The Guardian view on overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws

Until Washington DC rewrites its own failed statutes, liberalisation in the states – and the rest of the world – is not going to be secure
27 July 2014
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The war on drugs has been a losing fight for 40 years.

The response to unending failure has always been to demand more law enforcement and more prison cells. America led the world to sign up to successive UN protocols and conventions, which reforming countries like Uruguay now find themselves running up against. It seems absurd when states within the US itself are conducting similar legal experiments. Neither federal laws nor UN conventions of the old prohibitionist order can stand in logic any longer. (See also NYT editorial: Repeal Prohibition, Again)

The Guardian (UK)
Sunday, July 27, 2014