Think of the children

Fernando Henrique Cardoso must be reading my blog…

Amsterdam, November 22, 2011 – “Would legal regulation and control of drugs better protect children?” is a question posed by former President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso in an editorial to be published in the January issue of Elsevier’s International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP).

The editorial, “Children and drug law reform” follows the March 2011 report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, chaired by Cardoso, which made a series of recommendations for reforms of drug laws, including experiments with legal regulation and control.

“If we believe that the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration in all policies that affect them, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, then children have the right to be placed front and centre in drug policy discussions”, writes the former president.

Recognising the harms that have befallen children and young people around the world due to drugs prohibition, and the failure of current approaches to protect children from drug use and drug related harms, Cardoso calls for debate on a range of issues including what legal regulation and control of drugs would mean for children.

“I am convinced that the recommendations of the Global Commission will have significant benefits for children and young people,” he writes, “I would not support such policies if I did not believe that current approaches have singularly failed in this respect.” […]

“To protect children from drugs it is to my mind now beyond debate that drug laws need to be reformed. From what we already know, the ongoing and future identified harms of current drug policies to our children must be considered not as unintended, but a result of negligence, recklessness or simple disregard,” concludes Cardoso.

“President Cardoso’s editorial is a challenge to politicians, researchers and activists and is a much needed contribution to an important part of the drug policy debate we all too often overlook”, said Professor Gerry Stimson, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Drug Policy. “This is no doubt a very difficult and controversial area and I wholeheartedly agree with President Cardoso, we need to create an environment where it is safer to openly discuss these issues.”

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29 Responses to Think of the children

  1. claygooding says:

    When organizations such as this start calling for the ending of the war on drugs,,will this make the cost of sustaining prohibition go up enough to cause it to end?

    I read their bonafides and can’t help but think that the blog from the Bill Gates supported site has brought out some big guns,and they are going to be aimed at US!

  2. Duncan20903 says:

    Everybody who’s anybody reads Drug WarRant. They follow me everywhere you know.

  3. It’s all about the children, ya know…

  4. claygooding says:

    NJ mmj law implication is running into more problems..probable cause is the recent terrorist attacks medical dispensaries in several western states by people claiming to be DEA.

    NJ zoning boards reject medical marijuana vendors;contentBody

    All the recent federal activity towards mmj has the cities refusing permits because they don’t want to be targets for terrorist activities.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      If we must have prohibition, let’s prohibit NIMBY’s. Not only are they deranged fruitcakes for the most part, their acronym sucks big time. It sounds like they’re creatures of claymation (no relationship to claygooding).

  5. Peter says:

    from huffpo:
    “Driven By Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims Of Violent Crime”

  6. Duncan20903 says:

    NBC news has a series called “The War Next Door” and it’s not about Mr. Harper’s battle to emulate the most heinous parts of U.S. Federal law.

    Barry McCaffrey offers his sage wisdom of how to proceed in this time of trouble.

    As always, pure genius is ignored by the powers that be:

    jeo-3628706 said, “Sound s easy enough, but is not, the border is a long, long stretch, but even if the national guards do a man a mile it would take like 10 000 national guards, and an apache helicopter every 40 miles in 3 or 4 minutes, the problem is Obama dont care. or congress, i would say just satrt shooting anything that move after dark”

    Math is hard!

    Say, Time Magazine used the same name back in July.,16641,20110711,00.html

    Well, I favored the accuracy of calling it the Mexican Civil War but “The War Next Door” will do in a pinch. Plus it rhymes, and that’s always a bonus for Big Media.

    Oh never mind. It seems I keep forgetting that I live in a cave. It’s even worse since the advent of bittorrents. 8/9/2007:,9171,1651508,00.html


    Boo flipping hoo.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Say, anyone think we could make an alliance with the xenophobes? They help us get what we want, we help them get rid of the unregistered guests who upset them so. Win, win, win. Oh did I mention that this plan takes care of the cops worries about unemployment or no overtime?

      Vox Veritas-3489352 said:

      “hahahaha gang of imbeciles… all of you who claim to be so upset because the government is not doing its job… all of you proud us citizens… can you at least answer at least 20 questions from the test one must take to become a US citizen? I am sure you can only answer one if any… full name… hahahaha

      Duncan20903 (that’s me) responded: I’ll do 20 of 20, no search engines. How much are you willing and able to lose?

