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American drug law / war on drugs
    #1170645 - 12/26/02 03:09 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

i got this info in an email from a friend, but I don't know how much of it is true. I think you'll find this interesting!

The Government Reform Committee of the US House of Representatives held a full
hearing on 12 December 2002. Called "America's Heroin Crisis, Colombian Heroin
and How We Can Improve Plan Colombia," it was, for the most part, the normal
funding-boosting blather about increasing death and destruction being caused by
more drugs, purer drugs, etc., etc.

Then something amazing happened. After an anonymous narcotics detective
finished giving his prepared statement, Republican Representative Dan
Burton--the head of the Committee--bemoaned the fact that the War on Drugs
isn't working, hasn't worked, and apparently never will work. He then puts
forth the idea that perhaps the situation can best be dealt with by taking
profits out of illicit drugs. He won't say "legalization," but it's obvious
that the only way to get the criminal element out of the drug trade is to make
the drug trade legal.

You can watch this pivotal moment in streaming video from C-SPAN.
Go one hour and 18 minutes into the file.
(But hurry--who knows how long it'll stay up.)

the full transcript can be found here:

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Re: American drug law / war on drugs [Re: stefan]
    #1172873 - 12/27/02 03:35 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

That's good news.



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