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Washington Post: Time to End the War on Drugs

Snip from the Washington Post:

The prohibition on drugs leads to unregulated, and often violent, public drug dealing. Perhaps counterintuitively, better police training and bigger guns are not the answer.

When it makes sense to deal drugs in public, a neighborhood becomes home to drug violence. For a low-level drug dealer, working the street means more money and fewer economic risks. If police come, and they will, some young kid will be left holding the bag while the dealer walks around the block. But if the dealer sells inside, one raid, by either police or robbers, can put him out of business for good. Only those virtually immune from arrests (much less imprisonment) -- college students, the wealthy and those who never buy or sell from strangers -- can deal indoors....

Drug users generally aren't violent. Most simply want to be left alone to enjoy their high. It's the corner slinger who terrifies neighbors and invites rivals to attack. Public drug dealing creates an environment where disputes about money or respect are settled with guns.

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See also: Christian Science Monitor: Drug War Needs a Timeout

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Bravo Michael...keep this subject alive, as it's a "pivot-point"

of the NWO to "over-ride" the constitution & judicial law.

Prohibition is a crime...but it's a profitable one ! Keeps the jails / prisions full and the funds flowing into the troughers. Allows FDA thugs to break down your door...steal your children...and then ruin your life !!!

Amazing mileage on this fraud...that's to the ignorance and apathy of the general population. Afterall...the persecution was against "those Longhairs" and that was exceptable to the masses.

BUT ... now with the "broadening of the persecution" to other sectors of the citizenery to include just about everyone's "rights" ... folks are beginning to see what these immoral laws really mean to FREEDOM.

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A red-hot 1969 article.


No wonder the Old Gray Lady is gray. It took the Times forty years to finally wake up and smell the herb?

The Nation published a cover story some years ago: "The Drug War: We Lost." They were right. Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent in the war on drugs, even though we have the CIA to thank for the influx of Cocaine and, later, Crack.

So now the Times wants to stop the war on drugs? What are they, high?

Either way, it's big business

So who gets the money - the tax people from taxing pot? Or the DEA and other agencies who are paid to go after smugglers, dealers, etc.?

I don't see legalization (or decriminalization) coming any time soon. For Congressional leaders to vote to lift the ban would bring wrath from their constituants, particularly in middle America and the Bible Belt. New York, Massachusetts and California would be OK. California's drug laws are quite lax as far as pot is concerned.

But I am with Dr. Paul on this. Everything should be legal. If it kills you, that's your business. If you have a lovely time, that's your business too.

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Just more diversions...

to take our focus away from the true culprit. In any case when we finally do audit the fed everything they have done to deny us our liberties will be null and void. All wars will come to an end after a complete and independent audit of the fed.

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And we will all...

sing frickin' Kumbaya.

There is no magic bullet, but 90% of the police state is organized, funded and excused from it's horrible behavior by the drug war.

This battle is on many fronts, and just because there is one that you don't feel you need to be a part of, does not mean it is a distraction. There is an economic front, political, police, military, medical, etc...

Your idea that there is one magic bullet to fix all of the world's ills is naive and dangerous.

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Problem is that plenty of people want to control your lives

There are many people who think they believe in freedom and who at the same time think it is ok of the government to decide what substances you can buy, sell and ingest. I saw plenty of comments around the internet during the Republican primary that they liked much of what Ron Paul said, but would not vote for him because he was for drug legalization.

This drug issue is more than just people on their moral high horse deciding what is good for you. It goes to the whole health care issue and the control and licensing of drugs by government, which limits competition and creates outrageous drug prices. Illegal drugs are high priced and so are legal drugs because of government restriction of supply. And some of the restriction actually drives out life saving alternatives.

So I doubt that much will change in the drug arena. The holier-than-thou attitude from the right, and the intellectually superior attitude from the left is going to keep government in the middle of deciding what substances you can have and which you can't, no matter how much government involvement is harming us, morally, physically or financially.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

I got nothing from the WaPo article

What's important in the CSM is the quotes from Obama in Mexico giving support for the War on Drugs... That article was written Aug 11th.. today we see mexico has replaced border agents with troops.

Think the US will need a 911 to do the same? We should have a border war fight very soon.

Coming soon, gun confiscation from Americans to "save" Mexico.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

It's not even headline news

The US refused to put troops on the border to stop illegal immigration, and now we have Mexicans putting troops on the border, and ranting about Americans moving to Mexico... 1 million and growing.

War on drugs is a gateway to a prison planet isn't it?

Decriminalize. End the War on Drugs.

Help small families around the world grow food on small farms.
Drill for water for them. Grow cannabis/hemp. (food, medicine, raw material, oil) Plant orchards. End the war on drugs.
And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Why not legalize?

I'm confused by "decriminalize". I don't want it to be illegal at all.

Decriminalize means there are no punitive damages

To legalize, they regulate and make laws for you to break... Here in CA, medical marijuana is legal... you need a doctor's recomendation, which you can buy one for $250.00, and then you need to belong to a care group, co-op, dipensary, unless you grow and then you need tags, and a license...... It's all an investment and risk most people can't afford to take, and still they get busted for breaking the law... if it was decriminalized, there would be no laws to break.

Baby steps

Baby steps

Bump for honesty...

Bump for honesty...

great article

finally some pure logic from the main stream media.

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