Wow – won’t this be fun…
The 3rd World Forum Against Drugs
Stockholm, Sweden – May 21-23, 2012
World Federation Against Drugs is rooted in the Swedish experience with the drug abuse epidemic and the resulting balanced and restrictive Swedish drug policy that enjoys broad support across the political spectrum in Sweden.
No, I won’t be attending.
Gil Kerlikowske will. It’s sad to see the U.S. practically tripping over itself to be connected with the oppressive Swedish drug policy regime.
Here’s the part that really pisses me off.
There will be three main themes:
Â» Human rights and the right of the child to be protected from illicit drugs
Â» Illicit drug use and trafficking problems of Latin America
Â» Primary prevention and its role in drug policy
Human rights and the right of the child to be protected from illicit drugs. Really? And what is it about restrictive drug policies that actually protects children from illicit drugs? Are criminals more likely to demand proof of age than legitimate businesses?
And what about the children killed in Mexico? Or those who die from heroin overdoses in this country? How have restrictive drug policies helped them? Or the millions who have lost their fathers to the criminal justice system? Or the teenagers being recruited into drug gangs?
And… human rights? Locking up people for using a plant is human rights? Busting down their doors and shooting their dogs? Frisking black men, maybe? Or pulling over hispanic drivers and ripping apart their cars while everyone driving by watches?