Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.

legalizeheroin:

image via balloonbedandbreakfast.com

The balloon effect, ladies and gentlemen, beautifully illustrated:

Tennessee for years has struggled with two main categories of drugs: synthetic opiate painkillers, such as OxyContin, and methamphetamine. Law enforcement and legislators have waged a continual battle against both, but drug dealers have kept apace and even evolved their methods.

Officials say anti-meth measures have drastically reduced the number of large-scale meth labs across the state and laws to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth — have made it more difficult to obtain materials. But drug dealers developed smaller-scale methods of cooking up meth and enlist multiple people to help circumvent limits on pseudoephedrine.

“What we saw last year a couple of times was they would just come here and stay at hotels and sometimes manufacture it there,” said Sgt. Gene Donegan, who supervises the Metro police narcotics unit.

Well that’s a bummer. But what of the battle against painkillers? Surely the police are having better luck on this front?

Donegan has watched as the street value of prescription drugs skyrocketed over the past few years. They once cost a few dollars a pill, but the current street value has risen to about $1 a milligram. And with many pills coming in 80 mg form, it has begun to price many addicts out of the market.

He said users have sought out a cheaper high. With heroin costing only about $160 a gram and providing a similar high to prescription opiates, it has become the go-to replacement.

Ah, well, perhaps Kentucky will have better luck.

Recent:
Kentucky Passes Bill Limiting Cold Medicine Purchases
Florida Oyxcodone Output Falls 97%, Dealers Migrate to Georgia

legalizeheroin:

Since 2000, US drug war contractors have sprayed millions of gallons of Monsanto’s Roundup over Colombian farmland in an attempt to eradicate the coca trade. The efforts have failed to dent cocaine production, but have, on the other hand, managed to cause “a high degree of DNA damage” in Ecuadorians exposed to the chemicals. Today though, South American farmers may have spotted a hopeful sign, coming from across the sea:

A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

In the first such case heard in court in France, the grain grower Paul Francois, 47, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004…

“It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning,” François Lafforgue, Francois’s lawyer, told Reuters.

In related news, a group of Bolivian coca farmers last week brandished whips to drive off a government eradication team. Local officials defended the action; the farmers haven’t been arrested.

Recent:
Coca Eradication Continues as Peru’s Drug Czar Resigns in Protest

Winners of Wasted Drug War Contracts Helped Defeat Accountability Bills

Here in the United States, we have created an entire culture based on stimulating ourselves through entertainment. Some cultures throughout history have valued honor, or piety, or moderation. We value enjoyment and personal pleasure. For this reason, neither a war on drugs nor legalization will work to keep drug use under control. We live in a society that, in its attempt to keep a high consumption economy humming, tells its citizens that pleasure and arousal are the most important goals in life. It cannot really come as a surprise, then, when many people are inexorably drawn to drug use.

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

A Medina County senior citizen is sentenced to jail time for cultivating marijuana that he says was medicinal for his wife with cancer.
Friday, 69-year-old Gary Burton was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 days house arrest and two years probation, with credit for time served.
Burton was arrested in January for cultivating marijuana in excess of 1,000 grams, which is a third degree felony.
“He was just trying to take care of me, the best way he knew how,” says a tearful Sherri Burton, Gary’s wife of 44 years.
 Sherri suffers from depression and anxiety, and was diagnosed with breast cancer that has now spread to her lymph nodes. Read more

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

A Medina County senior citizen is sentenced to jail time for cultivating marijuana that he says was medicinal for his wife with cancer.

Friday, 69-year-old Gary Burton was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 days house arrest and two years probation, with credit for time served.

Burton was arrested in January for cultivating marijuana in excess of 1,000 grams, which is a third degree felony.

“He was just trying to take care of me, the best way he knew how,” says a tearful Sherri Burton, Gary’s wife of 44 years.

 Sherri suffers from depression and anxiety, and was diagnosed with breast cancer that has now spread to her lymph nodes. Read more