Friday, November 6, 2009

Indians, a drug epidemic and Rep Richardson on the war on drugs

So.. the bad news for Cape Wind is that the States preservation officer, Brona Simon, has ruled that Nantucket sound is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. This move, out of no where, will not prevent Cape Wind from building out there as of yet, but will further delay this green energy project for a year or longer. I certainly respect the rights of all Indians, especially sacred grounds, but after all these years of of obstructionists maneuvers, one might think this latest ploy is a last ditch effort to stop Cape Wind.

From the Globe, we find that the commission on OxyContin and Heroin has declared an epidemic. Their summation was that we are losing more men and women in Mass in drug related deaths than we are losing in the Iraq/Afghanistan War. The panel of hypocrites have made 20 recommendations: Strengthen the existing prescription monitoring program. (Who are the kidding here, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, pharmacies and insurance companies are making billions of of this one drug. Limit criminal sanctions against abusers who seek medical help through a "good Samaritan law" that does not punish anyone who helps someone get medical treatment. Increase support of three "recovery high schools", in Boston, Springfield and Beverly. Invest in substance abuse programs that keep people out of jail. What the commission failed to address is responsibility of parents and doctors. The kids get their drugs from home and most doctors have no problem with giving large quantities of pain killers to anyone who has a sniffle.

And who would have guessed, Representative Richardson is hosting a forum on the failure of the drug war, sponsored by New England Association of Drug Court Professionals at the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library, on Nov 16th, 7 to 9PM. With speakers Sheriff James V. DiPaola Middlesex County Sheriff, Attorney David White Chair, MA Bar Association's Drug PolicyTask Force, Judge Robert Ziemian
founder of Massachusett's first drug court, Moderated by: Roberta Leis
Join Together, A project of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. I have to wonder why this forum is coming to Framingham and what point is being made. Anyone with a brain who has lived in this country for the last 20 years, knows very well, the drug war has never done anything more to reduce drug use or crime and has filled our prisons with tax evaders and has costs tax payers billions. This is a must see meeting for anyone who cares about the future of drug policy.