Posted by: drew | February 3, 2008

Obama Declares War on Drugs “A Failure”

Well, it certainly looks like the new generation of politicians have arrived, led by Barack Obama. Finally a major candidate is willing to say what baby boomers have been denying for decades: that our “War on Drugs” is a failure, and the time for decriminalization is coming.

We’ve spent billions of Federal dollars since this “War” (which is about as real as the “War on Terror”) began, putting millions of Americans behind bars for possession of marijuana, amongst other drugs.

Norml.org reports that Obama, in a 2004 video, states, “I think the war on drugs has been a failure, and I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.”]

Washington, DC: A newly discovered video of a 2004 appearance at Northwestern University by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, in which he calls for the federal decriminalization of marijuana, was posted online today by The Washington Times. In that appearance, Obama states, “I think the war on drugs has been a failure, and I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.” Obama continued, saying that while he supported decriminalization, he did not support the full legalization of marijuana.

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