Global war on drugs ‘a failure’
High-level panel declares international anti-drug measures a failure and suggests legalising cannabis and other drugs
A high-level international commission has declared the global “war on drugs” to be a failure, and has urged countries to consider legalising certain drugs, including cannabis, in a bid to undermine organised crime.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, in its report released on Thursday, called for a new approach to the current strategy of reducing drug abuse by strictly criminalising drugs and incarcerating users.
It said the new approach should focus on battling the criminal cartels that control the drug trade, rather than targeting drug users.
“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the report said.
The study urged “experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs”, adding: “This recommendation applies especially to cannabis, but we also encourage other experiments in decriminalisation and legal regulation.”
Illegal drug use
About 250 million people worldwide use drugs that are currently deemed illegal, with less than a tenth of them classified as “dependent”. Millions are also involved in the cultivation, production and distribution of drugs, according to the United Nations estimates quoted in the report.
The study said decriminalisation initiatives have not been accompanied by a significant spike in drug use, citing the implementation of such policies in Australia, Portugal and the Netherlands.
“Now is the time to break the taboo on discussion of all drug policy options, including alternatives to drug prohibition,” Cesar Gaviria, the former Colombian president, said.
The commission called for the urgent implementation of fundamental reforms in national and international drug control policies.
In particular, it recommended that the focus of drug control policies be moved from users as well as “farmers, couriers and petty sellers”, and onto the large criminal organisations involved in the drug trade.
It called on governments to “end the criminalisation, marginalisation and stigmatisation of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others”.
“Arresting and incarcerating tens of millions of these people in recent decades has filled prisons and destroyed lives and families without reducing the availability of illicit drugs or the power of criminal organisations,” the report said.
Treatment services recommended
It said that drug users who need health and treatment services should be offered them.
“Let’s start by treating drug addiction as a health issue, reducing drug demand through proven educational initiatives and legally regulating rather than criminalising cannabis,” Fernando Cardoso, the former Brazilian president, said.
The changed approach would focus law enforcement resources more against violent organised crime and drug traffickers, while providing alternative sentences for small-scale or first-time drug dealers.
The report said “vast expenditure” had been spent on criminalisation and repressive measures.
“Repressive efforts directed at consumers impede public health measures to reduce HIV/AIDS, overdose fatalities and other harmful consequences of drug use,” it said.
The 19-member panel includes current Greek prime minister George Papandreou, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, British businessman Richard Branson and former US secretary of state George Shultz.
Other members include former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss, former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and former US Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker.
Editors Note: Just an idea, what if weed were legal. You could buy a foreclosure and grow some plants, make money on weed instead of renters. The house would go up in value based on the crop, not someones job. This also puts an end to the drug war with Mexico.
Legalization also puts an end to jailing the best and brightest in America. Creativity is a better driver of economic growth, than employing the hoards of brain-dead robots that the college system produces yearly.
Law Student Asshole Can’t Find Work; Sues the Shit out of Alma Mater
San Diego, California (HAHAJK) — In this tough economy you have to do what you can to survive.
While using the training she learned from law school, a former student is now suing the very school she graduated from due to her inability to find a job.
Oh, it’s not for much, just a measly $50 Million. That seems fair.
San Diegan Anna Alaburda graduated with honors from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008, and passed the bar on her first try, but claims she has been unable to find full-time work as an attorney for the past three years. She feels that somebody owes her something.
The school released a statement saying, “She is a very accomplished student, no doubt, but even with the greatest training in the entire world, if someone is an asshole, they’ll always be an asshole, and she is proving our point for us. Cased closed. Sorry, we had to say that.”
In the lawsuit, Alaburda claims the Thomas Jefferson School of Law falsified its post-graduate employment numbers. It’s a claim the school flatly denies, saying this lawsuit is about a much bigger debate.
“Most of her classmates thought she was an asshole too,” said Burt Kranberry, associate dean for student affairs at Thomas Jefferson. “Skills don’t mean anything if people hate you. Maybe she should sue herself.”
Alaburda claims no one will hire her and she wants a Ferrari.
“I went to law school, I deserve it. Who’s going to pay for my debt? I am better than everyone else. I have a law degree goddamnit!”
“If the purpose of the lawsuit is to let everyone know how big an asshole she is, than mission accomplished,” Kranberry added. “Guess who just got uninvited to the alumni mixers.”
editors note : entitlement or I just want what everyone else has.