Tuesday, April 25, 2006

EXTRA EXTRA: The Drug War has failed!

A few snippits from three great articles exposing different aspects of the failed War on Drugs:

Rocky Mountain News
exposes the FDA's politicized, hypocritical statement regarding medical marijuana:
"They're terribly afraid of such research, because any serious scientific study of the subject is going to reveal how little basis there is for their claims. Continuing to demonize marijuana is the key to the drug war, and the drug war pays the salaries of a lot of people." [MPP's Bruce Mirken]
Advertising Age exposes the failure of the Drug Czar's propaganda campaign:
"The ads are very silly and act more as a comic relief than to curb drug use. I actually think the ads make kids aware of drugs that they might not have been exposed to and I think they pique their curiosity."

[snip]

"...if ever a campaign cried out for a smart, targeted, non-broadcast approach-instead of dumb messages dropped with 'media weight'-this is it,"
And finally, the University of Illinois student newspaper, the Daily Illini, University of Connecticut student newspaper, the Daily Campus, presents a compelling argument for the need to end marijuana prohibition:
The legalization of marijuana is by no means a new or shocking concept. What does continue to be shocking, however, is our government's unwillingness to re-evaluate its drug policies and recognize the inefficiency and unfairness of imposing such unreasonable punishments. Decriminalization of the drug state by state is a start but it should lead to legalization.

Our society and government have wasted enough resources. It is time to solve this "drug problem" and focus on more important priorities.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

Actually, legalizing methamphetamines makes more sense than legalizing marijuana. Even after decades of criminalization, marijuana users are a blip on the crime scene. The grow houses pose far fewer health hazards than meth labs. You can only mess up your life to a limited extent no matter how obsessive your are with smoking pot. Legalize pot and other than a small portion of pot users and those who profit from illegal trafficking, nobody will notice. However, if you legalize meth, we solve a HUGE social problem - at least in those neighborhoods where meth labs persist and crime is rampant.
The bottom line is that whenever you have prohibition there will always be people who will exploit this for big money. The irony is that the "potential for abuse" standard usually translates into the fact that those drugs listed high on DEA priorities will cause far more problems criminalized than regulated. It's a self fulfilling prophecy when you criminalize them.
Of course a side effect of criminalization is that drugs in general become more expensive and the restricted market works poorly for the sick and suffering.