In other words, despite the ample evidence that treatment is the answer, and despite Kerlikowskeâ€™s willingness to admit that our status quo drug policy simply isnâ€™t working, weâ€™re actually increasing expenditures on strategies that have proven ineffective. While the minimal shift in spending on treatment is a positive development, it means little in the face of the billions that will continue to be spent on law enforcement.
Um, really? The way to fight Transnational Organized Crime is to create a Public Service Announcement?
But apparently, it's also a priority of the U.S.
Raising awareness of the cost of transnational organized crime to people and businesses is a priority action of President Obamaâ€™s Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime. The presence of the global illegal economy and the activities that sustain it â€“ from bribery and money laundering to drug trafficking, environmental crime, and counterfeit goods, including pharmaceuticals â€“ threaten foreign direct investment, economic growth, market integrity, and the ability of companies everywhere to maximize profits.
Marijuana possession may be decriminalized in Belize as the Central American nation joins a list of countries from Mexico to Uruguay whose leaders have called for alternatives in the U.S.-led war on drugs.
Prime Minister Dean Barrowâ€™s government has appointed a committee to evaluate the decriminalization of up to 10 grams of marijuana