At this point, it's well established at that the War on Drugs has failed: its policies disproportionately target minorities, it has contributed to mass incarceration, and it has done little actually reduce drug use. It's time to change this country's attitude towards drug users.
Nothing happens overnight. The Broncos and Seahawks know this well after disappointing playoff losses last year. The teams worked hard to get to this point. The same can be said of CO and WA in reaching their recent drug policy reform milestones.
2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. Here are some of the top stories that made 2013 a watershed year in the fight to end America's longest failed war.
By continuing to not critically analyze the failure of our national drug policy and how it impacts the mentally ill and our homeless population, we invite other incidents such as this -- this is simply a more extreme example of what happens on the streets every day.
Why are some drugs legal and others illegal? Who are the people who make up the drug policy reform movement? What can be done about the violence in Mexico from the drug trade? How should society deal with heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs?
No mother should have to face what I've had to -- the death of a promising and cherished son. We need to hold drug courts accountable to protect everyone who needs them. No one should face punishment for seeking lifesaving treatment.
The mark of a successful drug policy should not be the amount of drugs intercepted or the number of people in jail, but rather the security and stability of the state's institutions, and the health and wellbeing of its citizens.