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    The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    BudgetaryImpactCoverThe CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

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  2. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

    • Jeffrey A. Miron, Katherine Waldock
    29 September 2010

    The CATO report estimates that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government. Approximately $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana and $32.6 billion from legalization of other drugs.

     

  3. Sooner or later, marijuana will be legal

    • Bill Piper (Drug Policy Alliance)
    28 September 2010

    It's as predictable as the sun rising and setting. Even though police made more than 850,000 marijuana arrests last year, a recent government report shows youth marijuana use increased by about 9 percent -- 76 percent of Americans recognize the drug war has failed; millions are demanding change.

  4. Marijuana legalization measure gets big lift

    John Wildermuth
    26 September 2010
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    In a dramatic shift of sentiment, nearly half of California's likely voters now want to legalize marijuana use in the state, according to a new Field Poll. Forty-nine percent of those likely voters now support Prop. 19, with 42 percent opposed. In a July poll, 48 percent of those surveyed planned to vote against the ballot initiative, with 44 percent backing legalization.

  5. Former Spanish Drug Czar Says Legalize Drugs

    23 September 2010
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    In a blistering op-ed Wednesday in Spain's most important newspaper, El País, the country's former drug czar, Araceli Manjón-Cabeza, called for an end to drug prohibition. Manjon-Cabeza's call for legalization comes just a week after former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González also called for drug legalization.

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    Alianza latinoamericana antidrogas, plantea Perú

    Ángel Páez
    23 September 2010

    Expertos de organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) consultadas por IPS van más allá y consideran que justamente el fracaso en el combate antidrogas se debe a la política represiva impuesta por Washington a la región y reclaman que pasen a promover planes propios para enfrentar el delito. Ricardo Soberón, director del no gubernamental Centro de Investigación Drogas y Derechos Humanos, dijo que la última y sangrante expresión de ese fracaso es la militarización de la lucha antidrogas en México.

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    Evo Morales y la “Guerra contra las drogas”

    Icaria Editorial
    17 September 2010
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    El 15 de septiembre de cada año, el presidente de Estados Unidos presentó al Congreso de su país un informe acerca del estado actual de los acuerdos internacionales sobre interdicción y lucha contra las drogas. Se trata de un reporte anual sobre cuya base el Departamento de Estado decide qué países son “certificados” y por lo tanto, “premiados” con estímulos como preferencias arancelarias, y qué países, al no merecer la “certificación” estadounidense, son sometidos a diversos tipos de sanciones. Por tercer año consecutivo, el informe fue negativo y contradictorio para Bolivia.

  8. US: Report: Illegal drug use up sharply last year

    Sam Hananel
    16 September 2010
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    The rate of illegal drug use rose last year to the highest level in nearly a decade, fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecstasy and methamphetamine abuse, according to the annual report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was not surprised given "eroding attitudes" about the perception of harm from illegal drugs and the growing number of states approving medicinal marijuana.

  9. Weary of drug war, Mexico debates legalization

    Tim Johnson
    12 September 2010
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    A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway violence and a deadly drug war. The debate is only likely to grow more animated if Californians approve an initiative on Nov. 2 to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state.

  10. Calif. to vote on legalizing marijuana

    Michael W. Savage
    09 September 2010
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    For those who have long argued that smoking marijuana should not be a crime, a potentially historic turning point is just weeks away. Voters in California will decide Nov. 2 whether to make their state the first to legalize the growing, selling and recreational use of marijuana. And polls here - the nation's most populous state - suggest that residents are about evenly split on the issue.

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    California's Prop 19, on legalizing marijuana, could end Mexico's drug war

    Héctor Aguilar Camín, Jorge G. Castañeda
    05 September 2010
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    On Nov. 2, Californians will vote on Proposition 19, deciding whether to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. If the initiative passes, it won't just be momentous for California; it may, at long last, offer Mexico the promise of an exit from our costly war on drugs. The costs of that war have long since reached intolerable levels: more than 28,000 of our fellow citizens dead since late 2006; expenditures well above $10 billion; terrible damage to Mexico's image abroad; human rights violations by government security forces; and ever more crime.

  12. Can California's Legalization Battle Kick-Start a Movement for Change?

    Terrence McNally, Ethan Nadelmann
    05 September 2010
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    Drug prohibition is remarkably ineffective, costly and counter-productive -- it has cost people their lives, and put millions behind bars. Is the tide turning?

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    Latinoamérica, lista para liderar el debate

    Andrea Domínguez
    03 September 2010
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    conferenciaEl tema central fueron las políticas de drogas, pero lo que estuvo sobre la mesa de debates durante la II Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Políticas de Drogas fue mucho más que eso: un ejercicio de democracia, autodeterminación y liderazgo de la región. Lo que estuvo en discusión en Río de Janeiro fue mucho más que la suma de los paneles sobre legislación de drogas en la región, tratamientos médicos para usuarios o consecuencias del combate al narcotráfico.