War on Drugs has "failed"

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War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby A Common Enemy » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:20 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110602/ap_ ... war_report

NEW YORK – A high-level international panel slammed the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake experiments to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, to undermine the power of organized crime.

Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the report concludes that criminalization and repressive measures have failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.

"Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won," the report said.

At a news conference launching the report, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who chairs the commission, said ending the war on drugs does not imply complete liberalization.

"The fact is that the war on drugs is a failure," he said. "Being a failure is not saying that you have nothing to do with drugs. You have to act. The drug are infiltrating the local power in several parts of the world. Corruption is increasing and the consumption of drugs is also increasing."
Cardoso said the commission's goal is "to open a debate and to say: Stop the war on drugs and let's be more constructive in trying to reduce the consumption."

Instead of punishing drug users, the commission argues that governments should "end the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others."

The commission urged governments to experiment "with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens." It said this recommendation applies especially to marijuana.


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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby Wesr » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:32 am

Well crap, we could have told them it was failing 25 years ago. It'd failed within a few years of Nixon starting it.
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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby A Common Enemy » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:50 am

sephiroth wrote:Well crap, we could have told them it was failing 25 years ago. It'd failed within a few years of Nixon starting it.


While I'm happy that this might mean the legalization of Marijuana, it'd also mean the legalization of other drugs like Cocaine and Heroin. That may or may not be a good idea. As far as laws are concerned, I hope they treat this similar to alcohol.
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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby bobtheodd » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:02 pm

They'll never legalize everything. I can see them doing so with Marijuana, then they can regulate and tax it like cigarettes. Then focus the "War on Drugs" on the other stuff.
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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby Wesr » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:48 pm

Need to declare war on lawmakers emailing pics of their wangs to people :lol:
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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby A Common Enemy » Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:42 pm

sephiroth wrote:Need to declare war on lawmakers emailing pics of their wangs to people :lol:


The fact that his name is 'Weiner' just makes everything so much better! :lol:
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Re: War on Drugs has "failed"

Postby Wesr » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:05 pm

PUNISHMENT5411 wrote:
sephiroth wrote:Need to declare war on lawmakers emailing pics of their wangs to people :lol:


The fact that his name is 'Weiner' just makes everything so much better! :lol:


They should have seen this coming, I mean he is so far liberal i'm amazed he believes in marriage. John steward is still taking it too easy on him despite slicing his hand in a skit about the press conference.
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