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U.N. told to find alternatives to war on drugs

Latin American Leaders: UN should promote debate on alternatives to fighting drug trafficking

Calderon, Santos, and Molina all hit on this theme, without explicitly mentioning legalization (“market alternatives” was used again), but making it clear that the current policy wasn’t acceptable.

If you’re interested in watching Calderon’s fairly strong speech, see it here (skip to around the 32 minute mark. [Thanks, Sanho]

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36 comments to U.N. told to find alternatives to war on drugs

  • Peter

    his words about the money flowing to drug cartels equally apply to the gangs in washington and at the UN

  • claygooding

    If they will only nullify the Single Treaty it will remove one of the remaining hidey-holes the ONDCP uses to justify continuing the war on drugs.

    When he can no longer claim treaty compliance it becomes solely a US policy and he loses his world-wide buying of support.

  • ezrydn

    Once again, an outgoing Mexican President finds his voice just prior to leaving office. Fox did the same thing. I expect nothing from the new, unknown President. He seems to be a marionette from PRI. And you know the strings are tied tight, too.

  • […] told to find alternatives to war on drugs U.N. told to find alternatives to war on drugs drugwarrant / Pete Guither / 9,27,2012 Latin American Leaders: UN should promote debate on […]

  • Francis

    An alternative to terrorizing and caging people for what they choose to put into their bodies? Gee, I don’t know. How about we just start with NOT doing that and go from there?

  • with our oncoming climatic woes, nations that don’t literally start turning their swords into plowshares will discover humans cannot eat bombs and bullets and survive.

    Long before scientists started sounding climate warnings, traditional indigenous elders were warning of changes to come. Those changes are now on the doorstep.

    Frivolities like the WO(s)D extract a greater cost than mere dollars… and their true expense has yet to be felt.

    Johnson – Gray in 2012!

  • claygooding

    I wonder if America will ever realize that the entire war on drugs was “staged” originally to keep hemp off the market?

    The spin-off industries it created now are contributing substantially keeping prohibition in place but it is still a huge dent in the established oil/energy based economy that was built during the past decades of banned hemp growth.

    There are people at Dupont and Wyerhauser(sp)(largest pulpwood lumber company) and not to mention the cotten industry that are pulling their hair out.

    • darkcycle

      Just read “Marijuana: Gateway to Health”. Trust me, nobody’s pooping their drawers over Marijuana legalization like Big Pharma.

    • War Vet

      Yep, and no one thinks of Henry Ford as a pot farmer or marijuana running your Semi truck instead of petrol. Just look at who Anslinger used to hang out with and who he married into (Mellons). The war on drugs only loses its hypocrisy when we outlaw everything bad like driving and alcohol and unhealthy foods and poor diets and sports etc. How better off would we and Iraq or Afghanistan be if we allowed them to grow marijuana as a method of fueling their vehicles, making their clothing and plastics and food and paper out of? How much more stable would they be . . . how better off would the Haitians be after the large quake if they had hemp to stabalize their needs and wants?

      • War Vet

        bad in the sense: can we prove horrible car wrecks exist . . . can we prove people get hurt in sports etc? If pot or drugs are outlawed because of harms comming from the use, then we can prove driving is illegal based on the same criteria.

        • Duncan20903

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          It would be easier to start with boxing and football. Perhaps even more appropriate since so many people regard cannabis as “not needed” but cling to their cars as a “needed” part of life.

  • n.t greene

    Are we at the tipping point yet? Or has intelligence already begun to spill over?

    • Duncan20903

      The Ignorati are hunkering down and preparing to make their last stand. linky

      • darkcycle

        Meh. University of Sew South Wales. Need I say more?

        • Duncan20903

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          They’ve been way busy down under. Insult them as you will but you’ve still got to acknowledge that it takes talent to produce scientific results on demand. Do you think that they produce the basics of the study in several dozen research projects then activate the one that they need or want? It’s been going on a long time. I still recall the early 1990s when people living with AIDS had the ammo to get thousands of sick people into the “Compassionate” IND program as a medicine for cachexia. But in the nick of time some hack scientists released their findings that cannabis compromises the human immune system so not only didn’t those sick people get any medicine from the UMiss farm George Bush the 41st got to close the Compassionate IND program to new patients. How convenient.
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          This one is from the “don’t these idiots know that Federal law ALWAYS trumps State law???” category:

          Arkansas court upholds first-in-the-South medical marijuana proposal
          …or is it from the “another oaken stake through the heart of the theory of Federal preemption” category?

