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Can President Obama Lead America Out of the Drug War Quagmire?

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During the presidential campaign President Obama told Rolling Stone:

Anybody who sees the devastating impact of the drug trade in the inner cities, or the methamphetamine trade in rural communities, knows that this is a huge problem. I believe in shifting the paradigm, shifting the model, so that we focus more on a public-health approach. I can say this as an ex-smoker: We’ve made enormous progress in making smoking socially unacceptable. You think about auto safety and the huge success we’ve had in getting people to fasten their seat belts.

The point is that if we’re putting more money into education, into treatment, into prevention and reducing the demand side, then the ways that we operate on the criminal side can shift. I would start with nonviolent, first-time drug offenders. The notion that we are imposing felonies on them or sending them to prison, where they are getting advanced degrees in criminality, instead of thinking about ways like drug courts that can get them back on track in their lives — it’s expensive, it’s counterproductive, and it doesn’t make sense.

Obama was right – it just doesn’t make sense. Now is the time for all who see these realities to get educated, organized and active.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/04/can-senator-webb-lead-america-out-of-the-drug-war-quagmire/

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Written by bearmarketnews

April 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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