As announced a week ago,
DRCNet now has a blog, "Prohibition and the Media," a daily critique of
selected mainstream news articles. Starting this issue, Drug War Chronicle
will each week reprint one or two of our favorite entries from the previous
week's blogging. We will also let you know about other interesting developments
or resources of relevance to the prohibition/legalization debate. We hope
you'll visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/blog/
each day to hear the half of the story that the media didn't tell, for
types of news stories that Drug War Chronicle hasn't focused on before,
to send letters to the editor, and to join and follow the discussion.
Our favorite this week was
yesterday's entry, "Meth Lab Explodes in Apartment Building":
lab story, this one from the Seattle area: A low-income apartment building
in Arlington was evacuated after a methamphetamine lab in one of the units
exploded, the Seattle
Times reported Wednesday. Authorities believe that much of the building
may be contaminated by the chemicals.
Other Prohibition and the Media
blog entries this week included Pete Doherty and the Trail of Destruction
on BBC, Violence in Colombia, Edmonton (Canada), Philadelphia, Utah,
Making Sure Drugs Kill, Meth Lab Problems -- Historical Context,
Drives Addicted Connecticut Couple to Crime, Loveable Murphy,
Meth Lab Problems -- Upstate New York & Humboldt County, California,
Arkansas Arrests, Back Home In Indiana, Philly Crack Cocaine
Bust and ABC and the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Big Cocaine Bust.
We need to get serious
about stopping illegal meth labs, but trying to search them out and close
them down that way doesn't qualify -- all that does is move the problem
from place to place. In another recent story about highway interdiction
(that I may comment on in a future post), it was even noted that meth labs
often are located inside vehicles. Restricting sales of Sudafed won't do
it either, as WBRZ
News 2 "The Advocate" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reported on in Mississippi.
The only way to get serious
about closing down illegal meth labs is to put them out of business by
replacing them with legal, regulated producers. Let's do this already --
we just can't have explosions, especially explosions involving dangerous
chemicals. We can regulate legalization, but we can't regulate or control
the large number of illegal, underground laboratories that move from place
Seattle Times letter
to the editor info is online here, at the bottom right of the page.
The Advocate News accepts
letters to the editor online too.
Also of interest, a review
by Cato Institute fellow Doug Bandow, a former special assistant to president
Reagan, of two books that are critical of drug prohibition and make the
case for legalization, "Bad Trip: How the War on Drugs Is Destroying America"
by Joel Miller and "Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition" by
Jeffrey Miron. Visit http://www.fff.org/comment/com0412f.asp
to check it out.
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