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US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure'
    #3896298 - 03/10/05 03:09 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure'
March 12, 2005
New Scientist

THE US War on Drugs that is run from Washington DC is a "tragic failure" and should be wrested away from the feds and devolved to state level. So says an influential coalition of lawyers, doctors and church leaders in Washington state that is pressing for radical changes in drug policy.

Last week one of the coalition's members, the Seattle-based King County Bar Association, published a 146-page report recommending that the state should control production and distribution of psychoactive drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin. It has long argued that drug problems should be seen primarily as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice problem - and hence a matter for state rather than federal government.

The association is hoping that Washington state will pass a law to establish a commission on the problem. Around a dozen other states are working on similar proposals.

Despite spending more than $45 billion over the past 25 years and increasing the numbers of people imprisoned for drug offences more than tenfold, the federal strategy has failed to curb drug use, the coalition says. Drugs are cheaper and easier to get than ever, it adds.


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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: veggie]
    #3899737 - 03/10/05 09:42 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Awesome! Now we can have locally repressive drug policy, instead of on a national scale!! OH HAPPY DAY!!


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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: DNKYD]
    #3899773 - 03/10/05 09:48 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: SWEDEN]
    #3900601 - 03/11/05 01:06 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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so people are so dumb  :shrug:


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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: SWEDEN]
    #3900994 - 03/11/05 02:57 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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So if I called the police and asked them to find the ten litres of liquid LSD my gf stole from me, i could go to jail?


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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: veggie]
    #3901395 - 03/11/05 09:14 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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veggie said:
US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure'
March 12, 2005
New Scientist

It has long argued that drug problems should be seen primarily as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice problem - and hence a matter for state rather than federal government.




Wouldn't this be a step in the right direction? In California, for example, there are State laws that allow for the cultivation, possession and use of small amounts medical marijuana. These laws are routinely superseded by federal laws that make medical marijuana a crime. If these things were a matter for states to decide, in places like California the Federal Government would have a more difficult time filling their privately-run, for-profit prisons (built on speculation) with otherwise law abiding citizens.

Correct me if I'm wrong here.


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Re: US War on Drugs a 'tragic failure' [Re: veggie]
    #3903709 - 03/11/05 05:22 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I :heart: Washington!


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