Let's hope the organisers and attendees have read this post and this post.
It's good to see acknowledgment that the USA's War on Drugs has been an abject failure, except for the prison construction industry.
Facts: the USA has spent $US 1,000,000,000,000.00 [One Trillion dollars] on the issue; the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) budget in 1971 was $75 million dollars, in 2001 it was $1.6 Billion; as a result of this “war on drugs” drug arrests quadrupled and the percentage of prison inmates committed for drug offences increased from 26% in 1973 to 56% in 2001; yet the drug ‘problem’, and of course related crime problems, have got worse.
The War is lost. Time for a new direction.
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