Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-08C: War on some drugs

By Nathan Barton

I’ve been addressing a number of “war on some drugs” issues here recently, and here are a couple more.  “Doing drugs” is incredibly stupid, but failing to investigate natural, G0d-given drugs and herbs that can cure disease, and creating situations in which more people die, ranks far worse in stupidity.

Parents move to Colorado for “miracle” cannabis for children, while  in Spain, ten young men had a marijuana-laced cake and went into a coma.  And in the Oglala Lakota Nation, they are considering legalizing cannabis after going “wet” (ending alcohol prohibition).  These are all related to a discussion several of us have had regarding how marijuana is effective medically: specifically, that smoking it is NOT necessarily the best way to take advantage of the healing properties of cannabinoids, in part because it (and heating it, in general) converts some very useful ones into THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient, and which in turn limits the safe dosage, especially for infants and children.  It is this that probably happened in Spain; just as it is very easy to overdose and feel really bad after eating too many MJ brownies (I am told).  It appears that one of the best methods of using it, and which may work for this family’s children, is to juice it.  However, that requires a lot more plants than states like CO and WA are allowing to be grown for private use, which assumes people are smoking it even for medical conditions.  Meanwhile, the Oglala (well, a few of them) have been trying to get hemp again made legal, and several more are looking at both medical and economic benefits of the stuff.  The fly in the ointment, as usual, is government.  Even the research to find out how much baked into a cake or brownie is illegal, much less owning enough plants at one time to juice and drink.

Norway is testing nasal spray antidote to heroin overdose according to Raw Story.  Norway is a very wealthy country but has the worst overdose rate in western Europe, so this would be an immediate value.  I suspect that one reason for the high overdose rate is the very poor quality control that is a result of a product being illegal.  There is no way to establish standards, or to have insurance against substandard (or for that matter, overstrength) dispensing.  As a result, government helps kill its own citizens.  Of course, no doubt if this Naloxone is made legal, it will still be a controlled substance and so EMTs may not even be able to carry it, much less have it available over-the-counter for emergencies.

Mama’s Note: Noloxone, in several forms, has been available for a long time. I carried it in my nursing bag for many years. As with so many other things, it is not a cure all, no matter how available it might become. Most drug related deaths involve more than one drug or substance. The combination of alcohol, barbiturates and other non-narcotic drugs is very common, along with multiple systems failure caused by previous substance abuse, poor diet and lifestyle choices over time. Noloxone is only effective for opioid narcotics, and will have no effect on anything else. Idiots who take large amounts of drugs “recreationally,” do so without much knowledge or interest in the chemistry involved. If they are told this product will reverse their “high,” they will be very unlikely to want anything to do with it, let alone learn to use it appropriately. Even full legalization/ decriminalization won’t solve that problem.

Remington sends New York State a message with their Alabama announcement to invest $110 million in a manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama.  Of course, Huntsville is also a big government-contractor town, so it is also an indication that Remington wants more FedGov sales.  Even so, I agree that it is a clear signal to the idiots in charge of NYS that it (like many people) is voting with its feet, leaving its home State of New York, and putting down roots in a political climate that values the 2nd Amendment more.

The WaPo claims that Congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks by backing “acceptable” proposals and shelving “big-ticket legislation” apparently to concentrate on this year’s elections and possibly to recover from the sting of Uncle Joe declaring them a non-party.  All of us do better with a do-nothing Congress, provided that the stupid laws that they already passed are not being enforced or are being ignored (which isn’t really happening).

Stupidity or insanity?  The WaPo says that the White House is pushing an $800B stimulus as a key to ending the recession, because, after all, the first four or five (and five or so trillion bucks) didn’t really work, because Bush made such a mess of things.  So with a new and fresh face at the helm of the Fed, this time they are SURE – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that the financial system can make it over that huge breakwater of rocks and out into clear, deep ocean – withOUT sinking like a stone.  We can’t really say this is throwing good money after bad, because it is ALL bad money and the best we can hope for is that the inflation will not be as bad as we fear it will be.  Actually, I vote for a combination of insanity and stupidity. Double-doses of each, in fact.  with a LOT of greed thrown in.

Danish government decides that animal rights have priority over religious freedom and that is just too bad for Jews and Muslims.  As with so many other nations (including the United States), Denmark is now anti-religion.  It never was neutral, of course, the Lutheran Church has been the state church for centuries, and before that the Roman Catholic Church, with various types of paganism still farther back.  Now, the ruling class (no longer the nobility or the figurehead monarch, but rather the scumbag politicos) is humanist or atheist or – more and more – environist, and humans are just another species of animals, no more valuable than any other warm-blooded creature.  Almost 70 years after their liberation from National Socialism, they are enslaving themselves to a close relative of that evil doctrine.

Police in Oakland, CA, flee “sideshow” in city streets with one dead, lawlessness rampant and apparently nothing will be done about it, as the criminals were shown full-face on television news.  This is being interpreted (rightly, I think) as being both a breakdown of society AND a failure of the militarized police forces to do anything productive.  Oakland, especially East Oakland, has been a human cesspool for decades, worse than San Francisco itself back in the 1970s and 1980s.  But this sort of outright lawlessness would have most likely resulted in calling in the National Guard to back up police and sheriff’s officers, instead of being ignored.  As the TV report alludes to, this “sideshow” type behavior has even extended to interstate highways in San Francisco itself.  ANYone living within 200-250 miles of the inner Bay Megalopolis (San Fran-Oakland-San Jose and their inner ring of suburbs) may face this sort of thing sooner or later.  This one left (apparently) just one dead: but it would take little to jack that number up to a dozen or three or five dozen.

Mama’s Note: Or many thousands… just as soon as the checks stop coming and the “money” won’t buy anything at all. And that will be true in every major city and population center across the country. At least for a little while.

About TPOL-Nathan

Nathan Barton is a christian, self-governor (free-market anarchist), husband, father, professional engineer, Engineer army officer, private businessman, and writer, teacher, and preacher. He works and lives mostly in four western states, and is Southern by heritage and Westerner by birth, upbringing, and choice.
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2 Responses to Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-08C: War on some drugs

  1. Ed says:

    Naloxone/Narcan has already been demonstrate to work effectively when administered by police and fire personnel acting as First Responders in the Boston metro area:

    http://www.patriotledger.com/x1281958680/Naloxone-credited-with-220-overdose-reversals-in-Quincy-Weymouth

    • MamaLiberty says:

      Sure thing, Ed. I carried it myself all the years I was a hospice nurse. The thing is that it is not a cure all, and it does not begin to address the real problems.

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