759 The War On Drugs

Here is a subject matter that is dear to me: The spectacular failure of The War On Drugs. It's been nearly half a century since US President Richard Nixon popularised the term and just what has been achieved in that time? (Adam Gartrell in the SMH):

"This war has filled our prisons with people who more often than not just need help but are instead locked up with hardened criminals. It has ruined lives, families and careers while turning scumbag dealers into millionaires. 

"It has wasted countless police hours, time that could have been much better spent going after those scumbags, not to mention murderers and rapists and child molesters. 

"It has cost taxpayers many billions of dollars, money that could have been better spent on hospitals and schools."

Today   in the paper   Adam Gartrell  reports the Greens finally have woken up: 

"The Greens have made a radical change to their drugs policy which leader Richard Di Natale hopes will reignite the decriminalisation debate and pave the way for the legalisation of recreational drugs like cannabis.

"The party has officially ditched its blanket opposition to the legalisation of illicit drugs from its policy platform after members voted to support changes driven by Senator Di Natale at their national conference in Perth on Saturday.

"Senator Di Natale – a former drug and alcohol doctor – says the global "war on drugs" has failed and the time has come for a dramatically different approach. He says he's prepared for the conservative media backlash that the new policy will inevitably invite."

I have dealt with this issue in an essay  IRRATIONALITY  in my book with no title but instead three definitions for the term  en.light.en.ment  I  have blogged  on The War On Drugs before ... and once again with a sample of some devastating music.

"And it has killed people. Millions of them worldwide, victims of an unsafe, unregulated industry run by the worst of the worst.

"Not to mention the immeasurable misery and instability this trade has inflicted on producer countries such as Mexico and Afghanistan.

"But it hasn't stopped the drugs. Not even close.

"There has perhaps never been a more obvious, more protracted and more destructive public policy failure in the history of democracy.

"So good on Richard Di Natale and the Greens. They've taken their sweet time getting here, bruised by the conservative campaigns of yesteryear and cognisant there are still political risks in taking this stand."