White House To End Controversial Ad Campaign

White House To End Controversial Ad Campaign
Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2003 at 13:27:22 PT
Cato Daily Dispatch for April 2, 2003
Source: Cato Institute 
According to the Washington Post, "The White House office in charge of combating illegal drug use plans to end a controversial ad campaign linking drug purchases to terrorism, a spokesman said yesterday. "The move comes as the office seeks renewed congressional authorization for its media activities and prepares to revamp the way it tracks the effectiveness of its anti-drug messages."
While the White House renews its efforts to expand the war on drugs, it ignores decades of evidence that show the futility and failure of the federal experiment with drug prohibition. When the White House asks Congress to continue its anti-drug program, Congress should just say no and not reauthorize it. The Cato Institute's Handbook for the 108th Congress contains a concise chapter detailing the failure of the war on drugs, and contains recommendations Congress can follow to end an anti-drug policy that has harmed more people than it has helped.Handbook for the 108th Congress : the Handbook: "Ours is a federal republic. The federal government has only the powers granted to it in the Constitution. And the United States has a tradition of individual liberty, vigorous civil society, and limited government. Identification of a problem does not mean that the government ought to undertake to solve it, and the fact that a problem occurs in more than one state does not mean that it is a proper subject for federal policy."Students of American history will someday ponder the question of how today's elected officials could readily admit to the mistaken policy of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s but recklessly pursue a policy of drug prohibition. Indeed, the only historical lesson that recent presidents and Congresses seem to have drawn from Prohibition is that government should not try to outlaw the sale of booze. One of the broader lessons that they should have learned is this: prohibition laws should be judged according to their real-world effects, not their promised benefits. If the 108th Congress will subject the federal drug laws to that standard, it will recognize that the drug war is not the answer to problems associated with drug use."Congress should repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, shut down the Drug Enforcement Administration, and let the states set their own policies with regard to currently illegal drugs. They would do well to treat marijuana, cocaine, and heroin the way most states now treat alcohol: It should be legal for stores to sell such drugs to adults. Drug sales to children, like alcohol sales to children, should remain illegal. Driving under the influence of drugs should be illegal."Source: Cato Institute (DC)Published: April 2, 2003Copyright: 2003 Cato InstituteContact: mchapman cato.orgWebsite: Articles:Drug Office to End Ads Linking Drugs, Terror House To End Drugs & Terror Ads
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Comment #7 posted by Virgil on April 04, 2003 at 13:29:06 PT
This was link to pot-tv for 4/4
This is a big story.The Cato Institute is as conservative as you can get as can easily be seen by visiting their homepage at Today, pot-tv had five articles linked from and two of them come to Cnews. The other link to Cnews goes to the Ed Rosenthall story at
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 02, 2003 at 22:21:23 PT
I'm still watching and Renee is speaking now. She is soft spoken and I had to turn up the volume a little but the others sounded fine for me.
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on April 02, 2003 at 22:03:45 PT:
You're welcome. Let me know how the sound is for you. I had trouble hearing some of it even with headphones. Great show though. Glad you liked it.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 02, 2003 at 21:48:13 PT
This is so cool! I'm listening and watching Matt Elrod talk now. I've talked to him on the phone and seen his picture but this is great! Thanks! Matt has been such a big help. When CNews breaks he fixes it. I know how good he is and really appreciate him. He's like a lifeline for me and CNews.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on April 02, 2003 at 21:33:28 PT:
I'm Speechless.
Check out on Pot-TV: Hempology 101's 2003 St. Phattie's Day Celebration in B.C., Canada [ ] with speakers: Randy Caine, Matt Elrod, David Malmo-Levine [20:46 - 37:02], Renee Boje, and Ted Smith. It's all good, but David Malmo-Levine is a don't miss!ego destruction or ego transcendence, that is the question.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on April 02, 2003 at 18:01:59 PT
You Gotta' Read This!
These ads were never meant to be effective. They were merely meant to make the government look anti-drug. A government that deals in drugs doesn't really want it's citizens to stop using them! Below is an article by Mike Rupperet from October of 2000...before the shrub even got appointed. You gotta' read this! It is amazing what has happened since!!!The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire:
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Comment #1 posted by Virgil on April 02, 2003 at 14:37:20 PT
I read some of the article
I only read the later pages and I must say it is refreshing to hear some sincerity in thrying to solve the problem. It challenges prohibition on constitutional grounds, which is where the discussion needs to start with any analysis of prohibition. It has called for the dismantling of the DEA, a thought I have represented here as an honest course of action. It has some plain talk and that is all that is required. Prohibition is a failure in any sensible person's reasoning, and people's tolerance for it needs to be set to zero and outrage fpr the lies, bullshit, obfuscation, and corruption needs to be set on maximum. Adjusts your settings and let's end the failure we call prohibition.I heard store radio at Food Lion where the radio station ended its news with the jingoism of "We have fair and balanced reporting." The current misadministration and its media have exposed themselves gloriously with their propaganda. Propaganda was not used that much in articles on the Internet even a month or so ago. I sure have read it a lot in the last two weeks though. Now that people see their thoughts are but something to be herded like sheep, it relieves the reformers of convincing the populus that the media is indeed in bed with the politicians who are in bed with their corporate/plutocratic sponsors. What a three-way that bed is, capable of screwing the public and the constitution and the public treasury all at the same time.I want to mention a strange situation. The guy I have called Catawba before started dating someone he used to date 15 yers ago. Her husband was going down the steps after one of the ice storms this winter. His rottweiler knocked him down on the steps and he broke an ankle or something that led to an operation, that led to a stroke, that led to his death. The guy absolutely did not do cocaine, but the death certificate listed his cause od death as cocaine overdose. The whole system is corrupt and here is an excellent example of how things are being manipulated.
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