A Little History Included with Liquor Policy Reporting in SoCalHermosa Beach, CA, has a long history of controlling alcohol sales. Here's the the first of a two part video series and some links to further information.
Could the "War on Drugs" be getting closer to ending?Here is the UK Guardian article suggesting just such a possibility.
The Effects of Privatization of Alcohol Control Systems
A report prepared by The Alcohol Research Group (ARG), updated from the previous version by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), which analyzes some of the dimensions of alcohol control and privatization and summarizes the research on the impact of privatization on alcohol consumption and problems is available by snail-mail for free here at the NABCA website publications page.
The Winds of ABC Reform in North Carolina
An Alcohol Beverage Control State since 1937, North Carolina bumps up against the privatization movement described here in the Greensboro News & Record.
The Politics of Narcotic Drugs: A Survey (book)
The Politics of Narcotic Drugs: A Survey, Edited by Julia Buxton, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for International Cooperation and Security in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK, will be released Feb 8, 2010. The publisher, Routledge describes the book as a guide to the "issue of narcotic drugs and the impact of their prohibition on our countries and communities."
Drug Czar Skips Policy Conference and Inspects Columbia WOD
U.S. Drug Czar Gene Kerlikowske skipped a drug policy conference hosted by University of El Paso last week and has been located in Columbia on a tour inspecting the fruits of U.S. spending on eradicating cocaine.
Privacy Dwindles with SCRAM Sentencing
Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) sentencing is saving the Justice System lots of money, but Big Brother issues remain. Here is a link to the Washington Post article.
UNODC Afghanistan Opium Survey Executive Summary 2009
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (and Terrorism) has just released this report containing much information in map and graphic form. It is a 9meg .pdf document downloadable from this website.
In One Day 447 Arrested for Alcohol Related Violent Crimes in Greater Manchester
BBC News Reports 3000 officials were used in Operation Admiral arresting 529 people last week, some on new and some on old warrants. Here is the link.
"Counterproductive" Afghan Drug Eradication by U.S. Ended
After many years, the unsuccessful program spending $18,000 per acre of U.S. taxpayer's money to eradicate poppies in Afghanistan has ended. See the article here.