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America’s War on Drugs has deep roots in the country’s history. Chapter by chapter, America’s drug laws have been used as political and economic tools against the poor, the ethnic, and the undesirable. Yet to date no single group has been more damaged by such policies than black America for whom — despite the exceptional progress of a handful of black celebrities and the hopeful presidential candidacy of Barack Obama — the war on drugs continues undeterred and persistent in its destructive impact. Amid the War on Drugs, black life is a spiraling crisis of social disintegration, political and economic disenfranchisement, and spiritual decay — a kind of ongoing insult added to the injuries of slavery, Jim Crow, and the short-circuiting of the civil rights movement.


(via The House I Live In | Documentary about America’s War on Drugs | Independent Lens | PBS)

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The number of women who have been murdered in Mexico has increased steadily in the last five years.  
An estimated 80,000 people living in Mexico have died in drug-related violence since 2007.Mexican authorities found bodies of eight kidnap victims in Guerrero state, officials said on Monday. http://reut.rs/1d5EzCp The victims were all related and their bodies were identified by relatives. Some of the dismembered bodies were placed in plastic bags. The bodies included two women, said an official with the local prosecutor’s office who declined to be identified. Authorities are still searching for three more people who were kidnapped with the group last Thursday.Mexican police arrested a man in Jalisco suspected of orchestrating a string of crimes including more than 200 murders, the country’s interior ministry said on Tuesday. http://reut.rs/18S2ubs In late November, 33 mutilated corpses were found in 19 ditches in La Barca, on the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco, where rival drug cartels operate.  

Again, prohibition is ineffective. Now we have more evidence that it again (the Colombian cocaine wars) is a human rights problem. Now the trouble has come to our borders. Why isn’t the USA seeing more people seeking asylum from drug violence in Mexico?

reuters:

The number of women who have been murdered in Mexico has increased steadily in the last five years.  

An estimated 80,000 people living in Mexico have died in drug-related violence since 2007.

Mexican authorities found bodies of eight kidnap victims in Guerrero state, officials said on Monday. http://reut.rs/1d5EzCp 

The victims were all related and their bodies were identified by relatives. Some of the dismembered bodies were placed in plastic bags. The bodies included two women, said an official with the local prosecutor’s office who declined to be identified. Authorities are still searching for three more people who were kidnapped with the group last Thursday.

Mexican police arrested a man in Jalisco suspected of orchestrating a string of crimes including more than 200 murders, the country’s interior ministry said on Tuesday. http://reut.rs/18S2ubs 

In late November, 33 mutilated corpses were found in 19 ditches in La Barca, on the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco, where rival drug cartels operate.  

Again, prohibition is ineffective. Now we have more evidence that it again (the Colombian cocaine wars) is a human rights problem. Now the trouble has come to our borders. Why isn’t the USA seeing more people seeking asylum from drug violence in Mexico?

With Governor's Veto, California's Harsh Drugs Sentencing Will Continue

With few exceptions and despite increasing investments in enforcement-based supply reduction efforts aimed at disrupting global drug supply, illegal drug prices have generally decreased while drug purity has generally increased since 1990. These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.

What Does Legalization Do to Marijuana Business? (by NewsyBusiness)

But then you forget to tell about whose ox would be gored by legalization.

Now this is getting interesting.

Now this is getting interesting.

Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal a Success, Says Report - TIME

This article adds on to the often sited Cato Institute report about the end of Prohibition in Portugal

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You almost got it…just almost.

Tell A.G. Holder to let states decide their own cannabis laws

Nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration are standing in our way to legalize marijuana in three states this year.

In Colorado, Oregon and Washington, ballot initiatives will let the voters decide whether they want to legalize marijuana in their states. These former DEA officials are so scared that the public will vote to legalize that they sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to oppose all the ballot initiatives.

In the past few years, the states have been on the front lines of marijuana legalization. We’ve seen 17 states and the District of Columbia legalize marijuana for medical purposes and 15 states have effectively decriminalized marijuana possession in small amounts. More than half of all Americans support marijuana legalization. And the ballot initiatives in Colorado, Oregon and Washington have promising chances of passing.

The people who want to maintain marijuana prohibition are afraid. That’s why supporters of the drug war status quo are urging Holder to speak out against marijuana legalization. They’re desperate to block our progress, and they want to overshadow all the work you’ve done getting to this historic moment. They know if even one of these states legalizes marijuana, it would change the future of drug policy in our country — and we know it would be change for the better.