When those who are looked upon as experts have a defeatist attitude toward the drug policies in the US, it is time to face the grim reality of several factors. One of those being that you are not effective, and the other is, “Do you continue to hold the moral high ground and the tactics that have been born from it?”
On 2 June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a 24-page report concluding the, “global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” The report would not have been so damning if it were not for who comprised the 19 member panel. Such heavy hitters included former U.S. Secretary George Shultz, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker, former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo as well as entrepreneur Richard Branson and noted authors, Mario Varags Llosa and Carlos fuentes
The combination of world bakers, world renowned authors authors and entrepreneurs all adds up to an orchestrated PR campaign, particularly when one needs to legitimize and sell the authenticity and validity of a policy antipathetic to the moral compass of the country that they are attempting to propagate and advise. Regardless of the morality, the reality is that we are losing that war and it is apparent.
Now comes the financial benefit: we can tax it and this is the real motivation. When your country is over 60 billion dollars in debt you start to re-evaluate your policies when it can result in high tax revenue. But the real issue that has yet to be resolved in the DEMAND. Cut that, and we can end the drug problem. Easier said than done.
Without an effective drug education program, as well as an effective drug rehab program, we cannot end this problem, Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it all comes down to solving the demand for the product. These are new challenges when reviewing and changing the drug policies in the US.