Nov 8, 2011

Drug Legalization: America's self-defeating 'war on drugs'

An OpEd in the British newspaper, the Guardian, by Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight centre for digital media entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite school of journalism and mass communication. "What's sad, but predictable in the current political environment, is the way the Obama White House has felt obliged to ignore its previously semi-enlightened position on drugs, of seeing abuse much more as a medical than law-enforcement issue. Now, Obama is just another in the long line of presidents prosecuting the cynical and counterproductive "war on drugs".

... The anti-drug warriors ... are well-meaning hypocrites, at best. They refuse to ask the only question that matters: would society be better- or worse-off with legalised drugs, compared with conditions today?" read more

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