Thursday, June 2, 2011

Report: Global War On Drugs Has Failed

No surprise here, any liberty-minded person could have told you that.

All you need to know is that over half of the prison population in the US is incarcerated due to drug related offenses. What's more, the War on Drugs is big business and creates a financial windfall for the prison–industrial complex along with trial lawyers and law enforcement, among others. State and federal agencies are also more than happy to line up at the trough for their piece of the pie.

Furthermore, like the War on Terror, it gives Leviathan the excuse it needs to strip away our rights and expand the powers of the police state.

With this in mind, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a high-level international commission comprised of an array of former heads of state and other luminaries, has issued a report detailing the failures of the War on Drugs, particularly when it comes to cannabis, and calls a new approach through the "experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs".

REPORT OF THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY
The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.

Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. Apparent victories in eliminating one source or trafficking organization are negated almost instantly by the emergence of other sources and traffickers. Repressive efforts directed at consumers impede public health measures to reduce HIV/AIDS, overdose fatalities and other harmful consequences of drug use. Government expenditures on futile supply reduction strategies and incarceration displace more cost-effective and evidence-based investments in demand and harm reduction.

Our principles and recommendations can be summarized as follows:

End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others. Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence.

Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens. This recommendation applies especially to cannabis, but we also encourage other experiments in decriminalization and legal regulation that can accomplish these objectives and provide models for others.
The report goes on to to show just how much of a failure the drug war has been and comes to the conclusion that prohibition has led to too many unintended consequences including the escalation of violence by law enforcement and the growth of a "huge criminal black market".

But don't hold your breath waiting for the LSM to report on this because they to are beneficiaries of the drug war and the primary source of propaganda for the state.

What this report shows is that the tide of war is shifting in our favor. Public opinion already shows that the majority of Americans believe that the drug war has failed. We also have brave politicians, such as GOP Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson, who are at the forefront of the movement to end prohibition.

Chinks in the armor of the drug warriors are starting to appear and if we continue to press the issue we will be victorious. And we must prevail; our liberty and freedoms are at stake.

Cross posted at the Left Coast Rebel

1 comment:

  1. The paradigm has shifted, I think a lot of conservatives -- especially tea partiers -- are in favor of reevaluating the "War on Drugs" and the costs associated with it (both in freedom and dollars).

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