A former L.A. cop calls for legalizing drugsSubmitted by Key Largo 1948 on Sun, 06/17/2012 - 02:36
I recommend this newest LAT article - not too long but contains all the basics that the public should know about the war on drugs.
"War on drugs is about WAR. Drugs are for its victims". (anon.)
"(,,,)When Downing talks about legalizing drugs, he means we should "legalize, regulate and control" illicit substances. But he isn't referring only to marijuana, even though he finds it illogical that marijuana is illegal while alcohol and tobacco — proven killers — are perfectly legal. He's talking about legalizing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, the whole underground kaleidoscope.
With all those drugs, Downing said, "prohibition is not the answer and it will never be the answer, because it does not and will not work." About five years ago he was recruited by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates for drug policy reform that would treat addiction as more of a health issue and divert savings to better uses.(...)"
From Straight Talk About The War On Drugs:
"WPJ: In 2004, before Barack Obama became president he said, “we need to rethink the way we operate the drug war” and opposed its legislation. And eight years later at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena [Columbia] now President Obama used the same rhetoric, *and there was no consensus on drug [de]criminalization in the final declaration*. What are your thoughts on that?"
(...)" Emphasis mine KL
Really worth reading, even though some truths might been smoothed out in the interview.