A discussion on the war on drugs and drug decriminalization and legalization

Military relations As part of its Plan Colombia program, the United States government currently provides hundreds of millions of dollars per year of military aidtraining, and equipment to Colombia, [] to fight left-wing guerrillas such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EPwhich has been accused of being involved in drug trafficking. DynCorpthe largest private company involved, was among those contracted by the State Department, while others signed contracts with the Defense Department. Author Grace Livingstone has stated that more Colombian SOA graduates have been implicated in human rights abuses than currently known SOA graduates from any other country. Inthe Clinton administration initially waived all but one of the human rights conditions attached to Plan Colombia, considering such aid as crucial to national security at the time.

A discussion on the war on drugs and drug decriminalization and legalization

Other issues Illicit drugs: It attracts criminal organizations because the potential profits are significantly more than from other criminal commodities: As the report notes p. It is also a global issue because profits [from illicit drugs] accrue to a wide range of actors, from poor rural farmers to affluent urban dealers.

But, in many instances, the single most profitable sector of the market is the process of transporting the drugs internationally. The funds raised by trafficking groups can be used to underwrite other criminal activity and even political insurgency.

The UN estimates that some million people 4. Back to top Legal and Illegal Drugs A lot of effort goes into tackling illegal drugs, but there are some legal drugs that affect far more people worldwide than illegal drugs: Tobacco and alcohol are considered drugs by health professionals even though these ones are legal and usually regulated in some way.

In that context, drug use of some sort, such as alcohol and marijuana, has been common throughout the history of human civilization. It seems that people like to consume mind-altering substances even though there may be serious health implications associated with many of these drugs.

But today, there is also the criminal element that drugs attract. Back to top Tackling the problem: A common approach and one taken by countries such as the United States and international organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is that drugs should be made illegal and there should be strong emphasis on clamping down on the illegal drugs trade.

In many countries, this has led to extra law-enforcement costs and overflowing prisons. The drugs problem is seen as a criminal issue. The Netherlands, however, has taken a different approach and partly decriminalized certain soft drugs in small proportions.

The drugs problem is seen primarily as a health issue. This has had a knock-on effect of drug tourism where some tourists go there to get substances. Should illegal drugs be decriminalized? The prestigious British Medical Journal BMJ provided some interesting insights into the question of whether drugs should be decriminalized or not: Legalizing them risks increasing their availability: Drugs are not dangerous because they are illegal; they are illegal because they are dangerous.

A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, misusing alcohol, or using illegal drugs is virtually certain to never do so. Legalization and decriminalization—policies certain to increase illegal drug availability and use among our children—hardly qualify as public health approaches.

Joseph A Califano, Jr, Should drugs be decriminalised? NoBMJ, Kailash Chand argues that drugs should be decriminalized because drugs drive crime: Many people may think that taking drugs is inherently wrong and so should be illegal.

But there is a question of effectiveness—does making it illegal stop people doing it?According to an August 9, article posted by Canwest News Service, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday that Canada will train Mexican police officers to assist Mexico in its brutal drug war against rival drug cartels" ("Canada to Train Mexican Officers to Fight Drug Cartels").The training plan is part of Harper's recently announced anti-crime bill, the Anti-Crime Capacity.

Global Commission on Drug Policy: Legalization, decriminalization, and the war on drugs Can star power change the legalization discussion?

Posted Jun 08, "Judge James P. Gray, a California trial court judge since , has come to believe that the war on drugs is an abject failure both on its own terms (stopping illegal drug .

A discussion on the war on drugs and drug decriminalization and legalization

Hippies from A to Z by Skip Stone. Hippy Glossary. Hippies had to develop a whole new language to communicate their daily experiences for which there were no precedents.

The Legalization Drugs - The Legalization Drugs The dawn of the twenty first century has ushered in a new age of optimism and wonder. Despite the proclamations of .

In , Drug decriminalization in all drugs, including cocaine and heroin, became a nationwide law in Portugal (Greenwald).

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Ethan Nadelman, essayist of “Think again: Drugs,” states his side of the story on the continuing criminalization of hard drugs, in which he stand to oppose.

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