Every Major News Outlet is Talking About Legalizing Drugs

To get a sense of the magnitude of the discussion that's happening right now, just try entering the phrase "Drug War FAIL" into Google. Pretty impressive, huh? This story from the Associated Press is showing up everywhere you look:

Major Panel: Drug War Failed; Legalize Marijuana

A high-level international panel slammed the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake experiments to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, to undermine the power of organized crime.

Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the report concludes that criminalization and repressive measures have failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.
 

As you might imagine, the drug war's defenders were a little less than impressed:

The office of White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said the report was misguided.

"Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Making drugs more available — as this report suggests — will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe," Office of National Drug Control Policy spokesman Rafael Lemaitre said.

So say the geniuses whose best idea for stopping you from rolling a joint is to cuff your hands behind your back. It's an awfully crappy day to be professionally responsible for pretending the drug war is awesome, and I can't help but wonder what effect the accumulation of moments like this exerts on the mindset of those who've made it their business to publicly defend generations of mindless death and destruction.

With very few exceptions, the drug war's remaining apologists should be privately relieved to witness the emerging consensus for reform. Soon perhaps, a day will come when you are no longer called upon to excuse the inexcusable. Soon perhaps, those of you who feel a genuine passion for making your communities safer will be able to pursue your ideals without bearing the burden of the drug war's constant betrayal. Soon perhaps, we can talk openly about what works and what doesn't without key stakeholders having a reason to fear and distrust one another.

Anyone who thinks it's possible to do a much better job dealing with drug use on this planet should be excited about the conversation that's happening today.

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This is a huge move for the

This is a huge move for the marijuana legalization movement! I do not however feel that hard drugs such as lsd, heroin, cocain,etc should be legal. As you do not see people who use marijuana giving sexual acts to obtain marijuana, or even stealing or killing for it like other harder drugs. When we are nearing a trillion dollars of wasted tax payers money, something isn't working. Einstein said when one does the same thing repeatedly with bad results and continues the same route, one will continue to get that same bad results.

Prohibition of hard drugs has

Prohibition of hard drugs has the same consequences as it does on marijuana.  Gang violence, police brutality, and people not getting the help they need for fear of incarceration.  It's all crap and should all be taxed/regulated.  If your dumb enough to ruin your life with heroine/lsd/cocain etc.  thats your fault.  If you commit a crime while on drugs its no excuse and you will be prosecuted as if you were sober.  No reason to have all these laws on these drugs its all causing us to lose our liberties and freedoms to get the drugs. 

Actually I think mass amounts

Actually I think mass amounts of lsd would actually make your life better:P

Missed the point

 

You're missing the point. It's not the drugs that cause the problem, it's prohibition. Hard drugs have to be legalised because prohibition makes the big problems around them. Like all other drugs, most people who use hard drugs handle them responsibly like most people handle all the other drugs. If drugs were really as bad as we're told then society would have completely collapsed long ago. I have plenty of friends who use heroin and if only they had been left alone they would have had ordinary anonymous lives and no-one would have known the difference. The real hard drugs by the way are tobacco and alcohol. They number of people they kill world wide is staggering and all other drugs put together come no where near the death toll caused by the legal drugs. We live in an age of lies and hypocrisy.

 

You, sir, are correct.

Amen!

You dont see anyone perform

You dont see anyone perform sexual act for LSD. The reason people use sexual acts as a mean to obtain their fix is because of the illegality of these drugs make the price of them skyrocket. No one is sucking dick for cigarettes but they are just as addictive as heroin and even more addictive than cocaine.

LSD is not a hard drug

LSD is one of the safest drugs currently viewed as illegal by the world governments. A recent study by the former UK drug czar shows that it's safer than even marijuana. It's so safe that the lethal dose has never been determined. Nobody has ever died due to an allergic or toxic reaction to it. The LD50 (lethal dose in >50% of subjects) has never been determined. And any person trying to kill themselves with an OD would be in no condition to continue the experiment after they reached about 1mg (10x the effective dose). A family member once consumed 10mg and came out of it with no ill health effects.

Similarly, marijuana has been responsible for 25 deaths in 2500 years of recorded history of its use.

If you're looking for hard drugs, consider categorizing any where the effective dose is close to the lethal dose. You'll find some surprising results.

LD50 of various drugs:

Aspirin: 250mg/kg

Acetominophen: 800mg/kg

Ibuprophen: 636mg/kg

Alcohol: 7060mg/kg

Nicotine: 50mg/kg

MDMA: 300mg/kg

Methamphetamine: 143mg/kg

Marijuana doesn't/can't kill

I found the assertion that marijuana has killed 25 people in 2500 years highly questionable. There is no toxicity for any of the cannabinoid components of marijuana, they are variants of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids in our bodies and are not toxic at all. I suppose that over 2500 years of use by enormous populations of people, there may have been 25 deaths that coincided with marijuana use but were not the result of the use. In other words, fat boy is about to have a heart attack and happens to burn a doobie just before a clot dislodges and blocks off blood flow. The toking did not cause the death, it was just coincidental. And if the weed has a percentage of CBD in it and fat boy is rushed to an ER in time, the weed will have possibly protected the heart muscle from damage. We know that CBD helps protect the heart muscle from cardiomyopathy in diabetics. Read, "Marijuana Gateway to Health" available in July.  

