Obama famously said that he wasn’t against all wars, just stupid wars. Well, we have a war we have been fighting since the 60’s that is pretty stupid: the War on Drugs. Hah, you might say, that’s not a real war, like Iraq or Afghanistan. And yet, the War on Drugs has had far more casualties, and has cost far more money than almost any other war we have ever had. And it is a war that we have been fighting right here in our own country.
And now, the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) has come out with their report, and they recommend decriminalizing drugs on a global scale as the only long-term solution to the drug problem. Who are the GCDP? Some whacked out hippy drug users? Hardly. The commission is headed by George Schultz, a former US Secretary of State, and includes numerous former presidents and prime ministers of countries around the world, not to mention a former Secretary General of the UN.
Seriously, that’s a lot of people willing to admit that the war on drugs has failed. So what’s holding us back? Pure stupidity? Or are we addicted to the war on drugs even more than we are to drugs?