Ending the War on Drug Users by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
April 17, 2012

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On April 8, 2012, our esteemed Editor/Publisher at BuzzFlash@Truthout, my good friend Mark Karlin, published a column entitled “The US War on Drug Cartels in Mexico Is a Deadly Failure” (1). In his column he noted that: “Approximately 50,000 or more Mexicans have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a so-called war on drug cartels. (In a recent appearance in Toronto, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta claimed 150,000 people have died in the drug war in Mexico, but the timeline Panetta was referring to was unclear, as was the origin of the figure he cited.).” Mark went on to say: Continue reading

Police Captain Says Legalize ALL Drugs

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April 27, 2010 — Retired police captain Peter Christ talks about the need to legalize and regulate all drugs in a live TV interview. Peter is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), which any citizen can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com

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Red State Update: Legalize Drugs, Save Mexico

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Jackie and Dunlap’s solution to the Mexican drug wars. Well, Dunlap’s, at least.

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Ron Paul: It’s Time To End Prohibition Of Marijuana!

America’s Dehumanizing Prisons by Sherwood Ross

Barack Obama drops ‘war on drugs’ rhetoric for needle exchanges

US military to help Mexican drug war

Justice Department will stop medical marijuana raids, Attorney General says + Massive drug sweep nets 750 arrests

Obama’s marijuana prohibition acid test by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

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by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
January 14, 2009

The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade.

Marijuana prohibition is a core cause of many of the nation’s economic problems. It now costs the U.S. tens of billions per year to track, arrest, try, defend and imprison marijuana consumers who pose little, if any, harm to society. The social toll soars even higher when we account for social violence, lost work, ruined careers and damaged families. In 2007, 775,137 people were arrested in the U.S. for mere possession of this ancient crop, according to the FBI’s uniform crime report.

Like the Prohibition on alcohol that plagued the nation from 1920 to 1933, marijuana prohibition (which essentially began in 1937) feeds organized crime and a socially useless prison-industrial complex that includes judges, lawyers, police, guards, prison contractors, and more.

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