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The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. albert.jpgFor nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.
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Headline: Feb.6.08 – British Columbia, Canadaun.jpgWe Can’t Win Drug War With Just Police: ForumDelegates Work To Revise UN Drug Policy
* excerpt -“A United Nations forum on drug policy yesterday agreed that “over-reliance on law enforcement” causes deaths, fuels crime and unfairly targets “poor people of colour.” Former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen said after the Beyond 2008 conference in Vancouver that “drug-policy reform won the day because most rational people on the front lines realize that the war on drugs has been a miserable failure.” The conference drew about 80 delegates from all over North America and is one of several being held worldwide before a drug-policy discussion slated for Vienna this July.”

pax2.jpgFinally, we may be seeing a crack in the fortress of the War on Drugs, a modern day prohibition grinding on for forty years –  fueling gangland violence, lack of respect for the law and abdication of control to the multilevel marketers of organized crime. As with alcohol prohibition, users of drugs, both illegal and legal, are subjected to tainted, contaminated products, outside the realm of quality control and regulation.

wrld21.jpgFor years, the goal of UN Drug Policy has been the eradication of Cannabis (marijuana) and other natural entheogens from the face of the planet, tearing bonds of herbal medical and spiritual traditions going back thousands of years in cultures all over the world.Unfortunately, the folly and failure of this policy has not been benign, with collateral damage on many levels. Hopefully, the forums leading up to the Vienna meeting in July will sweep away old ways of thinking.

An encouraging sign comes from the appearance of  Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the Drug Policy Alliance conference in New Orleans last fall. Antonio-Maria Costa addresses the DPA conference Part 1

The UN “Drug Czar” hoped we can all agree on five points:

1.The importance of health and security as concerns of society. 2. The need for harm reduction. 3. The assurance that drug policy is based on evidence, not politics or ideology. 4. The dichotomy of prohibition/legalization is too simplistic. 5. That regulation of all addictive drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, is necessary.

Still, the Czar concluded that relaxing drug policy for illegal drugs would only exacerbate the problem of addiction – certainly an overly simplistic viewpoint , leaving the impression that the UNODP has no intention of serious change in drug policy.

Ethan Nadelmann, Executive of the Drug Policy Alliance discusses practical reforms, like decriminalization of marijuana, on a TV show in New Orleans after the conference. New Orleans Meets Drug Policy Reform

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