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All you need to know about Baltimore strife (with video)
May 2nd, 2015 by Warren Swil

America’s most informed

expert reveals

roots of tragic events

America’s expert on the Baltimore strife David Simon.

To truly understand the recent tragic events in Baltimore, one need consult only America’s foremost expert on the thoroughly corrupt criminal justice system in that city – and others throughout the country.
Former Baltimore Sun police reporter and acclaimed television producer David Simon – who has since become a prominent crusader for an end to the “war on drugs” – minces no words.
“[The police are] an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy,” he said in an interview published April 29.
“The smartphone with its small, digital camera, is a revolution in civil liberties.”

Watch a video of Simon chatting with President Obama below the fold.


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Time to end ‘war on drugs,’ starting with marijuana

NYT’S CALL FOR LEGAL POT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH
While The New York Times’ prominent series of editorials calling for legalizing marijuana is laudable, it misses the real target.
The conversation should not start and end with pot. We need to mobilize in support of the proposition that substance abuse in general is not a matter for the criminal justice system at all.
Instead, it is a public health issue. Civilized countries have long moved in this direction. The US needs to evolve from incarcerating substance abusers to treating them.


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WAR ON DRUGS: Could beginning of the end be at hand?

COLORADO POT LEGALIZATION MAY BE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION
The beginning of legal cultivation and sales of marijuana in Colorado may be the most hopeful sign in America.
Many national initiatives begin at the state and local level (the minimum wage is another current example) and eventually work their way up to become federal law.
If the Colorado experiment proves to be a success, it may lead the way to a more sober view of drug policy first in other states and then, perhaps many years from now, at the federal level.
It is way past time to end the 40-year-old “war on drugs.”


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Those less fortunate: time for reflection

’TIS THE SEASON TO COUNT OUR BLESSINGS
As we endure the long mid-winter nights approaching the start of a new year, for many it’s useful to reflect on those less fortunate and count our blessings.
After all, isn’t that the true spirit of the seasonal holidays, however one celebrates them?
It is man’s inhumanity to man that is the cause of so much needless suffering. It’s time for us to focus on the more uplifting side of the human spirit, so we can renew our commitments to improve it rather than degrade it further.


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Proposed changes to drug policy a welcome development (with video)

HOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT MAY SIGNAL END TO ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ (with video)
Attorney General Eric Holder’s major policy announcement this morning on federal drug law policy is hugely significant.
It could herald a sea change in both the government’s attitude about drugs (how about calling off the battles against medical marijuana, for a start?) and the media’s coverage of the issue.
It is way past time for dumping the ineffective, expensive and cruelly discriminatory “war on drugs.”
WATCH A VIDEO HERE.


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Noted TV producer blasts ‘war on drugs’

THE CREATOR of one of America’s most acclaimed television shows – David Simon who produced the wire – blasted U.S. drug policy in a fabulous spread on page 3 of The Observer of the U.K. on Sunday.


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