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End the Drug War

What is your take on the drug war?

I am convinced that we would benefit hugely by changing course on our war on drugs and moving towards an approach based on regulation, taxation, treatment, and education. Below are some people and organizations who are rethinking what our policy toward drugs should be going forward. These people include former presidents from around the world, a former US Secretary of State, a former UN Chair, current and former law enforcement officials, academics, and students. This is serious business, and I am glad that high profile people are throwing their weight behind changing our approach for the better. But in order to change our policies, we need everyone to learn about the issues and get involved.

Useful Links:

Global Commission on Drug Policy

Drug Policy Alliance

LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy

Mark Kleiman

On the musical front, check this video out about the militarization of our drug policy. Warning: contains disturbing footage of SWAT raids.

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  • Drug Policy Links | jonnygoldstein.com // Jun 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    [...] Here is a page of links I put together to resources for people interested in rethinking the drug war. [...]

  • Envizualize Events: Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh June 30 and Envizualizing Your Neighborhood July 7 // Jun 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    [...] I will be giving a talk called “The War on Sugar” accompanied by my own hand-drawn illustrations. The talk is a thought experiment musing about what would happen if we banned sugar the way we banned a variety of other substances like cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine. After all, sugar is very bad for us—over 71,000 people in the USA had diabetes listed as the cause of death in 2007. In the same year over 161,000 death certificates listed diabetes as a contributing factor, and surely over consumption of sugar was a contributor to many of those deaths. But would we want to criminalize consumption and production of sugar? Hmmm….Yes, okay, this is a thinly disguised indictment of the War on Drugs. For links to resources where you can learn more check here. [...]

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