Basing a tax on a fictitious price means no one will ever know the correct tax. Taxpayers will spend time and money trying to beat the system, and government will spend time and money in self-defense.
Annan and Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs.
The drug policy reform movement descended upon Denver last week for the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
Adderall is a clever brand and a deceptive brand. In America, amphetamine has traditionally been associated with tweakers, speed freaks, bikers, truckers and all-night sex orgies. Adderall changed all that.
If we were to legalize drugs like cocaine, heroin, and yes even meth, we would destroy criminal monopolies that lead to crime, and ultimately curb a lot of violence in America. If the drugs were regulated then many deaths would be prevented, as well as a massive reduction in crime as it does abroad.
Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration's recent announcements about marijuana and mandatory minimums really mean? People will ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
Brown rejected the national 'smart on crime' trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing SB649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs as a felony or a misdemeanor.
Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? Who are the people who make up the drug policy reform movement? What can be done about the violence in Mexico from the drug trade? How should society deal with heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs?
With even drug war ally Mexico challenging the drug war, the gauntlet is thrown. The first to pick it up will have to be the U.S. government, but that seems unlikely to happen.
Thanks to our failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, we know that it's impossible to keep people away from intoxicants, legal or otherwise. The difference is in how we treat those who favor certain substances over others.
Operating as an above-ground source for a variety of drugs, ranging from marijuana to heroin and virtually everything in between, Silk Road created a safe environment, free of weapons and violence during the transaction, where people could acquire drugs.
While the U.S., Uruguay, and certain European states have taken recent strides in reforming marijuana policy, New Zealand focused on newer, less-known substances.
Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.
It's not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you've ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart's recent work, High Price,...
It's remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers. Over the last 40 years Congress has rarely held hearings on the DEA, its actions, or its efficacy. I hope this is a wake-up call for members of Congress.
The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.