is reporting that the Drug Enforcement Administration is ratcheting up its global war by focusing energy on Western African.
"In a significant expansion of the war on drugs, the United States has begun training an elite unit of counternarcotics police in Ghana and planning similar units in Nigeria and Kenya as part of an effort to combat the Latin American cartels that are increasingly using Africa to smuggle cocaine into Europe," the Times writes.
It was this context in which Stroup and Smith sat down to craft Carter's drug policy--and in which, a year later, Peter Bourne, Carter's top drug official, sat down to blow lines at a 1977 NORML Christmas party with Stroup, Hunter S.
Thompson, and an assistant to newspaper columnist Jack Anderson.
Stroup was a pro-pot lobbyist running the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.