"As the legal limbo surrounding the Washington and Colorado laws continues, a documentary entitled "Breaking the Taboo" premiered on Friday. The film focuses on The Global Commission on Drug Policy's attempt to break the "political taboo" surrounding the U.S. led War on Drugs, as well as showing how it and global policies have failed over the last 40 years.
"Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film includes interviews of former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. During the Clinton administration, the position of Drug Czar was raised to cabinet-level status. Nearly 60 percent of all federal and 25 percent of all state prisoners were imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses during the Clinton Presidency. In Latin America, the use of military and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) forces grew considerably and marijuana arrests soared. Despite Clinton's reputation as being one of the harshest Presidents to date when it comes to the War on Drugs, he now believes that the war is not working. In the film, Clinton is quoted as saying:
“What I tried to do was to focus on every aspect of the problem. I tried to empower the Colombians for example to do more militarily and police-wise because I thought that they had to. Thirty percent of their country was in the hands of the narcotraffickers,”"Clinton continued by saying:
“Well obviously, if the expected results was that we would eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narcotrafficking networks — it hasn’t worked.”
Sadly, the failure of the war on drugs stateside will not stop the Harperites from waging one in Canada - which will fail, of course.
It already has failed, on both sides of the border. Harper's ideological fetish was plain when he did everything in his power to shut down Vancouver's Insite clinic. Because he sees drugs as an ideological issue, failure or even all the damage caused by the failed war on drugs to Harper is irrelevant.
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