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A commission made up of establishment figures including ex-Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, ex-GOP secretary of state George Shultz, and Virgin Group's Richard Branson has just issued a report declaring the nation's war on drugs, especially as it applies to Mexico, a failure.

"Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won," the report says.

"Law enforcement agencies and drug trafficking organizations can become embroiled in a kind of ‘arms race’, in which greater enforcement efforts lead to a similar increase in the strength and violence of the traffickers.

"In this scenario, the conditions are created in which the most ruthless and violent trafficking organizations thrive.

"Unfortunately, this seems to be what we are currently witnessing in Mexico and many other parts of the world."

Recommendation 3:

"Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs (with cannabis, for example) that are designed to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens"

We have the full report here:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2011/jun/02/war-drugs-report/

But members of the Obama Administration, including Customs head Alan Bersin of San Diego, quickly moved to dismiss the recommendations, as reported earlier today by Fox News:

"Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Making drugs more available -- as this report suggests -- will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe," Office of National Drug Control Policy spokesman Rafael Lemaitre told Fox.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/02/white-house-pushes-back-on-report-declaring-war-on-drugs-failure/#ixzz1O95lt3ct

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Comments

dregstudios June 2, 2011 @ 12:55 p.m.

The War on Drugs failed Billions of dollars ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it.

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JonBon June 2, 2011 @ 2:11 p.m.

Pot is extremely harmful. The Federal Drug Administration has studied smoked marijuana for over 30 years and concludes that it is a highly toxic, addictive, cancer-causing weed. There are 483 chemicals in marijuana and when smoked or ingested there are 4 to 5 times more tars and cancer causing agents than in tobacco cigarettes. In 2009, the California Office of Environmental Health and Assessment Science listed marijuana as a cause of cancer. Marijuana is also known to cause respiratory and reproductive problems, mental illness, birth defects and irreversible brain damage.

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Radical Uterus June 3, 2011 @ 5:21 a.m.

Take out the word POT and insert, paxil,avandia,vicodin,oxycontin,alcohol,tobacco,celexa,or any other drug or substance of choice. How about sugar, trans fat, and white refined flour, all known to cause diabetes, and contribute to heart disease.

I cringe when someone claims to be protecting me from something while ignoring the elephant in the room.

Lawyers are getting rich off of bad drugs. Pharmaceuticals passed onto the public and approved using biased studies.

P.S. Vaporization is a standard approved medical delivery system as well as ingestion. It is not necessary to smoke cannabis to become medicated. Smoking is a personal choice.

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dregstudios June 2, 2011 @ 5:14 p.m.

The War on Drugs failed Billions of dollars ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and download my FREE poster at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html

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Visduh June 6, 2011 @ 3:05 p.m.

These recommendations are based on the idea, not that the drugs are good or even harmless, but that this "war" cannot be won and is doing harm too. The panel does not say that full legalization and unrestricted use is the way to go; rather it says that there needs to be regulation and tools to safeguard health. The controversy is not a classic liberal vs. conservative one either. A very conservative thinker, the late William F Buckley, didn't like outright prohibition of drugs, and favored legalizing and decriminalizing them BECAUSE PROHIBITION WASN'T EFFECTIVE. Make sure you understand that he didn't like the drugs, didn't support their use, and was horrified at the damage they do to abusers. Be careful how you generalize this recommendation and its implications.

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