The War on Drugs Has Failed?

by Vince

Gary Johnson would agree. The issue is who would be behind him? Conservative Christians certainly will not be. More:

The Global Commission on Drug Policy — a 19-member panel which includes former leaders of Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, as well as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and billionaire Sir Richard Branson — has released a report saying the so-called “war on drugs” has “failed.”

The report, which was promptly rejected by the US and Mexican governments as “misguided,” asserts that current anti-drug policies have led to the expansion of organized crime, cost millions of tax dollars, and are directly responsible for thousands of deaths.

From the report:

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 commission urges the decriminalization of drugs, and advises a shift to policies based on empirically proven methods. “We hope [the US] at least starts to think there are alternatives,” former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria is quoted as saying.

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