Some think drug courts are the utopian answer to both drug use problems and over-incarceration. Drug courts are part of a kinder, gentler drug war. Mind your manners, pass clean urine screenings, and everyone wins. The reality is much different.
Washington has more than a "shared responsibility" in the mayhem that afflicts Mexico and Central America. President Obama should not only discuss drug violence in Mexico and Central America, but also listen to alternatives to the war in drugs such as that of President Pérez Molina.
Good drug policy is good AIDS policy. Drug users and sex workers benefit more from services than from beatings and prison. And as law enforcement officials committed to protecting the public, we can support public health.
What possible point does it make to threaten a local sheriff or even a state attorney general with 20 years in prison for writing and implementing sane regulations for medical marijuana?
Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our nation's drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue.
Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) today introduced a bill to authorize federal judges to depart below a mandatory minimum prison term in cases where the minimum sentence is not necessary to protect public safety.
Why does Mark, like many of today's American black market cannabis farmers, dread the above-ground acceptance of his industry?
I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.
For 42 years, we have waged war against our own people that we have disguised as the "War on Drugs." All of this can be challenged and changed. Yet it is with a renewed sense of urgency that we must speak out and build an effective movement.
Our nation is making a treacherous tradeoff: wasteful spending on an ineffective "War on Drugs" at the expense of the youth, families, and working folks who are the engine of a thriving economy.
Instead of adopting a get tough approach, a smarter approach should be made that will invest public resources into educating the public about the use of drugs and provide treatment options to fight addiction.
Want to cut something like $850 billion from the next 10 years of budgeting? End the War. There's a novel budget-cutting idea, eh, folks? The Drug War has now cost us roughly the same amount as the Iraq War, to put it in context -- $2 trillion each.
Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.
Nowhere is the human toll of our American consumption more obvious than in the United States/Mexico border region. And nowhere is the border nightmare more clearly visible than in Ciudad Juárez. Also obvious is the passion and resilience of the residents.
I try, for even a moment, to imagine what that must be like, to write in daily fear of harassment and death over... what? Revealing harsh truths everyone already knows? Exposing realities few in the world seem to care about anymore?
The International Narcotics Control Board describes itself as a "quasi-judicial" group of experts charged with monitoring compliance with international drug control treaties, but the report's drug war bias and egregious omissions makes us wonder who is judging the judges.