Report claims War on Drugs a failure

Posted on: June 2, 2011

A report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy that includes former heads of state, a former U.N. secretary general and a business mogul calls on governments to end the criminalization of marijuana and other controlled substances. In addition, the commission took aim at the U.S. saying that we should change our anti-drug policies from being guided by anti-crime approaches to one that is rooted in health care and human rights.

Also they want us to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Are they kidding?

Drug addiction leads to crime and violence.  If you never start using drugs, you won’t be addicted to drugs. Education and knowledge of what drugs can do to you is very important. Once you get hooked on drugs there are ways to intervene to get you clean and sober. We have to keep our communities, especially our kids, healthy and safe from drug addiction.

However, the Office of National Drug Control Policy cites statistics showing declines in U.S. drug use compared to 30 years ago, along
with a more recent 46 percent drop in current cocaine use among young adults over the last five years. But the report cited U.N. estimates that opiate use increased 34.5 percent worldwide and cocaine 27 percent from 1998 to 2008, while the use of cannabis, or marijuana, was up 8.5 percent.

The Global Commision report goes on to say that instead of punishing users who “do no harm to others,” the commission argues that governments should end criminalization of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organized crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users in need. The commission called for drug policies based on methods empirically proven to reduce crime, lead to better health and promote economic and social development.

Then this report has the nerve to say, “We don’t see the U.S. evolving in a way that is compatible with our (countries’) long-term  interests.”  Has the U.S. lost its credibility and standing in the world? We were once a leader and model to the world but now it seems the world thinks we just don’t know what we are doing. Where is the leadership on this?

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