A new poll commissioned by the Observer has found that an overwhelming majority of those in Great Britain believe that the drug war has failed, and can never be won. The poll also found majority support for legalizing cannabis, and growing support for decriminalizing the possession of hard drugs such as ecstasy.
According to the poll, 84% of Britons believe the drug war can never be won, and 52% are in support of legalizing cannabis similar to how Washington and Colorado have done in the United States. The survey also found 39% to be in favor of decriminalizing drug possession, up 12% since 2008.
In 2007, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High was released, and immediately made an impact. Advocates of cannabis reform latched on to its powerful messages and entertaining style of presentation, and shared it among their friends, family and colleagues, especially those who may not have been supportive of cannabis or cannabis legalization, but open to discussing the matter. The movie’s impact continued to grow in subsequent years, as more and more states and localities began to decriminalize and legalize cannabis, for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Now, seven years later, the makers of The Union are releasing its follow-up, titled The Culture High.
The Culture High releases in theaters on October 17th, with special releases in New York and LA on the 3rd and 10th. We were sent a copy of the film early, and will say right away that we recommend it to everyone. Those who are supportive of cannabis law reform will find themselves applauding the movie’s clear and concise reasons for why cannabis prohibition (and the drug war as a whole) is a failure, and those that don’t know much about cannabis or cannabis prohibition will find themselves shocked to learn some of the truth surrounding it, and will be entertained along the way by the movie’s fast-paced and intellectual conservations and information.
Baltimore, MD — Jermaine Lyons was riding his bike on May 3, 2013 on his way to the park when he was stopped at a store in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue.
According to the lawsuit, police asked Lyons if he had any drugs on him, to which he responded, “no.”
However the police did not believe him. Baltimore Police proceeded to pull down this man’s pants, spread his legs, and conduct a cavity search in the middle of the sidewalk in full view of passersby, according to the lawsuit.
A proposal to remove felony charges for the personal possession of any controlled substance will be prefiled in the House of Representatives this December in Washington State, and will have at least a dozen sponsors according to Sensible Washington, the organization behind the measure.
Under current Washington State law, the possession of any controlled substance, regardless of the amount, is a felony charge which carries with it a potential 5 year prison sentence. The sole exception is cannabis, with up to 28 grams being legal, and between 28 and 40 grams being a misdemeanor. However, if someone possesses 41 or more grams of cannabis, even post-I-502, they’re committing a felony.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler spoke about the presidential plans to grant wide-spread clemency at New York University’s law school last Tuesday, indicating that the Obama administration is officially recognizing the harms associated with the war on drugs, and more specifically, the war on low-level drug offenders.
Drug Decriminalization Rapidly Emerging as Consensus Goal of Drug Policy, Public Safety and Health Stakeholders
Today, a key working group of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced the release of groundbreaking recommendations discouraging criminal sanctions for drug use. The Scientific Consultation Working Group on Drug Policy, Health and Human Rights of the UNODC – which includes Nora Volkow, head of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – is releasing the recommendations at the High-Level Segment of the 57th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The working group recommendations say “criminal sanctions are not beneficial” in addressing the spectrum of drug use and misuse.
Latin American Nations Especially Critical, Say Prohibition Contributes To Violence, Drug Abuse Should Be Considered Public Health Problem
VIENNA – A leaked draft of the UN’s long-term strategy to combat drug abuse shows a number of countries oppose the current prohibitionist model and favor a public health approach to drug use rather than a law enforcement one. The draft is currently being compiled by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and will be released in 2016 as the basis for the international organization’s 10-year plan for reducing narcotic drug abuse.
The war on drugs has led to a vicious cycle of human rights injustices, but few situations have proven as despicable as what happened to David Eckert of New Mexico earlier this year.
According to KOB TV-4, a local affiliate, the incident began on January 2nd, 2013, after Mr. Eckert left a Wal-Mart in Deming, and was pulled over by a police officer for not making a complete stop at a stop sign. Law enforcement believed him to be clenching his buttocks after they asked him to leave the vehicle, a sign that he was holding drugs in his anal cavity, according to the officers.
Former UN Secretary General and Former Brazilian President Say Public Health, Not Criminal Justice, Approach Needed
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs in an Op-Ed on CNN this morning. Citing the drug war’s funding of organized crime, the cruelty of treating addiction with incarceration and the ultimate ineffectiveness of current policy, the two called on leaders around the world to adopt an approach involving regulation that puts “people’s health and safety first” rather than one involving criminalization.
A new study published by the British Medical Journal has found that drugs are cheaper and purer than ever before, despite an increase in drug seizures, indicating that the drug war has been a complete failure.
According to researchers; “With few exceptions and despite increasing investments in enforcement-based supply reduction efforts aimed at disrupting global drug supply, illegal drug prices have generally decreased while drug purity has generally increased since 1990. These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.”