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HeadCount Personal Liberty Issue Update: Lawyers, Guns and Money

What happens when you take a landmark Supreme Court case concerning Chicago’s ban on handgun ownership, then throw the 2nd Amendment and its meaning into the mix? This Personal Liberties Issue blast will cover that as well as new gay marriage laws, drug war violence and marijuana taxation and legalization. But first, we’d like to…

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US Health Costs Rise As Life Expectancy Drops

“Hey,” you may be asking yourself. “Where’s the United States on this National Geographic graph comparing health care spending per person and average life expectancy at birth?” See way up there in the upper left corner? That’s the US, spending $7,290 per person, each of whom lives about 78 years – less than just about…

Posted in Health Care Reform

Obama Budget Escalates War On (Some) Drugs, Slightly

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), President Obama’s 2011 National Drug Control Budget is requesting $15.5 billion “to reduce drug use and its consequences.” This represents an increase of $521.1 million, or 3.5%, over 2010. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition notes that the upcoming budget allocates in money in almost exactly the…

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Pseudo Pot Legalization Hurts Drug Cartels. But Is It Enough?

It’s an argument marijuana legalization advocates have been using for years: If marijuana were legalized and regulated in America, drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and gangs would be put out of business. But how much truth does that argument hold? The expansion of medical marijuana dispensaries and growers in California, Michigan, and Colorado could provide all the…

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Narcotourism And Decriminalization In The Americas

I haven’t found anything in the American press as incisive on the issue as this Guardian analysis of Mexico’s and Argentina’s decriminalization of recreational drugs for personal use in relation to our very own war on (some) drugs. it suggests that decriminalization’s consequences for both governments and nonusers may not be pretty in the short…

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Mexico Decriminalizes Drugs For Personal Use

In an effort to reduce police corruption and free up resources for police to take down drug kingpins and traffickers, Mexico has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of illegal recreational drugs. Is decriminalization enough to help put an end to the border violence and shut down the drug cartels?  I highly doubt it, and experts…

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Twelve Mexico Murders, Thirty-Four Drug Cartel Arrests

After he was elected president of Mexico in 2006, Felipe Calderon declared his own war on drugs, with an emphasis on battling drug cartels. There have been more than 10,000 drug-related killings since then, and the cartels don’t seem to be going anywhere. One of the more grisly recent events was the torture and murder…