War On Drugs A Failure

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Cotton, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Cotton


    About time:


    A report by a global commission on drug policy declares flatly that the the global war on drugs has failed, despite harsh measures against traffickers and years of vast expenditures to stamp out narcotics trafficking and use.

    "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," says the Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in its opening statement. "Fifty years after the initiation of the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the U.S. government's war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed."

    Among the commission's recommedations:

    - End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others.

    - Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence.

    - Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens. This recommendation applies especially to cannabis, but we also encourage other experiments in decriminalization and legal regulation that can accomplish these objectives and provide models for others.

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  2. TGregg


    I wrote a paper about this 25 years ago and came to the conclusion (then) that this would never work.

    20 years later, we're still fighting. Think of how much money we've wasted. Drugs should be a source of funds for the government, not an endless hole where we dump tax dollars.

  3. No such thing. Its delusional to think that drug addicts operate in a vacuum. They are a menace to society, always will be.
  4. No offense man, but this isn't really news. Most people already know this... The only people who don't are in a religious sense of denial on the issue.

  5. This piece of news is like saying the sun rose this morning. The "War" is a failure much like prohibition was a failure. All its done is make the profits so great that thugs and gangs are willing to use violence to make their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  6. Cotton


  7. The "war on drugs" was lost before it started. The only members of society that benefit are the drug dealers -- they're laughing all the way to the bank.
  8. Crispy


    Assuming all users are addicts I would agree. But I know this not to be the case. Most users are casual ones. Hardcore addicts are the minority. The pigs, media and govt would prefer you believe otherwise because it suites their agenda.

    Addicts who steal or worse should be punished accordingly. However a user who gets wants to get high should not be lumped in with the criminal element. Just like a law abiding citizen that wants to drink a few beers.
  9. Using your logic so are Prescription Junkies.

    What right do you have to dictate how anyone chooses to live their life?
    So what if one indulges in herbal remedies, bath salts, cava, java, space cakes.
    Our F'n govt declared oxygen is a drug and can only be procured by prescription. Our govt has instituted laws outlawing certain sexual acts most everyone engages in... Why? What right do they have to dictate fornication policies?

    Why not spend time investigating why we provide 18B in farm subsidies to tobaco farmers.

  10. Crispy


    #10     Jun 2, 2011