrovna writes a letter.
In response to recent questions from The Chronicle about medical marijuana, Obama’s campaign – the only one of the three contenders to reply – endorsed a hands-off federal policy.
“Voters and legislators in the states – from California to Nevada to Maine – have decided to provide their residents suffering from chronic diseases and serious illnesses like AIDS and cancer with medical marijuana to relieve their pain and suffering,” said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.
“Obama supports the rights of states and local governments to make this choice – though he believes medical marijuana should be subject to (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regulation like other drugs,” LaBolt said. He said the FDA should consider how marijuana is regulated under federal law, while leaving states free to chart their own course
LaBolt also said Obama would end U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana suppliers in states with their own laws.
Seriously. This is a good offer, if I had any authority to make one. You can really help America straighten out its health care system if you’d want to be on the team, and you can certainly help us build up the Democratic nominee in West Virginia and Kentucky rather than tearing him down.
Update: never mind.