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It’s time to end the failed war on drugs


Just as prohibition of alcohol failed in the United States in the 1920s, the war on drugs has failed globally. Over the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion has been spent fighting this battle, and all we have to show for it is increased drug use, overflowing jails, billions of pounds and dollars of taxpayers’ money wasted, and thriving crime syndicates. It is time for a new approach.

Too many of our leaders worldwide are ignoring policy reforms that could rapidly reduce violence and organised crime, cut down on theft, improve public health and reduce the use of illicit drugs. They are failing to act because the reforms that are needed centre on decriminalising drug use and treating it as a health problem. They are scared to take a stand that might seem “soft”.

But exploring ways to decriminalise drugs is anything but soft. It would free up crime-fighting resources to go after violent organised crime, and get more people the help they need to get off drugs. It’s time to get tough on misguided policies and end the war on drugs.


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Comment by David Jackson
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How about the wasted lives of agents and cops who put it on the line and were sold out? (It's likely to be a long time before we see an end to this contrived "cash cow"!)

Seeing as how most of the sick, social engineering fools who "wrote the book" on the supposed drig war have died, after making what they perceived as "careers" out of a non-existent problem have since died, we should move on to the real problems that face our culture.

Not only would most of the so-called problem go away, we'd save untold billions on phony enforcement and other criminal justice expeditures...Prisons!




Comment by valentine m smith
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The "war on drugs" is really a war on the constitution. The constitution says "insure domestic tranquility" the war on drugs cause an increase in the murder rate (80% in the 1920s) and it corrupts law enforcement. (Remember the untouchables?)