An inclusive report recently released via a conglomerate of nations regarding drug policy in the Americas suggests that the legalization of marijuana, but not other illicit drugs, be deliberated among a range of ideas in order to reexamine the effectiveness of the current war on drugs.
The report in question was publicized by the Organization of American States which was careful not to endorse any single particular approach to the current situation, but encouraged “flexibility.”
The drafting of the report was incited by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at last year’s Summit of the Americas to answer mounting disappointment and demands for new strategies in the drug war.
The report’s 400 pages chiefly encapsulate and refine preceding research and debate on the subject.
The news of the report’s unveiling has pro-marijuana advocates somewhat elated about the message it is sending in respect to searching for answers that makes sense, as opposed to continuing an antiquated policy that is more harmful than helpful.
“This takes the debate to a whole other level,” declared Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It effectively breaks the taboo on considering alternatives to the current prohibitionist approach.”
The report proclaimed “the drug problem requires a flexible approach,” and “it would be worthwhile to assess existing signals and trends that lean toward the decriminalization or legalization of the production, sale and use of marijuana.”
The report goes on to say that the reform of the world’s marijuana laws is all but inevitable and it’s necessary to address this realization.
“Sooner or later decisions in this area will need to be taken,” the report reads. “On the other hand, our report finds no significant support, in any country, for the decriminalization or legalization of the trafficking of other illicit drugs.”
A State Department spokesman, William Ostick, decreed the report would be prudently reviewed and discussed with fellow Organization of American States members in Guatemala.
“We look forward to sharing our latest research and experiences on drug prevention and treatment, and to strengthening operational law enforcement cooperation with our partners around the globe in support of our common and shared responsibility for the world drug problem,” Ostick said. “We know other leaders will similarly bring their own data, and anticipate a productive and useful dialogue.”
Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, claims advocates of drug liberalization are overemphasizing the significance of the report, which he alleged contains a lot of material that the Obama administration would be in agreement with.
If the Obama administration or Kevin Sabet are in agreement with a report that states “it would be worthwhile to assess existing signals and trends that lean toward the decriminalization or legalization of the production, sale and use of marijuana,” then the presidential administration and Kevin are hypocrites and owe America an apology.
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