Stop The Presses: We're Losing Another One

by
Abby Zimet

 A commission headed by three former Latin American heads of state
has reached the shocking conclusion that the U.S.-led, so-called war on
drugs is a failure. With drug violence on the rise, the panel said it
is time to break a longstanding "taboo" and consider new antidrug
approaches, including treating drug use as a health not criminal issue
and decriminalizing
the use of marijuana.

 "The available evidence indicates that the war on drugs is a failed
war," said former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in a
conference call from Rio de Janeiro. "We have to move
from this approach to another one."

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