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Could Decriminalization Be the Answer? by Jens GlÃ¼sing in Spiegel.
The massacre in Ciudad Juarez at the end of January made it clear that Mexico is losing the war on drugs. Narcotics-related violence is on the rise in other Latin American cities as well. An increasing number of voices are demanding that drugs be decriminalized.
We’re Blowing It: A new paper suggests U.S. military aid does nothing to reduce drug production in Colombia.
Yet a recent evaluation of military and anti-narcotics aid to Colombia argues that neither American nor Colombian interests were well served by U.S.-supplied training and arms. The authors find that rather than bringing stability, increases in military aid caused spikes in violence from Colombia’s infamous paramilitary organizations and had no impact whatsoever on coca production. Plan Colombia, it seems, may have served as little more than a conduit for channeling weapons to the destabilizing influences that it was meant to suppress.
The City Council heard more than two hours of testimony, but in the end backed away from supporting legalized marijuana as a way to combat drug violence in neighboring JuÃ¡rez.
The council voted 6-2 Tuesday to condemn the violence in JuÃ¡rez and deleted a paragraph that called for the legalization of marijuana and government regulation of its sale.
The resolution that ended up passing called for a presidential summit on the drug war and for the U.S. government to make it one of its top foreign policy priorities.
Itâ€™s time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot in Rhode Island. Education is a more humane way than incarceration and a criminal record to help people and maintain order.
One thing seems clear: Our current approach has been an expensive flop.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy Candlelight Vigil â€” tomorrow (Thursday, Feb 11) in various locations around the world.
Fourteen young people were murdered among 25 shot at a party celebrating their high school soccer team victory and one student’s birthday.
In any other time and any other place, this would be unbelievable. In any other time and any other place, the world would be riveted to “on the scene” accounts of this outrage.
But these days, for the students of Mexico, there remains a stunning silence. It is as though the world accepts as normal the bloodshed of the innocent high school students because the bloodshed of the failing war on drugs is normal. This is not normal!
SSDP says this is too much blood.
Some excellent investigative journalism by Lee at HorsesAss about how the Washington State Department of Corrections has conducted a harassment campaign aimed at medical marijuana.