Cocaine Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out of Bolivia
It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. Here's how:

Bolivia — After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able todrastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease.

It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.

“Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],” Antonino de Leo, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative in Bolivia, told VICENews.

“It’s not only about making money off a crop. In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach,” Leo added.

There are unfortunately still harsh laws against drug trafficking in Bolivia, but these have been active since the height of the drug war and have had no effect on the recent decline in production. Bolivian president, Evo Morales — a former coca farmer himself — has been less heavy handed since the DEA left the country, a move that allowed the government to develop alternatives for the struggling farmers instead.

The drug war is one of the most misunderstood subjects in mainstream political discourse, even among people who are sympathetic to the plight of responsible drug users. It is rare for someone to come out and say that all drugs should be legal, but in all honesty, this is the only logically consistent stance on the issue. To say that some drugs should be legal while others should not is still giving credence to the punishment paradigm and overlooking the external consequences of drug prohibition — or prohibition of any object, for that matter.

As I explained in an earlier article, there are many external factors that are affected by the drug war that many people don’t take into account. That is because when you carry out acts of violence, even in the form of punishment, you then create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the bounds of the original circumstance to affect many innocent people down the line. The list in my previous article delves into those external factors to illustrate how drug users and non-users alike would be a lot better off if prohibition ended immediately.

The list includes the following advantages of full legalization:

(1) Reduce violent crime

(2) Improve seller accountability and drug safety

(3) Reduce drug availability to children

(4) Reduce nonviolent prisoner population

(5) Real crime can be dealt with

(6) Encourage genuine treatment for addicts

(7) Prevent drug overdoses

(8) Protect individual rights


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anonymous asked:

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I have played it, Contradiction is great and should be played by people. Which people? I’d say everyone, but that couldn’t be true. There surely must be people who shouldn’t play it. People who don’t like fun, I’d guess. But if you want an entertaining FMV murder mystery game, Contradiction is what you want (even if it feels rushed as you get to the end).

anonymous asked:

It's weird that the Health and safety people were nice! I work with a lot of drugs and one that's particularly toxic to women and a woman got it spilt on her a few months ago and when she wanted to get a doctor to check on her, our health and safety guy was like "you're just being paranoid, get over it" even though he's always moaning about the top buttons of our labcoats being undone. (Just a note; the top button is so high that it chokes some people to have it tied)

I mean it’s just the two people who I’ve interacted with the most from EHS, and not the inspectors from the fire department who are annoying and care much more about specific compliance issues (we once got written up for storing small amounts of Ni-NTA gel in the fridge (where it goes) because it’s in 30% ethanol, which does not pose any sort of explosive risk but whatevs).

Also if a safety officers told someone who was worried about chemical exposure to just get over it, they are not a very good safety officer. You have one job.

Things That Have Been Said in My Human Disease and Pathology Class Thus Far

a“Ow, my uterus!”

“I’ve been in your liquor store, dude.”

Let’s raid your family’s liquor store!

“….So, in turn, if you DO get into hardcore drugs, use a sterile needle.”

“I’m not SAYING it’s cancer, but have you really looked into the possibility that it MIGHT be cancer?”

“We’re all going to die of drug-resistant gonorrhea.”

“There’s a really good reason that some people don’t buy meat from China.”

“Damn the British and their health studies.”

“Some dude threatened to pee on my lawn!”

“I can’t get anything out of my bag with this in here!” And then extracts a entire loaf of bread from backpack (I will add that this was me and people thought it was hilarious)

“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and – in spite of True Romance magazines – we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely – at least, not all the time – but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”
― Hunter S. Thompson