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Just Let the Market Work

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, War on Drugs.
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Nearing the end of World War II, Keynesian-minded economists freaked out. The wage and price controls put in place to bolster the war effort were soon coming to an end. Paul Samuelson, the economist who unleashed the crazed thinking of

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The Economics of the MMPR

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, War on Drugs.
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A court-ruled injunction means medical marijuana patients and growers can still operate under the old MMAR laws. Even though as of April 1st, the new MMPR laws have taken effect, meaning that medical marijuana can only be obtained through the

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How the Drug War Failed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Now that sufficient time has passed since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it is time to assess if there is anything positive that we can learn from this tragic and horrific event. Some questions may never

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Some Thoughts on the Latest Medical Marijuana Mayhem

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, War on Drugs.
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We can all sleep safe and sound tonight knowing that Health Canada and the RCMP are working to ensure “public safety.” In two weeks, 37,000 licensed marijuana growers will effectively become criminals when the new medical marijuana law takes effect.

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The Economic Harm of Prohibition

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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According to the United Nations, cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is derived, is the most widely used, produced and trafficked drug. Governments across the globe have invested heavily in fighting drug production and consumption. Notwithstanding, even though the war

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Some Pros of MMPR

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, War on Drugs.

MMPR stands for Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. This is the so-called “free market” in medical marijuana delivery. On April 1st it will officially replace the MMAR (Marihuana Medical Access Regulations) by restricting the supply of marijuana growers to designated

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Alcohol Versus Pot Debate Asks the Wrong Question

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by posted in War on Drugs.
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In a recent interview in the New Yorker, President Barack Obama, whose proclivity for engaging in illegal drug use has been well-documented, went on record as saying that he thinks smoking marijuana is less harmful to the individual than drinking

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Decriminalize or Legalize?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, War on Drugs.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was on “The Sports Junkies” a US-based sports radio show. One of the topics that came up was marijuana legalization. A marijuana user himself, Ford questions why the Conservatives don’t at least try to draw a

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Drug Gangs and Private Law

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, War on Drugs.
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In a previous post, I responded to a claim (made by Gene Callahan in this instance, but it is quite common) that we can see “private law” in action by looking at the operation of real-world drug cartels. In the

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Where Are the Rothbardian Defense Agencies?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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For some time now, I have thought that a standard libertarian argument against Drug Prohibition ironically supported statism. In a recent blog post, Gene Callahan (author of an excellent introduction to Austrian economics) illustrated my point perfectly: Callahan pointed to

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The “Free Market” Medical Marijuana Industry

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Politics, War on Drugs.
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Government is the antithesis of a free market. Governments, by definition, use coercion to extract funds while the market relies on voluntary exchange. So while the necessity of the Harper Government’s medical marijuana policy may be debated, it is certainly

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Pot and Proper Living in Free Communities

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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The recent nullification of federal marijuana prohibition in Colorado is setting the groundwork for new social arrangements in an otherwise inconspicuous state. Last November, a ballot measure for legalization passed through the tumultuous process of citizen voting. Less than a

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A Few Modest Proposals To Rid our Inner Cities of Gang-Related Violence: The Libertarian Solution

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Gang violence is afflicting some of our major cities, Chicago chief amongst them. As I write, there are reports coming in regarding a shooting of 13 people at a basketball court in the Second City. Fortunately, no one was

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Online Black Market “Silk Road” Shut Down; FBI Connects Owner to the Mises Institute

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Lifestyle, Trade, War on Drugs.
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The online black market Silk Road, that served as a haven for those interested in purchasing illicit materials (along with perfectly legal goods like books and clothes), has been seized and shut down by the FBI, along with the arrest

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Uruguay Legalization a Model for Canadian Pot?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, Socialism, War on Drugs.
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I’m afraid so. Like I wrote in a previous post, legalizing marijuana gives the government more tax revenue and regulatory powers. This option should always be discouraged. But as more and more politicians jump on the pro-pot bandwagon, it’s likely

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Why Legalize Marijuana?

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Marijuana is the hot issue again. Legalize it or keep it criminalized, that is, in the black market? Personally, I like the black market idea. At least it remains untaxed and unregulated. Legalizing marijuana would increase the government’s revenue and

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Gupta Mea Culpa

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Dr. Sanjay Gupta has recently reversed his opposition to marijuana legalization and apologized for supporting marijuana prohibition. The brain surgeon and CNN medical correspondent obviously takes his own viewpoints very seriously and his mea culpa should be a big

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Sow it Everywhere

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by posted in Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Review of Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), vii + 519 pgs., hardcover. Although I don’t use marijuana for medical, recreational, or scientific purposes, I highly recommend this book to

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Just Another Marijuana Bust in Alberta

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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The other day a 34-year old man from Edmonton was busted for driving a van full of marijuana. The RCMP pulled him over on Highway 1 near Canmore; they found over 300 pounds of product. Now the man is out

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The RCMP’s Drug Problem

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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“There’s more cocaine than marijuana in Canmore,” my friend tells me. Another friend, in a different context tells me the same thing, “It’s easier here to get coke than weed.” Makes sense, I reason. Every month I read about the

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