Posts Tagged ‘NORML’

The End of Prohibition Growing Less Unlikely

March 12, 2009

One curious advantage that the economic crisis presents is the opportunity to reexamine conventional wisdom regarding the prohibition of drugs in this country.  Many states are facing enormous budgetary challenges in the face of the worsening economy and it appears that many are considering the potential revenues for the state if it legalized, regulated, and taxed drugs (or most realistically: marijuana) and the potential savings in expenditures devoted to policing, arresting, processing, and incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders.

We already learned, weeks ago, that Attorney General Eric Holder said the official policy of the Obama WH will be that “federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws”–in response to a question regarding states with laws allowing medical marijuana.  Decriminalization–in this economic climate, under this president–may be much closer than we thought.

California is taking the lead, with its history of wide popular support among Californians for the decriminalization of marijuana.  Here is Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) her state could be a great host for an experiment in reform.  Here’s the video from CNN:

ForeignPolicy.com also highlights changing attitudes in the EU.  A report by the European Commission “found no evidence that the global drug problem was reduced…from 1998 to 2007”.

The UN, now meeting in Vienna for the first time in 10 years to reassess global drug policy, is reaching even more dramatic conclusions: It’s worse than mere inertia…. drug policy is making matters worse, not better. UN Office of Drug and Crime’s head, Antonio Maria Costa, “acknowledged that drug control policies had, as an unintended consequence, led the growth of organized crime,” as the BBC put it.