Let The Debate Begin… Decriminalization Vs. War On Drugs… Round 1 FIGHT!

Posted: June 2, 2011 in News, Opinion
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The War On Drugs has been the most expensive and longest running war of all time.  It has lead to one of the highest death tolls, maybe the highest death toll of all time (if you consider over doses and other drug related deaths). It has cost the USA tax payers more than the war in Iraq and Afghanistan combined and has seen no positive effects.  All statistics point to the fact that each year more drugs make it into out country than the years before and more people use them.  In My opinion it is about time we look at alternative options to solve the drug problem.

Below is an excerpt from the article….[Global leaders call for a major shift to decriminalize drugs]

A slew of big-name former politicians are endorsing a report that says the war on drugs is not working and that drug enforcement policy needs to fundamentally change. The Global Commission on Drug Policy will urge a “paradigm shift” that emphasizes public health over criminalization tomorrow at a meeting in New York City,The Guardian reports.

Those backing the report include former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former Fed Chair Paul Volcker. Former elected leaders of Greece, Brazil and Colombia have also signed on. See the full list of backers here.

“What we have here is the greatest collection thus far of ex-presidents and prime ministers calling very clearly for decriminalization and experiments with legal regulation,” Danny Kushlick, spokesman for the drug policy center Transform, told the Guardian. “It will be a watershed moment.”

But, faced with the list of “formers” backing the new recommendation, The Lookout couldn’t help but wonder: Where are all the current office-holders who think the drug war has been a failure?

Comments
  1. Opus the Poet says:

    A great deal of the dangers of illegal recreational pharmaceuticals is due not to the drugs themselves but to the distribution and manufacturing, both of which could be done in a safe manner if the substances were legal. We have learned from alcohol that prohibition results in organized crime and adulterated of fraudulent products, and that legalization results in safe products and tax revenue to the state. The trick in that is balancing the ratio of tax to the cost of the substance so as to not encourage a black market. If you really want to keep people off drugs, make them legal and taxed and spend the revenues on a propaganda campaign against drugs.

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