Report: Global war on drugs is failing – CNN.com

Report: Global war on drugs is failing – CNN.com.

And the award for political broken record of the week goes to…this article!

One tidbit of info that might be somewhat surprising from the piece:

Prices fell despite a general increase in seizures and a fall in production of some illegal substances, the study added.

Basic economics would say it is not normal for supply to fall along with the price but this is probably an indication of illegal drugs getting increased competition from prescription drugs.  Other factors probably play a role as well but one would have to assume prescription drugs are a major part of the reason for the abnormality.

But certainly the most important aspect to listen to comes from one of the researchers that produced the report:

“We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts, and consider drug use a public health rather than a criminal justice issue,” added Wood. (Emphasis added)

Hopefully, it is only a matter of time until this mentality takes over and a rational addressing of drugs (both legal and illegal) occurs in the United States.

Biggest blow to Mexico drug cartels? It could be on your state ballot. – CSMonitor.com

Biggest blow to Mexico drug cartels? It could be on your state ballot. – CSMonitor.com.

U.S. drug policy continuing to evolve.
U.S. drug policy continuing to evolve.

An important issue on the ballot for just a few states but the implications for drug policy across the United States in the future are tremendous.  The article points out the effects on the drug cartels at this time are not as big as they may seem but it is a step in the right direction to stem the violence in Latin America in the long run.  It is also an incremental move in the U.S. toward the seemingly inevitable legalization of marijuana nationwide.  As the public sees the effect on these states is not as bad as perceived and, in fact, is in many ways positive (similar to the medicinal use of pot), more legalization of the drug will occur and quite a few problems will be alleviated in America, such as the incarceration of non-violent criminals and the massive cost that has on communities and the prison system.  As time goes on, many of the myths surrounding marijuana use will be put to rest for good and we will be able to focus on more important issues in the area of drug policy.