Mr green thumb

Dr greenthumb, as you have stated that Einstein said, when you keep doing the same thing you'l get the same results. No part of the war on drugs has been successful so why should we continue to waste so much money doing the same thing? A change needs to happen to regulate these drugs and take the whole trade out of the hands of criminals and make it unprofitable for them.

Duh ??

Yea right ! 
"Drugs are illegal because they are harmful - they destroy lives and cause untold misery to families and
communities." Because due to it's illegal, criminal status the price is high making it a profitable
business for producers, traffickers and street sellers who flood the streets with real addictive expensive
poisons like truelly addictive homemade methaphetamine and other dangerous impurities. These which are mixed with cocaine for example to make extra profits in the streets causing real mental illness. Thus actually making  the war on drugs actually the real threat to public health.

Due to governments approach of generalization of all drugs and the lack of general proper, unbiased and
factual education, few people know the difference between different kind of drugs. As our law enforcement
always talk about "Drugs"are bad. As if nicotine and alcohol are not harmful drugs.


It is typical U.S. Policy to only look at the scope of their own benefits and their own "wellbeing"
forgetting about and screwing the rest of the "lesser" world in the process. This report of the Global
Commission on Drug Policy is based on Global numbers not the U.S & A alone. This is in contrast to the
Local scope of views and conclusions of heads of states of the America's.
 

It's been said before...

but it bears repeating.  As far as I know, nobody has ever died from the use of marijuana, but thousands upon thousands die each and every year from using alcohol.  That's why I believe the "war on drugs" has never been about keeping anybody safe and healthy... it's mainly about protecting the liquor and tobacco industries.  Cocaine and heroin are dangerous mainly because they are illegal, and therefore cost many times more than they would otherwise, forcing people to commit property crimes to support their habit.  If they were legal and readily available, people who get strung out on them could just check into a treatment clinic and get help, rather than living in the shadows afraid of being sent to prison if they get caught.  Treatment would only cost a tiny fraction of what it costs to incarcerate someone for 5 or 10 years.

The war on drugs is insane and makes no sense at all.  It needs to be stopped immediately!

The key is harm reduction

When it comes to a better drug policy for the future – and not just a better drug policy, but a better drug culture – the key will be harm reduction. Harm reduction is technology. It's medical technology, psychological technology, regulation (policy) technology, and cultural technology. We have to develop harm reduction for the future. A drug-free world was a misguided goal. The goal is a world where drugs are enjoyed with less and less harm as we develop better and better harm reduction. 

And treatment, too, of course

And treatment, too, of course (and education). But those are understood to be needed. Where we have to bring in something that the system still doesn't understand is needed (at least not in most countries), is harm reduction. Harm reduction is essentially what has to replace criminalization. Treatment and education can improve too (especially education), but those are already there in the sense that there is already a consensus that those are part of the plan. 

better yet, there is a

better yet, there is a consensus that those <i>ought</i> to be part of the plan

In a Thousand Years

A thousand years from now it will be asked: How did we get where we are right now? There are two answers that predominate. The first will be: We decided to regulate behavior and not crime pre se and so our forefathers built jails to punish those who did not comply. Society crumbled over it's own weight and hate thy neighbor, if they are not like me, became the rule of the day. That, my friend, is how this devolution occurred. The second will be: At the beginning of the last millennium things started to overtake the control of governments around the world. War and terror would not go away and behavior modification was an abject failure. In fact, black markets that were the result of prohibitions threatened to bring down the most powerful economies. On top of all that over harvesting of global resources threatened massive ecological devastation. Slowly, but with purpose, intelligent individuals began reassessing how things became this way and decided to do something about it. Around the world, grassroots organizations began forming to address the real problems of the day and began, over decades and not without disagreements, forming viable ways to work toward the future of humanity and the Earth. First it was decided that education and knowledge are paramount. Over reliance on technology a trap, and acceptance of our own humanity a must. They began with defensive and not offensive militaries that reduced terror and violence because people learned productivity with freedom of choice equals a comfortable living. Ability is greater than celebrity. We grabbed the runaway bull of unchecked civilization and made it controllable. Crime is still punished, but the black market is gone and violence is with us to this day, it is and will be a constant learning process as to where our future takes us. That being said, we can build jails or schools and drug prohibition will ultimately stop. May as well build schools and regulate, not vilify, what are now prohibited substances.  

