Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM
On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge.
Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong.
See also: Here's How America's Love Of Methamphetamine Helped Create The Hellish Mexican Drug War >
The marijuana legalization debate is now in the parliamentary pipeline in Uruguay, and what would be unthinkable in the US, majority and opposition parties agree on the failure of drug prohibition.
Guatemalan President Perez Molina will propose a global debate about drug legalization at the 76th UN assembly in New York on September 26.
The OAS (Organization of American States) is funding a feasibility study of legalization. It is anybody’s guess of what will be left of the committee’s recommendations after its report has been revised by the US and Canadian censors.
Drug policy will also take front stage at the 22nd Ibero-America Summit, November 16 – 17 2012 in Cadiz, Spain.
Meanwhile, drug use and possession for personal use has been decriminalized throughout the region, or is in the process of decriminalization.
The petition is addressed to Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Co-Chairman of the Commission of Presidential Debates, asking him to include a question about marijuana in the presidential debate. It is outrageous that the presidential candidates keep ignoring an issue that has been causing so much damage for so long, and that is costing tens of trillions of dollars to the US tax-payer every single year.
Still, Obama laughs about the issue and Romney angrily refuses to even talk about it. 60,000+ deaths in Mexico alone is not a joke!
Millions of lives destroyed by drug convictions, the vast majority African-America or Latino, are not a prank! Drug prohibition is a man-made disaster that has been spreading mayhem and chaos over the planet for the past 100 years. The 41 years old War on Drugs has failed. It is time to pull the plug on it and look for more sustainable alternatives.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia representing over a third of the U.S. population have legalized the use of marijuana when recommended by a physician. Six states have marijuana initiatives on their November ballots (three legalization and three medical marijuana). $20 billion is spent each year ensnaring over 850,000 Americans in the criminal justice system. Thousands of deaths occur on the Mexican border every year. Countless more die in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Even peaceful Costa Rica is affected.
What other issue impacts so many Americans at such a staggering cost in dollars and lives and is so completely sidelined? Yet the only thing President Obama and challenger Romney seem to agree on is to NOT talk about marijuana.
Press Release | 10/13/2011 Former NYPD Detective Testifies that Police Regularly Plant Drugs on Innocent People to Meet Arrest Quota
DPA Statement: Drug War Corrupts Police, Ruins Lives, Destroys Trust Between Law Enforcement and Community
Stephen Anderson, a former NYPD narcotics detective, testified yesterday that he regularly saw police plant drugs on innocent people as a way to meet arrest quotas. Mr. Anderson is testifying under cooperation with prosecutors after he was busted for planting cocaine on four men in a bar in Queens. "It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators," said Anderson.
"One of the consequences of the war on drugs is that police officers are pressured to make large numbers of arrests, and it's easy for some of the less honest cops to plant evidence on innocent people," said Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance. "The drug war inevitably leads to crooked policing – and quotas further incentivize such practices."
The NYPD has also come under heat recently for arresting more than 50,000 people last year for low-level marijuana offenses – 86% of whom are black and Latino – making marijuana possession the number one offense in the City. Most of these arrests are the result of illegal searches by the NYPD, as part of its controversial stop-and-frisk practices. Marijuana was decriminalized in New York State in 1977 – and that law is still on the books. Smoking marijuana in public or having marijuana visible in public, however, remains a crime. Most people arrested for marijuana possession are not smoking in public, but simply have a small amount in their pocket, purse or bag. Often when police stop and question a person, they say "empty your pockets" or "open your bag." Many people comply, even though they're not legally required to do so. If a person pulls mari¬juana from their pocket or bag, it is then "open to public view." The police then arrest the person.
Last month, in a rare admission of NYPD wrongdoing, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ordered all officers to stop charging people with misdemeanor marijuana violations based on improper searches.
Breaking the taboo: Massive global campaign for drug policy reform
The Beckley Foundation is getting ready to launch a global campaign for drug policy reform in conjunction with AVAAZ, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a broad alliance of reform activists organizations from all over the world (http://www.breakingthetaboo.info/). The campaign will be launched together with the release of a major documentary “Breaking the Taboo”. They intend to collect millions of signatures.
Breaking the Taboo supporters includes Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, ex -US presidents Clinton and Carter, ex Mexican presidents Ernesto Zedillo and Vicente Fox, and former heads of states from Latin America and Europe.
The War on Pot Is Both Insanely Racist and Insanely Expensive, New Report Says |Jun. 4, 2013 10:12 am
Across the United States--north, east, south, west--blacks are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. That's the conclusion of a new ACLU report that compares arrest data from 945 counties across the country.
"In 2010, the Black arrest rate for marijuana possession was 716 per 100,000, while the white arrest rate was 192 per 100,000," the ACLU says. That national disparity is reflected (to varying degrees) at the local level, "regardless of whether Blacks make up 50% or 5% of a county’s overall population." Blacks were more likely than whites to be arrested for pot in 908 of the 945 counties for which the ACLU crunched data. And that disparity--as you can see in the chart at right--has actually gotten worse over the years.
Clock's ticking: 46 years and counting in failed drug war
The Drug Enforcement Administration has told us that before we started the war on drugs in 1970, they estimated that around 4 million people above the age of 12 had used an illicit drug (2 percent of that population).
Today the DEA tells us we have 121 million people above the age of 12 who have used an illicit drug (46 percent of today's population). When we started the drug war in 1970, we measured our largest individual seizures in pounds. Today we measure them in tons.
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