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Mexico's Fox balks at signing drug law editorial comment
04-May-2006, Mexico, CNN

Mexican President Vicente Fox backed off a bill that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, sending it back to Congress for changes rather than signing it into law. The announcement late Wednesday came after U.S. ...

Mexico Drug Law Could Create Users Tourism Boom editorial comment
01-May-2006, Mexico, mexidata

Mexico’s new proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs would have a spectacular, if perhaps unintended, impact on the Mexican economy. As the seventh most popular tourist destination in the world, Mexico could now ...

Is legalising drugs the only answer? editorial comment
30-April-2006, United Kingdom, The Sunday Times

Some top police officers are now backing the idea that hard drugs should be decriminalised. Is this a brave but foolhardy idea, asks Tim Luckhurst When the Ayrshire drugs baron John Gorman was jailed for 12 years last week and nine of his ...

Drug war dropout calls effort a ‘failure’ editorial comment
03-April-2006, United States, Lawrence Journal World

For more than 14 years, Jack Cole fought the war on drugs as a New Jersey state narcotics agent. Now, he’s had enough. “It’s not only a dismal failure, but a terribly destructive policy,” he said. Cole said he quit the narcotics force in ...

Brunstrom wants drug gangs action editorial comment
14-March-2006, United Kingdom, BBC News

The chief constable of North Wales Police has said the UK's policy of criminalising drugs has "caused an explosion in organised crime". Richard Brunstrom told BBC Wales' Week In Week Out that making certain drugs illegal has meant control and ...

Drug War Funnies editorial comment
13-March-2006, United States, Hammer of Truth

Joseph Frederick, an Alaska high school student, was suspended for unfurling a banner which read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” across the street from his school. According to Reuters, the principal took Frederick’s banner and suspended him for 10 days for ...

Ex-cops against War on Drugs editorial comment
10-March-2006, United States, Crime Scene KC

Would you like to be able to buy pot, coke, meth, heroin or LSD like you buy booze from a liquor store? A bunch of ex-cops in an organization called LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - say you should be able to. The War on Drugs is a ...

Musings About the Drug War editorial comment
26-February-2006, United States, The Wall Street Journal

BY GEORGE MELLOAN Sunday, February 26, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST Economist Milton Friedman predicted in Newsweek nearly 34 years ago that Richard Nixon's ambitious "global war against drugs" would be a failure. Much evidence today suggests that he ...

War on drugs - is it really 'right'? editorial comment
12-February-2006, United States, newsday

What's so conservative about the war on drugs? Spending billions in taxpayer dollars with no clear progress? Inserting government agents into Americans' private lives? Holding a million men and women in prison for what are mostly nonviolent ...

'Legalising drugs would halve prisoner numbers' editorial comment
15-December-2005, United Kingdom, icBerkshire

READING probation officer Bob Turney says it is time to stop pouring billions of pounds into a never-ending war against drugs and open a hysteria-free debate about legalisation. His job offers him an insight into the criminal underworld because ...

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