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Time to end ‘war on drugs,’ starting with marijuana
Aug 3rd, 2014 by Warren Swil

NYT’s bold call

for legal pot doesn’t

go far enough

TV producer David Simon is a prominent crusader for an end to the war on drugs.

In a bold and prominent series of editorials, The New York Times has this week been calling for federal legalization of marijuana.
It is a courageous position and has sparked a national discussion about a topic bubbling up from the states.
But, alas, it doesn’t go far enough.
The 40-year war on drugs is the most corrupt federal policy ever, and it has a corrupting influence on almost everyone it touches.
The conversation should not start and end with pot. It should encompass the more fundamental 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. Not only would this be more humane, it also would save money and lives.


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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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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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