Posts Tagged ‘drug war’

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(Theft of property without due process should be considered a crime.)

DPA:

Eric Holder just issued a huge blow to the drug war. This is big.

Today the Justice Department barred local and state police from using a federal program to seize a person’s property without evidence of a crime.

That might sound odd, since you would assume that it was already illegal in America for police to take your property without due process – but you would be wrong. Originally pushed in the 1980s as a way to combat illegal drugs, civil asset forfeiture has become common throughout the country.

Today people all over America who are simply suspected of drug law violations can have their assets seized without any ability to defend themselves in a court of law. Even if they are never convicted, or even charged with a crime they can have their property, bank accounts, cars, and assets taken from them forever. If this doesn’t enrage you, I don’t know what will. 

Civil asset forfeiture is another ugly aspect of the drug war, and here at the Drug Policy Alliance we are making it a top issue in 2015.

If you stand with us tweet out your support now to end unjust civil asset forfeiture for good!

Today’s actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

Sincerely,

Bill Piper
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

Legalization, hypocrisy, racist policy and a psychotic society…

Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs

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Finally, something I voted for actually won.

You just made history. Voters passed Proposition 47 and California is now the first state to end felony sentencing for simple drug possession.

YOU made this incredible victory possible. Thank you for helping us cross the finish line!

California’s new law will change sentencing from felonies to misdemeanors for six low-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft. This will reduce the number of people spending time in prison who don’t need to be there for any reason of justice or public safety. It goes into effect immediately, at 12:01 am on November 5.

Passage of Proposition 47 is a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs. It has the potential to drastically reduce the number of people in state prisons and county jails and it will dedicate the savings — likely more than $1 billion over five years — to schools, victim services, and mental health and drug addiction treatment. The impact of Prop. 47 in California on wasteful corrections spending and individual lives will be profound and surely resonate across the country.

DPA’s lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, backed this initiative with assistance on the drafting, as well as financial and other support for the campaign.

You should feel proud of your role in this victory. Proposition 47 is a significant step forward for California that could boost efforts in other states to follow our lead. And we’re looking forward to 2016, when there will be even more drug policy reform measures on the ballot in California and across the country.

Our victory is a shift from punitive drug war policies in favor of humane alternatives. We’re excited to work with you to achieve even more. Congratulations, and thank you for making this win possible!

Sincerely,

Lynne Lyman
State Director, California
Drug Policy Alliance

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Should the Victims of the War on Drugs Receive Reparations?

One area in which the Green Party platform differs radically from that of the Democrats is the war on drugs. So Substance.com spoke with both candidates to get their take on issues like mass incarceration, the racial disparities of drug-law enforcement, the legalization of heroin and other drugs—and what could happen after that.

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10 Shocking Reasons to End the Drug War
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Oregonian arrested for filming SWAT raid (VIDEO)

Oregon man arrested for filming stormtrooper raid.

“Quit resisting us.”

Fuck you. Filming the militarized stormtroopers is now called “interference,” a bogus charge that has no correlation to reality.

 

 

The police state we’ve been telling you about is here. Go back to tapping about nothing.

 

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The beautiful and tenacious Amber Lyon investigates the healing power and history of MDMA, psilocybin, LSD and others.