DEA to legalize marijuana chemical for Big Pharma but keep it a crime for everyone else
Have no illusions about the true nature of the so-called “War on Drugs” and the actions of the DEA. The War on Drugs has always been about protecting the profits of the drug companies which have a long and well-documented history of copying street drugs, repackaging them as “medications” and selling them to children as FDA-approved drugs. Read more…
Natural News 2011 February 24
5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results
In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections.
Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by using dirty needles to inject heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006, according to a report released recently by the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C, libertarian think tank.
Scientific American 2009 April 7
How to Defeat the Drug Lords
Quote of the day: “There are some general features of a socialist enterprise, whether it’s the Post Office, schools or the war on drugs. The enterprise is inefficient, expensive, very advantageous to a small group of people and harmful to a lot of people.” — Milton Friedman
The federal government’s Merida Initiative is a $1.6 billion program to “help” the Mexican government fight the drug cartels.
As you’ll see below, the results have been catastrophic. But Congress can help defeat the cartels and bring an end to this tragedy . . .
* without sending troops
* or more foreign “aid”
* while making your streets safer
* and saving the taxpayers tens of billions per year
Instead of supporting Mexico’s militarization of the Drug War, we can bankrupt the cartels.
We can do this by embracing our most cherished national values, individual liberty and personal responsibility.
If we end drug prohibition, the cartels will lose their obscene black-market profits which they use to terrorize both Mexico and the United States.
If you want . . .
* peace and stability in Mexico,
* with lower crime and more freedom in the U.S.,
* then please tell Congress to end the War on Drugs.
You may borrow from, modify, or copy this letter . . .
Drugs are not tearing Mexico apart, drug PROHIBITION is! As Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron notes: http://tinyurl.com/dmycbr
“Prohibition creates violence because it drives the drug market underground. This means buyers and sellers cannot resolve their disputes with lawsuits, arbitration or advertising, so they resort to violence instead. Violence was common in the alcohol industry when it was banned during Prohibition, but not before or after.”
The news of Prohibition-caused violence south of the border is quite sobering . . .
* 22,700 have died in Mexico’s War on Drugs since December, 2006 http://tinyurl.com/2dyya7u
* Which is FOUR TIMES the number of U.S. military deaths in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars since 2001 http://www.icasualties.org
* More and more Mexicans are fleeing to America, NOT to “seek a better life” but because they fear for their lives http://tinyurl.com/2dthkhu
* Violence is spreading to once-peaceful cities http://tinyurl.com/y8x9vth
* Tourism is plummeting, and charitable missions to Mexico have been cancelled
But there is hope. Paul Armentano of NORML shows how we can defeat the drug lords. He notes that . . . http://tinyurl.com/3ygpegl
* Between 60 and 70 percent of the profits reaped by Mexican drug lords are derived from the exportation and sale of cannabis to the American market
* 28 percent of their profits are derived from the distribution of cocaine
If Congress repealed federal drug prohibition laws . . .
* the narcotics business would move from the black market, governed by violence, to the open market governed by the rule of law
* which means that drug users could start purchasing from legitimate businesses
* drugs would be regulated and taxed by the states in pharmacies and drug stores, not purchased on the streets and school grounds
* drug abusers could be treated for their addictions just as we successfully do with alcohol and cigarettes
* prison crowding would end, providing room to keep true social threats behind bars
* drug pushers and street gangs would see their profits disappear
* and drug lords from Mexico to Afghanistan would be crippled by financial losses
America has enough problems. The last thing we need is for the chaos in Mexico to spread here. End drug prohibition in America now, and the Mexican drug lords will suffer a fatal blow.
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