Losing the war on drugs

Excellent piece on Al Jazeera

Referenced in that piece is an important new documentary: “Breaking the Taboo” — which opened last week in Brazil and was also shown at the Global Commission press conference last week. It was filmed in eight countries and has been getting a lot of publicity in Brazil, but I hope that it’ll make its way here as well.

Here is the official trailer (English version)

If you can’t control drug use in a maximum security prison, how can you control drugs in a free society? – Anthony Papa

“There are a lot of things that I would have done differently. I think that my opposition to needle exchange and medical Marijuana when I was president, both were wrong.”

“To think of it as society’s war is a little bit misleading, as if there were a military solution. And you know I have experience with this including personal experience I had a brother who was addicted to cocaine, so I know allot about this”

“Well, obviously, if the expected result was that we are have to eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narcotraffic networks, it hasn’t worked” – President Bill Clinton

“There is a clear proof in our country of a racial discrimination in laws that apply to criminalizing the use of narcotics” – President Jimmy Carter

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