Dr. Gabor Maté: Obama Admin Should Heed Global Panel’s Call to End “Failed” U.S.-Led Drug War

From Democracy Now:

A high-level international panel has concluded the so-called “war on drugs” has failed and that governments should consider legalizing substances, including marijuana. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is comprised of 19 members, including several former heads of state. The Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House has refuted the findings of the commission’s report. We speak to Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician and bestselling author of four books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. “On any level you care to name, the war on drugs is a failure,” Dr. Maté says.

From RT:

A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy concluded the global war on drugs has been an abysmal failure and that governments should consider legalizing marijuana and other controlled substances. Continue reading

What is behind this ‘war on drugs’? Money.

“What is behind this ‘war on drugs’?  Money.

You have a group called “The Partnership for a Drug Free America” which – first of all, we don’t have a drug-free America… never have, never will…

…but who are the funders, the main sources for the PDFA?

Of all things: the Tobacco Industry and the Alcohol Industry.

They are drugs ~ mind altering, sometimes addictive drugs.  Why do they do this?

They spend huge amounts of money trying to preserve the distinction between legal drugs on the one hand and illegal drugs on the other.”

~ (former) Judge James Gray