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Diverging US, EU drug strategies in Afghanistan

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
Spero News (TX)
URL: 
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=8832

Peru Prez Orders Bombing Drug Labs

Location: 
Lima
Peru
Publication/Source: 
Prensa Latina (Cuba)
URL: 
http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7BA751397D-E40F-4968-A3F5-A21D112E48D1%7D)&language=EN

Opium for the people: Extraordinary move to legalise poppy crops

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
The Independent (UK)
URL: 
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2411398.ece

Afghan drug post created

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Washington Times
URL: 
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20070327-102126-1274r.htm

The Coveted ONDCP Hiking Award

Any police officer who's ever risked life and limb in the line of duty should be enraged. The Drug Czar is giving out awards to officers who hike around California forests pulling up marijuana plants. From The Willits News in Mendocino:
The Mendocino National Forest Law Enforcement team has received a national Director's Award from the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy for its outstanding service to the nation in combating marijuana trafficking on the national forest last year.


"More marijuana was taken by this team than any other group within the Forest Service in 2006," the citation from Director Walters reads. "In honor and appreciation to the individuals whose outstanding accomplishments greatly enhanced the results of the National Marijuana Eradication Initiative your remarkable efforts have helped protect America from crime, drugs and violence," the award continues.

That's simply not true. I don't recall hearing about a marijuana shortage last autumn. There's no evidence that this activity has prevented anyone from using marijuana, just as there's no evidence that stopping people from using marijuana would be beneficial even if it were possible. What we've got here are a bunch of well-meaning, highly-trained public servants whose talents are being wasted on a glorified easter-egg hunt. The only reason we don't send boyscouts to do this is that they can't be trusted.

Now to be fair, the task does involve rappelling from helicopters, which can get a bit dicey. But that's not the danger that tends be emphasized here. More typically, we're told that grow sites are booby-trapped (which is actually to thwart thieves), and that 22-caliber rifles are commonly found (which are to shoot rodents and other pests). In short, the real heroes of the forest are fire-fighters, which we could have more of if we ended drug prohibition.

Still, while I vehemently deny that there's any significant danger associated with marijuana eradication in national forests, I am prepared to acknowledge that there's a certain amount of skill involved in actually locating the plants. I've spent a considerable amount of time hiking myself, and despite my best efforts, I've never discovered a massive secret marijuana garden.

Location: 
United States

Colombia changes tactics in war against drugs, guerrillas

Location: 
Bogota
Colombia
Publication/Source: 
The Telegraph (GA)
URL: 
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/world/16975013.htm

Faulty Anti Drug Results in Peru

Location: 
Lima
Peru
Publication/Source: 
Prensa Latina (Cuba)
URL: 
http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B1D05C048-655B-46B6-AB59-0022B20C3C66%7D)&language=EN

Reuters Summit-US puts off decision on Bolivia's drugs work

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Publication/Source: 
Reuters AlertNet
URL: 
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21320382.htm

27kg of opium in a kitchen - just another day in the Afghan war on drugs

Location: 
Kabul
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
URL: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,2039236,00.html

Cocaine, violence persist in Colombia

Location: 
Soacha
Colombia
Publication/Source: 
Sun-Sentinel (FL)
URL: 
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/caribbean/sfl-hcolcocainemar20,0,4583305.story?coll=sfla-news-caribbean

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