The liberation of hemp and

The liberation of hemp and cannabis and the safe access to harder drugs will be a big one of the many wonderful catalysts to send us on a rapid evolutionary journey. Our home will recuperate and so will we and we'll be able to have more play time and live more balanced lives. Indicated by the recent revealing of the second Hopi prophecy rock by Grandfather Martin in the 4 corners area, after the purification we will still have technology (indicated by the rock) but it will be super green and not harmful to the earth or us whatsoever, i believe this technology has an awful lot to do with hemp derivatives because it can take a serious chunk out of the oil industry, mining industry, and forestry industry who are some major culprits to the disruption of the balance. I mean, this plant is the green version of all of that combined.

Love

War is Over (if you want it)

 

The War on Drugs failed Billions of dollars ago!  This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles.  Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy.  Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red!  Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it.  Voice you opinion with the movement and check out my pro-cannabis art at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html

Time for mass protest

Given that the Obama administration has rejected outright, without discussion, the recommendations of the Global Commission, I think it is time for peaceful, public protests against the war on drugs. These protests ought to model and support the protests in Mexico led by Javier Sicilia. 

Grassroots protest march needed.

I'm for a grassroots protest march to end cannabis prohibition on a nationwide basis. But, who will lead it? Someone who has no affiliation with one of the Marijuana Legalization organizations will be the first requirement. The reason for this is the fact that every established legalization group makes their living from the fight against prohibition. This means someone who has a clean record & plenty of money to see abolition through is mandatory. Maybe, I'll take up the job, after I win the lottery. Maybe, Dr Lester Grinspoon would make a good choice. Your input, please.

How about asking

Sir Richard Branson?  Or Willie Nelson?  Or Clint Eastwood?  The first two smoke ganja and the third is a libertarian and a hero to many.

For instance, this is from Pete Guither at DrugWarRant:

The Saturday interview: Richard Branson

He hopes the commission can help focus a debate on the facts, because the alternative is unsustainable, he says. “In the US, prisons are literally loaded with people who have taken drugs on a few occasions. Mainly black people. It’s very much a racist set-up when it comes to the drug issues in America. It costs society a fortune, and these people, who could be productive members of society, have their lives ruined.”

The situation isn’t much different in the UK, he says, where 80,000 people a year get sentences for drugs. “The commission believes nobody should be sent to prison for taking drugs,” he says. In other countries the state of affairs is worse, with people executed for taking a small amount of dope. Branson has been working to get two women out of jail in Thailand who have, so far, served 27 years for what in other countries would be minor drug offences. He says it’s “incredible” how little the debate has moved on since the 1960s. “It has just got worse and worse and worse.”

Blunt End

Who bear`s the blunt end of the drug war ? Is it rich folks of a certain skin color ? Look up Harry Anslinger . 2012 will be the 75th anniversary of our beloved drug prohibition . Except alcohol of course. 

Actually it's 98 Years Old

The "War on Drugs" began with the passage of the "Harrison Narcotics Act" in 1914. Like the drug war it spawned, this legislation was rooted in racism as it was targeted at Mexican immigrants (Marijuana) and the Chinese immigrants who did the bulk of the dangerous and backbreaking labor of carving out the rail bed through the Sierra Nevada mountains (opium). This all despite the fact that the typical drug addict at the turn of the last century was a white middle-class middle-aged southern housewife (patent medicines). Never the less 75 or 98 years is way too long. The U.S. could only fathom 13 years of alcohol prohibition. Had it lasted fifty years our country would be awash in official corruption. Try to imagine a fifty year lifespan for alcohol prohibition, it boggles the mind-every cop, judge, prosecutor and politician would be dirty and government would be the domain of the criminal. Sort of what we have today. Our policy regarding drugs is heavily supported by powerful groups like the prison industrial complex, homeland security, law enforcement (excepting the righteous men in blue at LEAP), border patrol, and the alcohol tobacco and big pharma-sponsored "Partnership for a Drug Free America" just to name a few. In reality the drug war has become a threat to national security as the established drug smuggling routs complete with their corrupt immigration and border patrol agents would be the route of choice for Al-Quaida to smuggle a dirty bomb into the U.S. How about that "Partnership for a Drug Free America"? What a concept. The U.S. pops pills for sleep, erections, anxiety-you name it. Our rivers are testing positive for illicit drugs. We are probably the most addicted drug taking nation in the western hemisphere. Anyhow as drug policy reformers our time does seem to be nigh. If anyone looks at you with a perplexed look on their face as you say we should legalize, tax and regulate all illicit drugs (after all some are just too dangerous to legalize) ask them "Then I suppose you would be in favor of outlawing tobacco as it is highly addictive, has dangerous health effects and no accepted medical value (the criteria for a drug receiving schedule 1 status)". That should wipe the perplexed look off their face as only an idiot would suggest we outlaw tobacco if it were possible.

