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Reality Wins Again: Summit Will Admit that 'War on drugs' has failed.
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04-09-2012, 09:09 AM #1
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Quote:A historic meeting of Latin America's leaders, to be attended by Barack Obama, will hear serving heads of state admit that the war on drugs has been a failure and that alternatives to prohibition must now be found.

The Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia is being seen by foreign policy experts as a watershed moment in the redrafting of global drugs policy in favor of a more nuanced and liberalized approach.

Otto Pérez Molina, the president of Guatemala, who as former head of his country's military intelligence service experienced the power of drug cartels at close hand, is pushing his fellow Latin American leaders to use the summit to endorse a new regional security plan that would see an end to prohibition. In the Observer, Pérez Molina writes: "The prohibition paradigm that inspires mainstream global drug policy today is based on a false premise: that global drug markets can be eradicated."

Pérez Molina concedes that moving beyond prohibition is problematic. "To suggest liberalisation – allowing consumption, production and trafficking of drugs without any restriction whatsoever – would be, in my opinion, profoundly irresponsible. Even more, it is an absurd proposition. If we accept regulations for alcoholic drinks and tobacco consumption and production, why should we allow drugs to be consumed and produced without any restrictions?"
Read More: guardian.co.uk
About time for some common sense here, certainly this phony war that was started in the Nixon era should have ended years ago. It's been a huge drain in terms of billions wasted, lives lost and has even allowed for the creation of new enemies, the drug cartels.
They would be out of business overnight with a few policy changes. The privatized labor camp/prison would become unprofitable and ultimately the amount of people incarcerated would fall in line with that of the rest of the world.
Obviously, there are a very few influential people in high places that make a lot of money from maintaining the status quo as is, but finally their days are numbered. Will be amusing to see the US try to still enforce those policies without the help of Latin American countries. It's already an epic failure as is.
04-09-2012, 09:29 AM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/201...-portugal/

04-09-2012, 09:39 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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There sure is a need for policy change, I know the cops around here wouldn't mind leaving pot smokers alone so they can focus on real crimes with real victims. gaah.gif
04-09-2012, 09:48 AM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Morning Octo hug.gif

In Afghanistan's fields the poppies grow
between the crosses row on row...

04-09-2012, 09:56 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Evening Shadow hug.gif

Yup, got to keep the business rolling. sad2.gif
04-09-2012, 10:22 AM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Morning Shadow! hug.gif
I read an interesting statistic. Back in the 30's when they instituted prohibition on drugs, there was 1.6% of the population hooked on drugs. These were the more hardcore drugs, heroin and coke, it's common knowledge nobody gets hooked on pot, and is a different story altogether.
At any rate since the 30's on with billions pissed away, lives lost, families ruined there is still 1.6% of the population hooked on heroin and coke. chuckle.gif
There are two groups this scam benefited, prisons and drug cartels. The US is no longer in a position where it can afford to ignore the facts and pretend to be on some pseudo moral high ground about all this.

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04-09-2012, 10:51 AM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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hug.gif Morning JR

Talk is cheap dunno.gif sheepsies want to be deceived.
04-09-2012, 11:00 AM #8
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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We demand deception! lmao.gif

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04-09-2012, 03:15 PM #9
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I wonder how they are going to spin all this?
04-09-2012, 03:33 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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The lame stream media is probably going to ignore it as much as possible coffeetime.gif
04-09-2012, 03:33 PM #11
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Good question. The Latin American countries are apparently not going to continue this, all it really does is pump money into the hands of criminals, and creates an Army for those governments to have to fight at the request of the US. 15.gif
How it will be dealt with State side is another matter entirely. It's really an issue on a State level to begin with. The citizens of each of the States just need to make up their minds if they want billions in tax revenue that a relaxing of the drug laws could provide, or ride their little morality dictator trains into the bankruptcy tunnel.

Woo-woo. coffeetime.gif

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04-09-2012, 05:22 PM #12
Kreeper Griobhtha
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It's only going to make this more profitable for the cartels. All of their money is made in other countries. (Mostly the US.) The only significance of those govts is that they cartels have to spend money to fight the military and police. Now they will not have to do that. Less overhead = more profits.

As I have said many times, drugs, especially cannabis, will never be legalized in the US. It doesn't matter how much you or I want it. Not only are there the profits of law enforcement/penal agencies, corporate prisons, lawyers and court systems, illegal drug sale are how the gov pays for black-op programs. Who are they paying? Corporations.

Follow the money. You and I are nothing but cash cows to them. They need the fake cash to keep the serfs happy so they will continue making it possible for them to seize all of the resources so they can gain complete control. It's a fiat reality.


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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
04-09-2012, 05:52 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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We watched this movie last night. coffeetime.gif The Veteran

04-09-2012, 06:00 PM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(04-09-2012, 05:22 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  It's only going to make this more profitable for the cartels. All of their money is made in other countries. (Mostly the US.) The only significance of those govts is that they cartels have to spend money to fight the military and police. Now they will not have to do that. Less overhead = more profits.

As I have said many times, drugs, especially cannabis, will never be legalized in the US. It doesn't matter how much you or I want it. Not only are there the profits of law enforcement/penal agencies, corporate prisons, lawyers and court systems, illegal drug sale are how the gov pays for black-op programs. Who are they paying? Corporations.

Follow the money. You and I are nothing but cash cows to them. They need the fake cash to keep the serfs happy so they will continue making it possible for them to seize all of the resources so they can gain complete control. It's a fiat reality.


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Good points, but if the US does not stand with the Latin American countries, they effectively turn over the power to the cartels. Fast and Furious just started to make sense for the first time. coffeetime.gif

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04-09-2012, 06:27 PM #15
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hmm.gif F & F does start to make sense now.



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