ATPR: The following article, titled “Drug Legalization: Relaxing the rules against use of recreational drugs”, appeared in the April/May/June 2016 edition of the National Prohibitionist, the official newsletter of the Prohibition Party, America’s oldest continually existing third party since 1869. The full text of the article is below:
Legalization is often presented as a way to cut the cost of prisons, and it is an unfortunate fact that the “prison industry” has grown fat on the persecution of marijuana users.… Read more ...
Gary Johnson believes the tensions between police and minorities that led to two high-profile police shootings and the deaths of five Dallas police officers has a root cause: The long-running war on drugs.
The libertarian nominee for president did not directly tie the drug war to the shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana by police or the sniper killings of five officers in Texas this week.
Anthony Wile sat down with the Libertarian Party’s Vice-Presidential Candidate of 2012, retired Judge Jim Gray, and has provided this interview. It begins with a fairly thorough biographical piece, which the reader can find here .
They begin by talking about the War on Drugs:
Daily Bell: Thanks for taking time to talk with us today.… Read more ...
Perez bust demonstrates the folly of the “War on Drugs”
Friday, 06 September 2013 22:30 | | |
By John Fockler
LPO Deputy Communications Director
OHIO—Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez was found guilty of misdemeanor drug abuse in Rocky River Municipal Court on Tuesday, September 3. According to the Associated Press, Perez was fined $250, placed on probation for one year, and was ordered to speak to students about drugs.
The following appeared in the May 8, 2013 edition of the Liberator Online, the official publication of The Advocates for Self-Government. Ron Paul was the Libertarian Party candidate for president in 1988 and is a lifetime LP member.
In January 2008 Paul shocked Republican audiences during the presidential debates by declaring: “We need to repeal the whole War on Drugs.
It is a common misunderstanding that those who support the legalization of cannabis, if only for medical reasons, are a gaggle of pot smokers in the pejorative sense who do little to contribute to society as hard working Americans. Across all political and economic lines, the use of cannabis has been consistent and the number of Americans who support its legalization (or decriminalization) is on the rise.… Read more ...
The good news: there are hundreds of Libertarian candidates who are. We are working to keep them on the ballot (which involves fighting legal battles from both Republicans and Democrats), and promote them.
Third parties were the first electoral parties to push a number of then-fringe issues into the mainstream over the years in the United States. From the abolition of slavery and universal suffrage to social security and prohibition, third parties have pioneered many issues that became law or nearly so. This article at The Atlantic suggests that the Libertarian Party in 2012 might push the legalization of marijuana into the mainstream.… Read more ...
Former Speaker Proposed Death Penalty for Bringing 2 Ozs. Of Marijuana Into U.S.
January 23, 2012, New York, NY — Appearing on MSNBC Saturday, former New Mexico Governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson reminded viewers that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sponsored legislation (text below) in 1996 that would have imposed the death penalty for Americans caught bringing as little as 2 ounces of marijuana into the country.… Read more ...