informationliberation
The news you're not supposed to know...




An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
(more)
Article posted Feb 29 2012, 3:33 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Drug Policy Alliance Print

Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Draconian Drug War Legislation in U.S.

Legislation Would Criminalize New Drugs like Spice/K2 and "Bath Salts," Impede Scientific Research, and Subject More Americans to Mandatory Minimum Sentences

WASHINGYON, DC—Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is blocking legislation from proceeding in the Senate that would escalate the failed war on drugs, distract law enforcement from dealing with violent crimes, and subject more nonviolent Americans to long prison sentences at taxpayer expense. The legislation, which would criminalize dozens of synthetic drugs, has been criticized by scientists for impeding scientific research and blasted by criminal justice reform groups for perpetuating over-incarceration and racial disparities in drug law enforcement.

Despite rising deficits and overwhelming evidence that the war on drugs has failed, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are working to bring this legislation to the Senate floor.

"Senator Rand Paul is standing up to both political parties and doing what it takes to protect Kentucky taxpayers from the career politicians in Washington who want to waste more money on failed drug policies," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "He should be applauded for opposing government waste and supporting public safety. The failed war on drugs costs too much and achieves too little; it is time for a new approach."

When the legislation criminalizing synthetic drugs made its way through the U.S. House of Representatives late last year, numerous members of both parties raised strong objections. The legislation passed but nearly 100 members of Congress voted against it, including 16 Republicans.

Opponents cited many reasons:
  • the legislation circumvents the established process for scheduling controlled substances that requires scientific review;
  • it hampers research into possible break-through medicines;
  • it is duplicative of state laws and interferes with state discretion;
  • it wastes federal law enforcement resources and taxpayer money on low-level offenders that can be better dealt with at the local or state level;
  • and instead of focusing on prevention, education and treatment the legislation subjects more young people to a criminal record and lengthy sentences served in federal prison facilities.
This week, the Drug Policy Alliance joined the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP and several other organizations on a letter to members of the Senate urging them to oppose this legislation. DPA and others are urging Congress to not just reject the synthetic drug legislation but also overhaul U.S. drug policy. They point out that last year marked the 40th Anniversary of President Nixon declaring a war on drugs, and despite the government arresting tens of millions of nonviolent Americans and spending more than a trillion dollars, drugs are cheap, potent, and readily available in every community. Outlawing synthetic drugs would only further waste taxpayer money and distract law enforcement from real crime, they say, while empowering organized crime who would take over the market and profit from it. They argue that a better approach might be to tax and regulate the drugs to keep them away from young people and focus on treatment instead of incarceration.

"Outright criminalization would only drive the demand for these drugs to the criminal market, which provides no age restrictions or other regulatory controls," said Grant Smith, federal policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. "Product labeling requirements, as well as marketing, branding and retail display restrictions, are proven to reduce youth access to tobacco products and impulse tobacco purchases among adults. This approach is working for tobacco, and could work for synthetic drugs."





Latest Tyranny/Police State
- Judge Says Raid On Twitter User Perfectly Fine Because Officers Can Enforce Non-Existent Laws Provided They Have 'Probable Cause'
- Innocent Grandmother Shot During Violent DEA Drug Raid in New Hampshire
- Former Cop, Infamous for Killing a Family's Dog, Has Epiphany About the Broken Police System
- Is that a Drill Sergeant or a Police Officer? Belligerent Cop Loses it On Man for Knowing His Rights
- Baltimore Cop Suspended after Video Showing him Punching Man Proves he Lied in Report
- Judge Beverly J. Woodard
- "We Have Been a Paramilitary Organization": How the Police Talk When They Think We're Not Listening
- Withheld Evidence Will Cost Los Angeles Cops









Comments Add Comment Page 1 of 1
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 04 2012, 5:42 PM

Link
64134 ron and rand paul are the only logical people period!! pay attention ass hats!!


Add Comment
Name
Comment

* No HTML


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below
 


PLEASE NOTE
Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy



Advanced Search
Username:

Password:

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Register

Judge Says Raid On Twitter User Perfectly Fine Because Officers Can Enforce Non-Existent Laws Provided They Have 'Probable Cause' - 09/22Is that a Drill Sergeant or a Police Officer? Belligerent Cop Loses it On Man for Knowing His Rights - 09/22Former Cop, Infamous for Killing a Family's Dog, Has Epiphany About the Broken Police System - 09/22Elizabeth Warren Says US Has "No Future" If Free-Market Embraced - 09/22Baltimore Cop Suspended after Video Showing him Punching Man Proves he Lied in Report - 09/22Innocent Grandmother Shot During Violent DEA Drug Raid in New Hampshire - 09/22Judge Beverly J. Woodard - 09/22"We Have Been a Paramilitary Organization": How the Police Talk When They Think We're Not Listening - 09/21

Rialto, CA Police Made to Wear Cameras, Use of Force Drops by Over Two-ThirdsCop Who Karate Chopped NY Judge In Throat Gets Off Scot-FreeFlorida Cop Smashes Compliant Woman's Face Into Car -- "Maybe Now You Can Understand Simple Instructions"VIDEO: Lapel Cam Reveals A Day In The Life Of A U.S. Police Officer (Tasing, Beating, Breaking & Entering, Stomping On Heads... and Laughing About It)Caught On Tape: Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Files Report Claiming 'Self Defense'Insult Person On Twitter, Go To JailSWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadCop Karate Chops NY Judge In The Throat
(more)

 
Top