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September 6, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT: Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county.
Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle's work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the ...futility and waste of drug prohibition.
We'll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.
We'll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We'll ask Kyle that too!
As part of our regular format, we'll do our closing segment where we talk with John Seiler about the latest, hottest stories at CalWatchDog, your eyes on CA Government.
John Seiler tonight on Gadfly, wants to talk about AB 499 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. He has just published a report at CalWatchDog on this story. He writes that "In the bill’s language, it 'authorizes a minor, who is 12 years of age or older, to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.'
Current law allows such care only with a parent’s permission. AB 499 passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown.
AB 499 commonly is called the “Gardasil Bill” because the major drug to be administered to 12-year-old girls — without their parents’ consent — is Gardasil, manufactured by Merck. According to Merck’s Gardasil Web site: GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV...."
Merk Bankrolled Anti parent Bill
California Neighbor Mexico Spirals Into Anarchy
by John Seiler
Drug cartels are tightening their grip in Acapulco, where civilian communities attempt to resist
by John Glaser,
August 31, 2011
Portugal's Ten Year Old Drug Policy Program that has legalized drugs with measurably better results realized in terms of lower usage, crime and government spending for rehabilitation, education, and intervention.
Drug DECRIMINALIZATION IN PORTUGAL - Cato Institute
Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?
Scientific American reports much more favorably here: 5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes
By Brian Vastag | April 7, 2009
Mixed Results For Portugal's Great Drug Experiment NPR straddles the fence and is on overdrive to remain "fair" and "balanced." if you’re not going to argue for the civil liberties of those who commit crimes of sin, such as enjoying a joint for the same reasons one enjoys a beer or a glass of wine, or if really out for an adventure, the same as smoking enough pot to feel like one has had one or two martinis. Pot can be as mild as beer and wine, or as potent as martinis or screw drivers, without the long lasting toxicity and hangover effects from the alcohol poisoning. That said, I thought it was interesting report.
Ann Coulter debates with John Stossel about the War on Drugs in this 9 minute video on YouTube. I brought it up last night to illustrate the hard set prejudice influential conservatives hold against a Drug Policy that respects individual choices and liberties, and uses resources to support addicts of any drugs they abuse, to free themselves of their addiction and to turn their lives around.
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