USA -- You realise it's time to pay consideration when liberals and conventionalist begin to voice the several thought: How much longer can we afford to cure marijuana as a adventurous drug?
Obama's new drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, pointed that we are necessary to stop looking at our drug problem as a war. "Despite of how you try to represent to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on outputs ,'" he told the Wall Street Journal, "people look war as a war on them. We're not at struggle with those in this country."
The push to legalize marijuana has been promoted by liberal groups for decades. But as state and federal government's looks for ways to cut costs and raise revenues, conservatives are chiming in. The coating story of the March 7 matter of the Economist magazine laid out an satement for ending the entire war on drugs. The magazine pointed out that, despite all of the eradication efforts, the number of people using illegal drugs has not decreased in the last 10 years.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder made a statement that the federal government is not going to investigate and incriminate traffickers of medical marijuana who manages in accordance with state law in the 13 states where voters have made it legal. According to Holder his department has a good mind to preclude the indignant and detrimental rendering of judicial decision inequality between crack and powder cocaine.
And while on the campaign trail, President Obama called for repealing the ban on federal funding for anti-AIDS programs that supply clean needles to drug users. Simply a week later the Attorney General said there would be no additional medical marijuana raids; the DEA raided a registered medical marijuana station in California.
Further, it pointed , the United States spends $40 billion and captured 1.5 million people a year in an ventureto reduce illegal drug consumption. Keeping one prisoner in jail costs approximately $30,000 a year, and about half of the people in jail today are there because of drug offenses.
U.S. drug policies are doing criminal gangs rich distantly belief and helping to disturb stability countries around the world. It is now almost suicidal to be a police officer in Mexico, where officers are assassinated with impunity by drug lords -- violence that is spilling into the United States. Afghanistan's warlords -- as well as the Taliban, which has moved into parts of Pakistan -- support their troops with profits from opium sales.
(To be honest , during inquiry, Holder pointed he and the president both favored operating away with the crack/powder inequality and pointed that Justice would even regarder doing away with compulsory minimums assemblage . But why the initial equivocation and the use of the very familiar needs-further-review dodge?)
Is the Obama administration really committed to a fundamental shift in America's approach to drug policy or is this about serving up a kinder, gentler drug war?
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pointed for "an open discussion " and careful study of suggestion to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. Previous Mexican President Vicente Fox has also compelled renewing the debate, pointing that he isn't confirmed taxing and treating drugs is the answer but "why not argue it?" Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, saying to manifest that Mexican drug cartels draw 60 to 80 percent of their year income from pot, presented legalization might be an terminative tool to struggle Mexican drug traffickers and American gangs.
And, in a major shift in the global drug policy debate, a Latin American commission, headed by the former presidents Fernando Cardoso of Brazil, Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, and Cesar Gavaria of Colombia issued a devastating report condemning America's 40-year war on drugs.
In the United States, organized crime is responsible for most of the drug trade. These are the same kinds of gangs that made it rich bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition in the early 20th century. It should be clear by now that outlawing something only makes people want it more.
Proponents of marijuana legalization claim that instead of fighting its use with courts and prisons, the government should legalize it, tax it and educate people about its effects, just as is done with cigarettes and alcohol. Instead of losing $40 billion a year, they point , the U.S. could be gaining $40 billion a year in taxes.
And in Congress, Sen. Jim Webb has presented legislation, with co-sponsors from each sides of the aisle, to develop a blue-ribbon commission to test criminal justice and drug directions and how they have direct to our nation's jam-packed bridewell -- now filled with tens of thousands of nonviolent drug trespassers.
" In the United States, ordinated crime is answerable for most of the drug trade. These are the equal kinds of gangs that create it rich bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition in the early 20th century. It should be evident by now that proscriptioning something only creates people want it more.
Protagonists of marijuana authorization claim that instead of struggling its use with tribunal and prisons, the administretion should legalize it, tax it and foster people about its influence , just as is done with cigarettes and alcohol. Instead of spending $40 billion a year, they say, the U.S. could be making $40 billion a year in taxes.
As with the regulation of Wall Street, real reform of our nation's drugs policies won't happen without someone in the administration making it a top priority. The jury is still out on Kerlikowske. His law compulsion background could assist him the drug war equivalent system of Tim Geithner -- too muffled in the system he is overworked with overhauling.
Decriminalization also would permit more study on its medical gains .
There are, sattements against de-criminalization . Children still have too easy access to cigarettes and alcohol. Who wishes to add authorised marijuana to that mingle ? There are solicitude about marijuana directing to "harder" drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine-- the kinds of drugs that number for most of the drug-related prison amercement.
There are pretty of facts, myths and inquietude on both cases of the issue, but that doesn't presuppose we should ignore it. And just because we have proclaimed it for 50 years, does not presuppose that we have to continue operating so for the next 50 years. As support for legalizing "possession of small amounts for personal use" grows -- a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week showed 46 percent of Americans support that -- it is time for a national discussion about America's drug policies. With three-quarters of the drug offenders clogging our state prisons there for nonviolent offenses -- and a disproportionate number of those young men of color -- the time has come to wage a full-scale war on the war on drugs.