Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A bit of a surprise, but then maybe not...


NEW YORK — The savage drug war in Mexico. Crumbling state budgets. Weariness with current drug policy. The election of a president who said, "Yes — I inhaled."
These developments and others are kindling unprecedented optimism among the many Americans who want to see marijuana legalized.
"For the most part, what we've seen over the past 20 years has been incremental," said Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief now active with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. "What we've seen in the past six months is an explosion of activity, fresh thinking, bold statements and penetrating questions."
"We're opposed to legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. We think it's the wrong message to send our youth," said Russell Laine, police chief in Algonquin, Ill., and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The International Association of the Chiefs of Police. That name will ring a bell for many of you, I'm sure. One would have thought the Joyce Foundation would only fund organizations who advocate what are seen by those on the left as "progressive" solutions, and of course drug legalization is favored by many leftists. So it would seem that the IACP is really just a gang of authoritarian assholes. Being as it's composed of nothing but political hacks I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I was surprised to see the LEAP member quoted was a former police chief, but I'd bet you he actually remembers his days among the rank-and-file officers who see the folly of the War On Some Drugs every day.
I did find it interesting that someone like Dennis Kucinich would acknowledge that the War On Some Drugs hasn't worked, considering he more or less wants to do the same thing with guns. Would that some intrepid reporter asked Kucinich why he thinks a War On Guns would be any different than the War On Drugs that he's acknowledged as a massive failure.