A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US By Clive Crook (updated) (videos + poll)

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Update: April 14, 2009 added video and poll

By Clive Crook
April 12, 2009 “Financial Times

How much misery can a policy cause before it is acknowledged as a failure and reversed? The US “war on drugs” suggests there is no upper limit. The country’s implacable blend of prohibition and punitive criminal justice is wrong-headed in every way: immoral in principle, since it prosecutes victimless crimes, and in practice a disaster of remarkable proportions. Yet for a US politician to suggest wholesale reform of this brainless regime is still seen as an act of reckless self-harm.

Even a casual observer can see that much of the damage done in the US by illegal drugs is a result of the fact that they are illegal, not the fact that they are drugs. Vastly more lives are blighted by the brutality of prohibition, and by the enormous criminal networks it has created, than by the substances themselves. This is true of cocaine and heroin as well as of soft drugs such as marijuana. But the assault on consumption of marijuana sets the standard for the policy’s stupidity.


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April 13, 2009 CNN

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Note: replaced video Sept. 17, 2011

95% Of CNN Viewers Want Marijuana Legalized!

on May 21, 2009



Do you think the United States should legalize drugs?

No way

Yes, all drugs

Only marijuana


results 4.14.09 2:00 PM CDT:

No way 7% 110
Yes, all drugs 49% 753
Only marijuana 43% 660
Total Votes: 1523

This is not a scientific poll


Poll: Should Drugs Be Legal?


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