The War on Drugs 40 years on

This Friday (17 June 2011) will mark the 40 years since American President Richard Nixon first used the term “War on Drugs”.

17 June 2011 will also mark approximately 2 weeks since the United Nation’s Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”

The greatest modern concession by a US President has been Barack Obama stopping the use of the phrase “War on Drugs”.

In forty years the “War on Drugs” has:

• Cost over $1,000,000,00 00,000.00 (one trillion dollars).

• 6.6 million people have HIV worldwide, mostly spread by a lack of harm reduction policies

• Resulted in access to illicit drugs get easier

• Seen the purity of illicit drugs improve

• Resulted in prices for illicit drugs getting cheaper

• Resulted in prison populations in some countries rising over 500 percent

• Seen over 40,000 Mexicans die as part of the formed cartels trying to control the drug market that feeds the United States of America. Not the war any law makers predicted!

• Seen the British Columbia cannabis ‘blackmarket’ valued at an estimated $7 billion each year

• Resulted in cannabis being the biggest cash crop in California, followed by grapes!

Nothing above has mentioned the estimated 16 Million drug users worldwide. Many of these people carry communicable diseases that are, on the whole, not properly treated because of drug policies. It is time to take the distorted morals out of the “War on Drugs”. And restore citizens Human Rights.

Ending the “War on Drugs” would:

• Stop organised crime and cartels overnight. Currently estimated at $320 Billion per year

• Reduce the up-take of drugs by youth • See drug abusers treated as a health issue, the same as alcoholics

• Reduce the amount of crime

• Reduce the spread of disease

• End pointless wars

• Reduce the excessive number of people in prisons, therefore improving the effectiveness and efficiency of police and courts

For more information:

Paul Cubitt President 0416 167 227

Greg Denham Secretary 0424 955 487

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Australia.

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