      Of course I’m the guy that if I were made king of the world for a day would wave my magic legalization wand and make all this nonsense vanish overnight. No smoke. No mirrors. No fooling.

      Here’s a thought for all the resident xenophobes. If we took the cops away from trying to enforce the proven, epic failure of public policy which we call the war on (some) drugs we could re-assign them to “securing the border.” We can pay them plenty of overtime with the new tax revenue. You should also know that lots of our Mexican unregistered guests pay their passage by “carrying a package or two” across the border. Without the black market every single one of those guys can’t afford to cross, and that alone will substantially reduce the number crossing into America.

      So how about it? You’ll get to stop hearing us constantly pestering you to do the right thing, and to keep Jose, Jorge, and Jesús on the other side of the border where they belong. C’mon, it was 1913 when California became the first State to criminalize cannabis, and they did it to get rid of the Mexicans. The last time I checked California had Mexicans coming out of its collective ears. 98 years, we’ve got more pot and more Mexicans than ever. Almost a century of utter failure doesn’t prove it’s time to try something new?

  7. claygooding says:

    Better check your first link,,when I went to make a comment it logged me in as Pete Guither,,,man,,,I missed my chance. tee-hee

  8. claygooding says:

    Randy Balco hit a home run with one at the Huffington Post.

    Driven By Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims Of Violent Crime

    Two pages long,will make you bite the end off your favorite stone pipe. 3500 comments,,54 waiting.

  9. Servetus says:

    “…we need to create an environment where it is safer to openly discuss these issues.”—Professor Gerry Stimson, Editor-in-Chief.

    How sad that it hasn’t been safe to discuss drug policies in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Wow. I didn’t realize things were that bleak in journal land. It’s that prohibition thing again, isn’t it?

    With magnanimous gratitude and congratulations to President Cardoso, here’s to a better future, pffft, and a hearty new year of truth, justice and the American way via real and authentic journalism like we have here on the Internet.

  10. Nunavut Tripper says:

    A little off topic here but Dr Mercola has posted a treatise on medical cannabis politics on his website.
    There are a few bits of misinformation near the end but a good article overall for a medical website.

    • claygooding says:

      If I am reading the site right,,it is a goto site for medical professionals,,where Doctors can discuss medical uses for cannabis,,and their web page is a dang good read.

      We needed this,,now we need an accredited medical school to start giving classes on medical uses for cannabis.

  11. 7-MK16atypicalAntagonist says:

    Several other senior Sinaloa officials involved in the fight against organized crime have also sent their families abroad.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      OK, so they’re not total morons. What your point?

      • 7-MK16atypicalAntagonist says:

        The point is, even the Governor of Sinaloa has now been forced to send his kids out of the country to keep them safe.
        Silly me for believing that anybody here could have been remotely interested in this recent development.

        • Duncan20903 says:

          I certainly don’t speak for everyone here. Perhaps the really sad thing is that I think that this action is so unremarkable. But I must say you need to thicken your skin. Cannabis law reform just isn’t for the faint of heart.

          P.S. They weren’t per se forced. They’ve made a choice to participate in the idiocy of trying to enforce the epic failure of public policy which we call the war on (some) drugs. In Mexico, that’s starting to approach the level of war crimes. They do have the option of doing the right thing and resigning.

          P.P.S. Michael Godwin is a clown and his law is a joke. That’s not a denigration, that was his actual intent. Google it if you don’t believe me.

        • darkcycle says:

          Well taken, Malcolm. I indeed agree. Duncan’s just in a poopy mood because the Huff Post, who mistakenly accorded him “Super User” status suddenly discovered he was a spy from Pete’s Army.

      • 7-MK16atypicalAntagonist says:

        and wasn’t this thread about ‘thinking of the children’?

        • Endoscopic says:

          Who’s talking about the thickness of anything?

          And aren’t we about DRUG law reform?

        • darkcycle says:

          Yes…everybody, let’s take a minute between tokes. And bickering. And think of children. “Which children?” you ask, bewildered. You know..the ones…like…out there in the drug war and stuff. Who have to watch their dogs shot while they’re held at gunpoint. And are ripped from healthy families over a PLANT. Those children.
          Then lets have another toke and get the fuck back to work. Because we’ve got a war to win.

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