Jun 3, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug War: The drug war comes full circle

An excellent column from a Canadian. Reviews the history of  both UN drug prohibition conventions (see our AMB page on this) and the failed efforts to get the UN, the US and other governments to listen to alternatives. Gotta love those Canandians - so sane!

The drug war comes full circle: "On Thursday, a panel of eminent persons released a report calling on the world's governments to dramatically change how they deal with illicit drugs. "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," concluded the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

It would be appalling if this were the first instance in which the UN and the world's governments ignored criticism, spent vast sums of money on the suppression of drugs, and refused to take responsibility for -or even acknowledge -abject failure. But it's not the first instance. Far from it.

The modern system of international drug control began 50 years ago, with the creation of the UN Convention which is still its foundation. There were critics in 1961, too. But they were dismissed as naysayers.

Years passed. The amount of money spent on the war on drugs soared. So did drug production, consumption, and distribution. Richard Nixon coined the phrase 'war on drugs' and further ramped up drug control efforts. The drug trade kept growing. Ronald Reagan launched his war on drugs. Things got worse.

On and on it goes."

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