The Failed War on Drugs Combined Edition for January-February

25 Links to stories about Corrupt Cops, Reforms, Botched Drug Raids, News, This Week in Drug History and More

The USA’s Second Longest Running “War”–After the “War on Poverty” 

Corrupt Cops, This Week in Drug History, Reforms, News, More!

Our January-February Special Edition of the “Failed War on Drugs” is a special combo edition that covers all that we’ve received in the last two months.

It takes a look at all aspects of the second longest-running war in U.S. history. Only the “War on Poverty” is older.

1 It’s Safer to Be a Cop Than a Farmer

Police deaths in the line of duty were up last year, and so was the number of cops killed by gunfire. But only handful died. enforcing the drug laws, and policing remains safer than a good number of other professions.

2 This Week’s Corrupt Cops

The Detroit drug squad is under investigation, a Pennsylvania police chief is accused of stealing money from drug busts, and a Wisconsin prison has a problem with pill-stealing guards.

3 Seeing Someone Smoke a Joint Outside is not Grounds for Police to Enter Home

The California Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled last Friday that police cannot enter a home without a search warrant just because they see someone smoking marijuana inside. Police may enter a home to preserve evidence of a crime, the court held, but only if the crime is punishable by jail or prison. The ruling came in People v. Hua.

4 Vermont Looks into De-Criminalization; Wants to Crack Down on “Hard” Drugs

The Vermont legislature will this year take up a bill to decriminalize the personal possession, growing of two plants, and small-scale sales of marijuana. At the same time, the legislature will consider a proposal to lower the threshold for what constitutes “trafficking amounts” for hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Both proposals will be discussed at public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 23.

5 After 30 Years, Nebraska Legislator Wants to Re-Criminalize Pot

For three decades, marijuana possession has been decriminalized in Nebraska, but now a state legislator has filed a bill, LB844, that would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. Currently, the maximum penalty for possession of less than one ounce is a $100 fine.

6 The Poppies Blossum in Iraq
British journalist Patrick Cockburn, writing in The Independent reports that opium poppy cultivation is rapidly spreading across Iraq. While Cockburn reported in May that poppies had appeared near Diwaniyah in southern Iraq, he now reports that poppies are growing in restive Diyala province, where Al Qaeda in Iraq is making what could be a last stand.

7 This Week in Drug History: January 4, 2008
Events and quotes of note from this week’s drug policy events of years past.

8 This Week in Drug History: January 11, 2008
Events and quotes of note from this week’s drug policy events of years past.

9 This Week in Drug History January 18, 2008
Events and quotes of note from this week’s drug policy events of years past.

Read the other 16 other links to stories:

The Failed War on Drugs: Combined January-February Edition 


The Failed War on Drugs: Combined January-February Edition

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at All DBKP  stories  are filed under Mondoreb at BNN.  This story is by Hummmbert.

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