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Old October 21st, 2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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America’s Top Cops Just Called the War on Drugs 'A Tremendous Failure'

"Tremendous" may be a little bit euphemistic.

Anyway, inch by inch....

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America’s Top Cops Just Called the War on Drugs 'A Tremendous Failure'

The top cops in America's four biggest cities said on Wednesday that the war on drugs has failed to keep America safe and that it's time to reform the country's criminal justice system, a view now officially shared by more than 125 other prosecutors, sheriffs, attorneys general, and law enforcement leaders from across the US.

The police chiefs of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston appeared together in Washington, DC to explain a new initiative called Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday afternoon. The chiefs and other law enforcement officials said their goals include reducing incarceration and protecting public safety.

"We share a common problem," said co-founder Ronald Serpas, a former New Orleans police superintendent. "The way our country is currently approaching criminal justice is not ensuring public safety but is making our jobs more difficult. Arresting low level offenders prevents us from arresting high level offenders."....

Brian Elderbroom, an expert on criminal justice reform at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, said the move signals that police and prosecutors are finally willing to make a concerted effort to end mass incarceration.

"What's really important here is the people on this list can actually do something about these problems," Elderbroom said. "Many of the signatories are sitting chiefs and prosecutors in a position to enact change. Police and prosecutors have really wide discretion on who to arrest, charge, and convict, so these changes can have a really big impact without any change to state or federal law."

...Wednesday's announcement could complement legislation that is currently pending in Congress that proposes reducing sentences for people who are already behind bars. Elderbroom noted that around 95 percent of criminal cases end in plea agreements, which makes the involvement of prosecutors in the new group especially important since they have an outsized impact on who goes to prison and for how long.

"We've handed prosecutors an inordinate amount of power," Elderbroom said. "So to see a list that includes not just prosecutors but sitting US Attorneys and District Attorneys is really exciting and has the potential to have a big impact."
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Hard drugs hurt and if it hurts don't do it. Pot is a soft drug that prevents glaucoma, gives a buzz and peace of mind. Whiskey is the milk of the devil.
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Finally. Now, can we legalize marijuana and fund treatment centers?
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Finally. Now, can we legalize marijuana and fund treatment centers?
It's a hope, yet the federal government still lists cannabis along with heroin as a Schedule 1 drug: a high potential for abuse, and no known medical use. Meth and cocaine are Schedule 2 drugs, "not as bad."

Schedule 2 drugs include hydrocodone and other opioids. Americans account for less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of opioids and 99 percent of the hydrocodone supply.

Since heroin is cheaper than expensive pharmaceuticals, people addicted increasingly turn to heroin, its use up almost 70 percent over the last eight years. Some of the biggest increases are among women, people with private insurance, and those with higher incomes.

The irony? Marijuana isn't leading people to heroin. Schedule 2 drugs are.
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"Tremendous" may be a little bit euphemistic.

Anyway, inch by inch....



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Well gee, is there anyone in this country too stupid to NOT know that already???
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It's a hope, yet the federal government still lists cannabis along with heroin as a Schedule 1 drug: a high potential for abuse, and no known medical use. Meth and cocaine are Schedule 2 drugs, "not as bad."

Schedule 2 drugs include hydrocodone and other opioids. Americans account for less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of opioids and 99 percent of the hydrocodone supply.

Since heroin is cheaper than expensive pharmaceuticals, people addicted increasingly turn to heroin, its use up almost 70 percent over the last eight years. Some of the biggest increases are among women, people with private insurance, and those with higher incomes.

The irony? Marijuana isn't leading people to heroin. Schedule 2 drugs are.
This has been a serious epidemic, with people going to heroine when they either can't get their prescription drugs anymore, or just can't afford them on the street. Crazy.

Yep, heroine isn't just for aspiring Grunge band guys anymore.......
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Some interesting and disturbing statistics on hard drug use in coal country here.

Obama promotes anti-heroin strategy in coal country - BBC News
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Well gee, is there anyone in this country too stupid to NOT know that already???
Plenty of 'em.
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Plenty of 'em.
Seriously?
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