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The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken Bert McCracken Huffington Post Although Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, we must look to an economic and historic analysis of anti-drug laws in the U.S. to put the “war” into context. In the late 18th and well into the 19th century, before the drug-conviction craze, the issue of addiction was […]

Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report

Abby Haglage 05.05.14 Daily Beast The ‘singular approach’ to fighting drug abuse isn’t working—and it’s time for a change, says a new report produced by the London School of Economics. What they suggest, in five steps. In an 81-page report released Monday evening, the best and brightest minds in the economic drug policy world send […]

Comment: How much does the war on drugs cost you?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:17 AM 4 Politics.co.uk Jason Reed Vienna recently played host to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), but the tone of this year’s event was noticeably different to previous sessions. For many years the dialogue of ‘to legalise or not to legalise’ has been wholly hypothetical and taboo, but this year […]

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

MAR 11, 2014 Ladybud Dean Becker For fifteen years, I have sought the most knowledgeable people on the planet to discuss the policy of Drug War. I’ve interviewed more than a thousand congressmen, scientists, doctors, all kinds of politicians, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police chiefs and priests. I’ve invested more than 30 thousand hours investigating […]

No solution, no end, and no hope in sight for American war on drugs

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Noah Buyon Georgetown Voice We Americans love our wars. There are literal ones (The War on Terror), metaphorical ones (The War on Poverty), and downright silly ones (The War on Christmas). While we haven’t won any of these wars per se, I think the argument can be made that […]

A fool’s errand: LePage’s enforcement-centric war on drugs

By Bruce Campbell, Special to the BDN Posted Feb. 13, 2014, at 12:02 p.m. Fourteen additional Drug Enforcement Agency agents, four new drug prosecutors, four new drug court judges. This is Gov. Paul LePage’s response to the $1.4 billion drug problem in the state of Maine. As the saying goes, insanity is doing the same […]

EUGENE ROBINSON: Shifting the balance of power in the war on drugs

The Lowell Sun POSTED: 02/05/2014 06:34:24 AM ESTValley Dispatch Opinion WASHINGTON — Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is yet another victim of the war on drugs. Prohibition is not working. It is time to try something new. Hoffman, 46, was found dead in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning, apparently the victim of […]

The US war on drugs and its legacy in Latin America

David Huey in Bogotá Guardian Professional, Monday 3 February 2014 06.58 EST The legacy of the US-funded war on drugs in Latin America is profound even as its impact has been temporary and geographically limited. Since the 1970s, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars attempting to dismantle drug cartels in Latin America. […]

Is the War on Drugs Over?

By JEFFREY A. MIRON 1/27/2014 Harvard Crimson In December 2013, Uruguay legalized marijuana, Earlier, in 2012, Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana under the laws of their states, and 21 additional states and the District of Columbia have now decriminalized or allowed medical use of marijuana. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001, and the Netherlands has […]

War on drugs wrong approach

BY JORDON COOPER, THE STARPHOENIX JANUARY 27, 2014 Unlike politicians who are riding high in the polls, I have never used pot, or any other illegal drug for that matter. That puts me out of touch with voters both north and south of the border, which more or less is the story of my life. […]