Our friends at Narco News
this week reported on "A Colombian's Call for a Referendum on Drug Legalization,"
a manifesto and campaign for legalization launched by Colombian citizen
José Cuesta. Cuesta writes:
"It's a fatal paradox
that a war on drugs is imposed on the Colombian people, while in the United
States some of its citizens can use the instrument of referendum
to deal with this spiny issue: through this route, democracy ends up being
a strange and discriminatory privilege for the societies of the world:
The Anglo-Saxons get citizen participation while the countries to the South
get a devastating war...
for the full article, including the full-text of the manifesto and e-mail
addresses for a letter-writing campaign to Colombian decision makers.
-- END --
"Because we believe in the
universal character of democracy, and because we understand that after
more than four decades of the drug war its results are an absolute failure,
we propose the continuation of a worldwide battle for drug legalization...
The United States speaks to us in this way: We conduct their war, we supply
the deaths, we devastate the Amazon, and they consolidate their economy
by incorporating millions of narco-dollars."
Issue #262, 11/8/02
Editorial: More to This Vote Than Meets the Eye | Black Tuesday for Drug Reform | Arizona Steps Back as Decrim Initiative Loses, Anti-Reform Sentencing Initiative Wins | Legal Pot in Nevada? Not This Year | New York: Pataki Victory Swamps Dems, Golisano, Marijuana Reform Party, Libertarians | Ohio "Treatment Not Jail" Initiative Runs Into Drug War Buzzsaw | No Hemp, No New Rights for Defendants in South Dakota | Wisconsin: Libertarian Thompson Gets Ten Percent | DC Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Treatment Not Jail Initiative | Massachusetts Voters Tell Reps to Support Marijuana Decrim | San Francisco Voters Ask City to Look at Growing Its Own | FAMM Victory: Amendment to Cap Federal Guideline Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders is Now Law | Colombian Campaign for Drug Legalization | Anti-Prohibitionists Meet Human Rights Advocates and Political Leaders at Albania Congress of Transnational Radical Party | Newsbrief: Nordic Prohibitionists Beginning Counter-Campaign Supporting UN Drug Conventions | Web Scan: Forbes on Hope Taft, Newsday on Tony Papa, New Scientist on Cannabis, Raich v. Ashcroft Lawsuit Docs | Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum | The Reformer's Calendar
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