Monday, August 01, 2005

War on Drugs

This Rollingstone article investigates Bush's War on Pot and concludes what any sensible person should - that it's stupid. They sum the situation up well:
"In March, the archconservative American Enterprise Institute published a report -- titled "Are We Losing the War on Drugs?" -- that concluded "criminal punishment of marijuana use does not appear to be justified." Scores of states and cities, whose jails and courts are bursting at the seams with people serving lengthy sentences for minor drug offenses, are rejecting harsh sentencing laws backed by the White House. And most schools and employers are deciding not to test students and workers for drugs, despite a national testing push by John Walters, the tough-talking drug warrior who became America's "drug czar" in 2001."
They also note that "in June, the anti-pot crusade got a boost from the Supreme Court, which ruled that federal authorities can crack down on medical marijuana, even in states where it has been legalized."
It's a pity they didn't mention the dissent of the conservatives (recently departed O'Connor and Scalia, and Thomas). I agree with David Farrar, that the approach of originalism by Scalia/Thomas is objective in the sense of providing a clear fixed meaning of the consititution thus preventing judicial activism (i.e. a reinterpretation of the consitution to support growth in state power). This old post by David is also worth a read.
It is largely conservatives who opposed the Supreme Courts decision to favour federal rights over states rights. Its leftists who brought Americans the New Deal, and today, still oppose clear limitations on government power. Even OpinionJournal (a republican mouthpiece) opposed the decision.

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