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Pro-legalization cops slam drug war recalibration, say Obama ‘just talking about it’

• RawStory

The White House announced Tuesday a new strategy for the decades-old War on Drugs, saying it plans to place emphasis on treatment and prevention and urging sharp reductions to drug abuse rates nation-wide.

The plan's rosy language, however, doesn't quite mesh with the reality of the drug war's budget allotment: a fact that did not go unnoticed by activist group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which chastised the administration as "just talking about" a truly changed strategy over actually moving ahead with one.

President Obama's plan calls for a 15 percent reduction in the rate of drug use by youths and chronic drug users as well as in drug induced deaths by 2015.

It aims to cut drug use by young adults, and the incidence of drugged driving, by 10 percent, according to a summary of the strategy released by the White House.

Obama said it make the drug war take a more balanced approach to the persistent, unsolved social and medical problem of addiction that the United States has dealt with through law enforcement and incarceration -- a policy that has affected American minority groups much more severely than whites.


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