        • darkcycle

          Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do agree. They are the finest scientific hacks money can buy.

        • Windy

          I posted this one on an earlier thread but I was days behind everyone else in posting to that thread so perhaps none of you saw it:
          Cal High Court Tosses Fed Preemption Case
          http://www.westcoastleaf.com/?p=4875
          “There is now no legal impediment for state and local government in California to move forward with responsible regulation for medical marijuana cultivation and distribution to patients. The question now is whether it is regulated or whether it operates on the margins.”

      • Peter

        “Buddy T. is in recovery from the experience of living with an alcoholic.”
        In other words he’s a raging co-dependent and control freak.

      • strayan

        David Allsop would say that. He’s currently running the Sativex trial to alleviate cannabis withdrawal.

        • kaptinemo

          (Sputtering laughter) Isn’t that like ‘hair of the dog that bit you’?

          ‘Cannabis withdrawal’ is like ‘phlogiston chemistry’. Right up there with ‘X Angels/Pinhead’ and other inanities.

          Jeez, they’ll pimp anything for a buck, no matter how ridiculous they’ll end up looking. They must have no self-respect at all…

  • n.t greene

    By the way, this story is seeing an awful lot of press coverage. It took a lot of moxie to call the US out so openly, and I applaud it. I am not sure what will really come of it, but the fact is that the bell has been rung.

    Otto Perez Molina has done a few interviews worth reading. He actually calls for a regulatory scheme quite directly. He is one of the few who recognizes that prohibition/legalization is a false dichotomy — as regulated legalization is the compromise between prohibition and full liberalization.

  • The chorus coming from Latin America is pretty unified at this point: end the War on Drugs. How long will the US be able to keep pushing our failed agenda?

  • […] U.N. told to find alternatives to war on drugs drugwarrant / Pete Guither / 9,27,2012 […]

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  • Duncan20903

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    It appears that they’ve gone to around the clock production over at the propaganda factory:

    Marijuana Use Increases Sexual Risk Taking in Young People

    Marijuana often has been referred to as a “gateway drug.” This is because it is seen as an open door to other risky behavior, such as alcohol consumption, deviant behavior, and sexual activity.
    /snip/

  • War Vet

    Taking away drugs from the black market could create jobs in the coca booze business, hemp (instead of pot) industries . . . no more (or at least reducing it) having to chop down acre after acre of rainforest for livestock grazing and forestry . . . the pot plants can replace the industrial use of trees and protein foods . . . fuel creation as well.

    • 2/3 of all trees harvested in the Pacific NW are harvested for fiber. The longest fiber in Douglas Fir and Hemlock is 3/4″ and in hemp they’re as long as the stalk. Hemp fiber is stronger, more flexible and its domestic production could go a long ways toward bringing timber production into sustainability.

    • claygooding

      Vet,,the entire concept of making marijuana illegal was and still is to remove hemp from the open market,,without marijuana as a wagon,,the political machines in the 20’s>30’s had no way to justify banning hemp.

      The same corporations that originated the prohibition of hemp are still in existence today and still want hemp kept out of the open market.

      • thelbert

        the banning of hemp from the “free market” was probably one the most profitable investments in the 20th century. The hearst, dupont. and mellon families should be rightfully proud of ancestors with the inspiration to screw the poor for 75 years while wearing the cloak of moral superiority. think of how cheap it was to attach the leech of prohibition to the body politic. journalists were a dime a dozen. congress critters are amazingly cheap to bribe, look at duke cunningham. anslinger was bought off with an overripe mellon. that’s some shrewd investin’.

    • claygooding

      something I just thought of,,I wonder if cows could receive enough nutrition from eating hemp,,if so,,contented cows from CA could take on a whole new meaning!!!!