American Thinker: End the War on Drugs Now – a conservative viewpoint
By any objective measure, the War On Drugs is a disastrous failure. It’s time to end this madness now. […]
What are the results of the War on Drugs?
A million innocent Americans are sitting in prisons right now solely because they’ve been caught storing, buying or using drugs. A million people who haven’t harmed anyone else. Americans prisons are overcrowded as a result.
Taxpayers dollars and limited police resources are being squandered on arresting people who may have harmed themselves but haven’t harmed anyone else, rather than be used chasing truly dangerous criminals.
America’s Southern border is dangerous and de facto governed by drug cartels, which are also present in hundreds of American cities, even NYC, Chicago, Tacoma, and Anchorage.
Drug gangs have high annual incomes, and therefore can afford to buy lethal weapons, bribe officials, and build villas for their leaders. This income is not taxed.
Meanwhile, Americans who want to buy drugs for recreational (or even medical) purposes are forced to buy them from these gangs rather than pharmacies. These drug cartels […]
It’s time to end the War on Drugs. It’s not a conservative policy, its results are dismal, its costly, and it has made America’s drug problem worse, not better.
Many of the commenters there disagree.
Sweet democracy on a stick. As of yesterday evening, every member of Seattle legislative delegation to Olympiaâ€”all ten representatives and all five senators from the 34th, 36th, 37th, 43rd, and 46th Districtsâ€”had gone on the record to say that they support taxing, regulating, and legalizing marijuana. They join every elected official at City Hall (the mayor, the city attorney, and all nine members of the city council) and King County Executive Dow Constantine. […]
This seems significant, whether we’re the first city or not: It appears that the safest position politically these daysâ€”the most mainstream position a politician can take in Seattleâ€”is to replace the War on Pot with a government takeover the entire industry. Quashing the politically toxic drug war is a winning platform. A decade ago, before Seattle voters had deprioritized enforcement of pot possession, most local lawmakers wouldn’t touch this issue with a ten-foot bong.
Speaking to reporters in Berlin on Tuesday, Health Minister Philipp Roesler said the plan could be carried out by a simple change in the ministry’s policy, and that no change in German law was necessary.
He added that because many other European countries already allow medical cannabis, the process in Germany could go “quickly in comparison.”
Via Paul Armentano, who notes:
Both cannabis inhalation and the administration of cannabinoids are associated with â€œsignificant analgesic effectsâ€ in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, according to a systemic review of randomized controlled trials to be published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. [..]
â€œOverall the quality of trials was excellent,â€ authors wrote. â€œFifteen of the eighteen trials that met inclusion criteria demonstrated a significant analgesic effect of cannabinoid as compared to placebo, several reported significant improvements in sleep. There were no serious adverse effects.â€
Researchers noted that all four trials involving inhaled cannabis â€œfound a positive effect with no serious adverse side effects.â€ They added: â€œOf special importance is the fact that two of the trials examining smoked cannabis demonstrated a significant analgesic effect in HIV neuropathy, a type of pain that has been notoriously resistant to other treatments normally used for neuropathic pain. In the trial examining cannabis based medicines in rheumatoid arthritis a significant reduction in disease activity was also noted, this is consistent with pre-clinical work demonstrating that cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory.â€
Did you know? The first international symposium on drug-impaired driving will be held in Montreal, Canada, on July 17 and 18, 2011. Source
The death penalty for drug offences is a violation of international law. This is clear. Yet 32 jurisdictions retain this excessive and cruel punishment. The International Harm Reduction Association has identified hundreds of executions annually for drug-related offences but believes that as many as one thousand people may be executed for drug offences each year when states that keep their death penalty statistics a secret are counted.
The justification for this is usually deterrence. This is a faulty argument that has been presented many times over, and for a range of crimes.
While nobody should be executed for any offence, the vast majority of those known to be sentenced to die for drugs are not kingpins or major traffickers. They are carriers. Very often involvement in this aspect of the drug trade is driven by poverty, drug dependence and a lack of options. To kill these people is cruel in the extreme.