Congratulations to Illinois
for becoming the 20th state to
embrace Medical Marijuana. Yay!
The DENVER POST 6/3/2011 pg. 13a
Global panel calls drug war a failure
By Edith M. Lederer
NEW YORK>> A high-level international panel slammed
the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake
to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, to undermine the
power of organized crime.
Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the report
concludes that criminalization and repressive measures have failed with devestating
consequences around the world.
"Political leaders and public figures should have the courage
to articulate publicly what many of them ackowledge privately: that the evidence
overwhelmingly demonstrates that represssive strategies will not solve the
drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won, the report
The 19-member commission includes former presidents of Mexico,
Brazil and Columbia, Greece's prime minister, former U.N. Secretary General
Kofi Annan, former U.S. officials George Schultz and Paul Volcker, and British
billionaire Richard Branson. The commission urged governments to experiment
"with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power
of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens."
It said this recommendation applies especially to marijuana.
The DENVER POST 6/9/2011 pg 10a
Reports: The White House can't show money spent in
drug war helps
WASHINGTON>> The Obama administration is unable to show that
the billions of dollars spent in the war on drugs have significantly stemmed
the flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S., according to two govermnet reports
and outside experts.
The reports specifically criticize the growing use
of U.S. contractors, which were paid more that $3 billion to train local
and police, to help eradicate fields of coca, operate survaillance equipment
and otherwise battle the widening drug trade in Latin America in the past five
"We are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a prblem
without even knowing what we are getting in return," said Senator Claire McCaskill,
D-Mo., who chairs the Senate subcommittee that wrote one of the reports, which
was released Wednesday.
Administration officials strongly deny that U.S. efforts
have failed to reduce production or smuggling.
Tribune Co, Washington Bureau
Johnny "Marijuana" Seed; a legend whose time has
Thanks to our Constitutional
Rights and the miracle of the web...
we can expand our "grassroots" movement and do
our part locally
to spread the word... spread the seed... and, imagine the harvest!
We must get Congress to decriminalize marijuana
and stop perpetuating this gangland style hoodlum attitude
about a plant that has no business being a "controlled
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