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A former L.A. cop calls for legalizing drugs

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.)

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"(,,,)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.(...)"
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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
http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/05/18/straight-talk-war...

Really worth reading, even though some truths might been smoothed out in the interview.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0617-lopez-drugs-201...




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Ron Paul ... forever.

Straight talk about War on Drugs

"(...)WPJ: The prison system business seems to be very profitable in the United States. And you claim that discriminatory incarceration of Hispanics and African Americans is due to drug possession. With more people behind bars and more money being poured into prison maintenance, do you think that the prison system may become a hurdle in the struggle for drug regulation?

EN: The most powerful force defending the status quo is clearly the prison industrial complex. For example, CCPOA, the California prison guards union is perhaps the most powerful union in that state and a stark opponent of policy reform. When you read, for example, the annual statements of these private prison corporations, they point out that the greatest threat to future profits is that the drug policy reform movement may gain steam, and that tells you something.(...)"
http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/05/18/straight-talk-war...

Ron Paul ... forever.

WIKI about DEA

What I just added to that

What I just added to that wiki page:

The illegal drug trade is made possible by outlawing and restricting a good or service. Essentially, the DEA embodies the the primary cause of illegal drug trading and its’ surrounding violence by its very existence. The enforcement of federal drug policy forces all drugs schedules for DEA enforcement out of the open informational market and into underground marketplaces. The underground nature of these marketplaces makes disclosure requirements contractual obligations impossible. With both secrecy and lack of legal contractual obligations, grievances are no longer recognized under the law. With no possibility for legal redress, the participants who wish to engage in commerce may only enforce contractual agreements directly. It is this type of legal environment, which is known as a black market. The difficulty of direct enforcement in the black market creates a demand for someone to handle disputes through an alternative arbitrator. The ability of arbitrator’s enforcement capability is to establish legitimacy through recognition and reputation. Thus, competing arbitrators in black markets attempt to gain reputability through organization. Since these arbitrator organizations are not legally recognized, organizations materialize in the form of Street Gangs or Mafia labels. The DEA essentially cites the arbitrators' means of enforcement measures, which usually takes the form of intimidation, violence and or kidnapping as the primary byproduct of the good being exchanged, justifying continued measures to hunt sellers and buyers. Despite criticism for forcing participants into black markets and driving the violence surrounding drug trade by targeting all buyer and sellers, the DEA's position is that the very transaction is the cause of violence, and repeats for various occasions to have been successful at preventing violence and creating safer marketplace.

Damn, I should be paid to be a policy maker. Oh wait; that's right, I'm providing it for free, probably will upset the prisons industrial complex as well as the unions of police, DEA, and of course, the banks.

Thank you

Very interesting. Have you thought of adding this to WIKI content?

People do not realize how dangerous DEA is becoming to world's freedom in view of the developments of the war in Honduras and our military escalation there which is kept virtually secret from the public. Not mentioning not asking the Congress about it.

Ron Paul ... forever.