Obamas opinion doesnt matter

Obamas opinion doesnt matter as long as there are enough people who get pissed off enough not to vote for him.

uhhh

"This is a huge move for the marijuana legalization movement! I do not however feel that hard drugs such as lsd, heroin, cocain,etc should be legal" This is the same garbage I hear from anyone who hasnt tried anything besides booze and weed. First of all LSD is nowhere near heroin or cocaine if your comparing "hardness" ahhaha. Get real, grow up and regulate!! (everything)

Absolutely!

If we don't relegalize ALL so-called "illicit drugs", we will still have all the problems of prohibition, some of them may decrease slightly with only relegalizing cannabis, but the rest (gangs fighting over turf, the police state and its violations of our unalienable rights) will continue to get worse.  Only by getting the government out of deciding which drugs are legal to ingest, do we have a chance at restoring real freedom in this country, and around the world.

Mr President, it's time for

Mr President, it's time for that talk about legalizing marijuana.

And please, let's take it seriously this time, no jokes, puns, censorship, or other lame deflections will be acceptable!

In fact the only thing that will be acceptable will be your immediate removal of marijuana from the CSA.

This will cut tens of billions from enforcement of this terrible policy plus infuse tens of billions into the failing economy.

How can any one even consider cutting desparately needed programs like medicare and medicaid while continuing to squander precious tax dollars to criminalize a plant with numerous benefits.

leader for the movement

How about Tommy Chong? look past the humorous side hes pro Marijuana and hes got an AXE to grind he went to jail over nothing railroaded by our Government the DEA spent 18 million dollars to put Tommy away for selling Bongs. When they found out he wasn't even involved in the family business they threatened to put his wife and son away for 25 years! So Tommy wen to jail to save his family from incarceration. now lets see what other good uses could that money and the Dea agents time have been spent on? it took 18 months of trying for the DEA to get Bongs shipped to a state where they were illegal since they were shipped across state lines it became a Federal Case. The agents visited the company and ordered many items that were out of stock from the catalog so the order would have to be delivered setting the stage for a federal prosecution.

  The DEA kept calling for Delivery until they called and got a new employee that didnt know the state laws and he shipped the order because it had been sitting on the shelf for six months thinking he was doing the right thing. The DEA agents had been told numerous times it was illegal to ship to them by employees who knew the law. 

 

Vote Ron Paul 2012 - Legalize

Vote Ron Paul 2012 - Legalize the Constitution

VOTE RON PAUL 2012 - LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION

Ron Paul has supported ending the War on Drugs for many years. Time to end it, vote for Ron Paul 2012

Drug Wars

I wrote this rant elsewhere but it seems relevant to this post. My apologies:
I think of addiction as a side effect of prolonged narcotic use. Stop the drugs, go into WD. Addiction.
Doesn't matter whether the drugs were for stopping pain or pursuing pleasure.
I'm a straight up lifelong "dopefiend". And yet I do not even seem to fall within the parameters of the definition of "addict" parroted by the indoctrinated. These subjective and politically correct definitions come from a dreary academia who seem to promote a pseudoscientific reduction of human and cultural experience to some nearly subatomic level of theoretical brain chemistry.
Hack social engineers.
Semantics are irrelevent.
Language is perhaps the most efficient means of social control.
The reckless slaughter of (foreign) innocents is called "collateral damage". Sanitized and morally acceptable.
I am a "legitimate addict".:-) Legit this. Legit that.
"Legit" to who?
To the therapeutic mental health cult and for profit recovery industry. The massive ideological apparatus that justifies maintenance of the status quo. Corporate for profit prisons for the poor. Luxury rehab for the rich.
Get with the program. Conform or die. It's the new world order.
And the result of US drug policy is far more pernicious to the rest of the world, especially poor countries, than it is to us.
What can be done to solve our current problem of drugs being diverted from "legit" CPPs (chronic pain patients) to "illegit" fiends like myself, within the current system?
Absolutely nothing.
Only two options. Legalize and regulate drugs or withhold drugs and make people in pain suffer.
Much of the world is now standing up to the US, demanding legalization and regulation. But the US stonewalls. Our government refuses to legalize or even to recognize officially the legitimacy of medical Cannabis, a non-issue which serves as a smoke screen to prevent dealing with any real drug policy reform. Anti-Cannabis laws also keep our prisons full, mostly with melatonin rich individuals, and to the delight of prison corporation stockholders and scared white people.
Odd. I am called a "junkie". Yet I do not steal, lie or manipulate to get drugs. I refuse to profit in any way from the immoral black market or play lame doctors to procure drugs. And I am poor. Even a "junkie" can have, and live according to, a moral code. I don't pass judgment on those who do play the "game". The "game" and a host of other evils are an inevitable consequence of prohibition.

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