In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not facts, drove the marijuana policy debate in America.
The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if the UN conventions might be reformed to legalise some drugs and treat the use of others as a problem requiring health measures, not criminal or military ones. But as America has drawn back from prohibition, new drug warriors are stepping up to defend it. Russia is foremost among them. “The Russians have taken over the hard-line role that the US used to play,” says Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute.
In the West few politicians have been ready to admit the drug war’s failure—even as they quietly moderate their policy. They need to be honest with their own voters about the misery it has caused. Only then can they make a good case to the rest of the world that drug addicts need treatment, not prison, and that supply should be managed, not suppressed. A UN meeting next year to take a fresh look at the international conventions that shape national drug laws would be an excellent place to start. The first drug war caused devastation enough. For history to repeat itself would be a tragedy.
Entre os defensores da legalização das drogas, o argumento de que a guerra no combate a substâncias ilícitas é prejudicial a todos vem sendo repetido há tempos, mas agora está posta uma reflexão distinta: a falta de informação em torno do assunto também é generalizada e leva à resistência às medidas de flexibilização. É o que afirma a socióloga Julita Lemgruber, coordenadora do Centro de Estudos de Segurança e Cidadania (CESeC) e da campanha Da proibição nasce o tráfico.
Russia's Federal Drug Control Service's proposal to revive Soviet-era work camps in order to treat drug addicts was met with skepticism by leading health researchers and activists, who said that the state's insistence in linking addiction with criminality perpetuates inefficient drug control practices. Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), said that 400,000 "ordinary" drug addicts serving prison terms had cost the justice and penitentiary systems more than 500 billion rubles ($10 million) during the last five years.
El expresidente de Colombia César Gaviria, miembro de la llamada "Comisión Global de Políticas sobre Drogas", considera que el cambio en las políticas sobre drogas en EE.UU., simbolizado por la legalización de la marihuana en varios Estados, es el principio del fin de la denominada "guerra contra las drogas". Gaviria no cree en una "política única" frente las drogas, dadas las grandes diferencias en las realidades de los países y destaca que en "Europa están experimentando y aplicando políticas diferentes en relación con el consumo desde hace más de dos décadas".
El viceprimer ministro británico, el liberal Nick Clegg, y el magnate Richard Branson tildaron la guerra contra las drogas de “fracaso miserable”, en plena visita a Londres del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto. Branson, propietario de Virgin, y Clegg, líder del partido minoritario de la coalición, publicaron un artículo en The Guardian condenando la estrategia de choque frontal y pusieron como ejemplo la situación que ha creado en México. “Bajo cualquier punto de vista, la guerra mundial contra las drogas ha sido un fracaso miserable”, escribieron.
Estaba convencido de que el carismático papa Francisco era doblemente infalible. Primero por ser papa, pues según el Concilio Vaticano I de 1870, el sumo pontífice no se equivoca, al menos cuando hace ciertas declaraciones en las que se supone que es asistido por el Espíritu Santo. Y segundo por ser argentino... pues al menos los argentinos creen que eso genera infalibilidad.
As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by the London-based charity Health Poverty Action concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago. “Illicit drugs are now purer, cheaper, and more widely used than ever,” says the report, titled Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is Harming the World’s Poorest.
Auge y caída de la prohibición del cannabis - Presentación hecha por Martin Jelsma el 11 de febrero de 2015 en Montevideo con motivo de la apertura de una exhibición sobre el cannabis en la casa Bertold Brecht.
If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they can create a full-blown moral panic, the widespread sense that the moral condition of society is deteriorating at a rapid pace, which can be conveniently used to distract from underlying, status quo-threatening social problems and exert social control over the working class or other rebellious sectors of society.
The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning 'social power' that has the potential to change politics and policy in Mexico.
"Your politician is showing all the symptoms of 'Drug Policy Abuse,'" reads the CDPC website. "They refuse to engage in an open and honest discussion of drug use, and instead rehash outdated, fear-based policies, dismissing research that supports new and innovative approaches." The site goes on to gravely implore readers, "It’s time you had 'the talk.'"
France has sought to stamp out a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, launched with the claim that it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of the drug. The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said the product would incite the consumption of cannabis and she intended to approach the courts to ban it. “I am opposed to such a product being commercialised in France,” she told RTL radio. The product was launched by a French-Czech company called Kanavape which said it hoped to offer millions of people a legal and flavourful way to consume cannabis.
Writing in 1996, Norbert Gilmore noted that ‘little has been written about drug use and human rights. Human rights are rarely mentioned expressly in drug literature and drug use is rarely mentioned in human rights literature.’  Almost twenty years later, the literature examining drug control issues through the lens of international human rights law has grown, but the total body of peer reviewed commentary and analysis in this area would barely rank the issue as a footnote in the broader human rights lexicon.