Monday, June 6, 2011

End the War on Drugs! Change Your Words-Change Your World

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Did you see this Video! Please watch it!

Now stop and think about this whole mentality about the "War on Drugs"
The whole energy about it is negative and it has attracted and created so much negative energy that thousands of people have died. But now people are waking up and they understand that this whole "idea" is bad, negative and it needs to be gotten rid of.

You can help! We can all help! Please read the links and articles below. Let's work together, because this world will never go forward in a positive if we don't address this issue.

I thought for sure we could get this to 750,000 over the weekend but it didn't happen. Come on people, speak up. Tell the politicians what you want. They are afraid of you!! they are afraid of upsetting the balance, but there is no balance right now. There is kaos and it must end. Educate yourself and your child, your friends, neighbours, facebook friends, twitter peeps. Together we can turn this around.

Just like in prohibition times, we need to make a stand here and say STOP! Enough is enough, your way does not work. There is a better way. I personally think alcohol is much worse than marijuana but anything abused is bad.
Quoting From Wikipedia
After several years, prohibition became a failure in North America and elsewhere, as bootlegging (rum-running) became widespread and organized crime took control of the distribution of alcohol. Distilleries and breweries in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean flourished as their products were either consumed by visiting Americans or illegally imported to the U.S. Chicago became notorious as a haven for prohibition dodgers during the time known as the Roaring Twenties. Prohibition generally came to an end in the late 1920s or early 1930s in most of North America and Europe, although a few locations continued prohibition for many more years.

That's where is all comes down to talking to our kids, teaching them about health, their bodies and treating people for illness and abuse, not abusing them more by neglecting them.

Quoting From Wikipedia
The proponents of Prohibition had believed that banning alcoholic beverages would reduce or even eliminate many social problems, particularly drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty. Journalist H.L. Mencken asserted in 1925 that respect for law diminished rather than increased during Prohibition, and drunkenness, crime, insanity, and resentment towards the federal government had all increased.[citation needed]Some supporters of Prohibition, such as Rev. Charles Stelzle in his 1918 book Why Prohibition!, also believed that Prohibition would eventually lead to reductions in taxes, since drinking "produced half the business" for institutions supported by tax dollars such as courts, jails, hospitals, almshouses, and insane asylums.[1] In reality, however, alcohol consumption and the incidence of alcohol-related domestic violence were decreasing before the 18th Amendment was passed. Furthermore, reformers "were dismayed to find that child neglect and violence against children actually increased during the Prohibition era."[2]

Quoting from Avaaz "Experts all agree that the most sensible policy is to regulate, but politicians are afraid to touch the issue. In 72 hours, a global commission including former heads of state and foreign policy chiefs of the UN, EU, US, Brazil, Mexico and more will break the taboo and publicly call for new approaches including decriminalization and regulation of drugs."

Quoting from Avaaz
For 50 years current drug policies have failed everyone, everywhere but public debate is stuck in the mud of fear and misinformation. Everyone, even the UN Office on Drugs and Crime which is responsible for enforcing this approach agrees -- deploying militaries and police to burn drug farms, hunting down traffickers, and imprisoning dealers and addicts – is an expensive mistake. And with massive human cost -- from Afghanistan, to Mexico, to the USA the illegal drug trade is destroying countries around the world, while addiction, overdose deaths, and HIV/AIDS infections continue to rise.

Meanwhile, countries with less-harsh enforcement -- like Switzerland, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Australia -- have not seen the explosion in drug use that proponents of the drug war have darkly predicted. Instead, they have seen significant reductions in drug-related crime, addiction and deaths, and are able to focus squarely on dismantling criminal empires. Read More Here

I have a great idea, Why do People get Together and Do Flash mobs to "End the War on Drugs"

Quoting from the Green Party
The Green Party recommends the following actions:

  • Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule.
  • Create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small, independent growers.
  • Develop a taxation rate for marijuana similar to that of tobacco.
  • Establish the sale of marijuana to adults for medicinal or personal use through licensed distribution outlets.
  • Educate the public about the health threats of marijuana, tobacco and other drug use.
  • Provide increased funding to safe injection sites, treatment facilities and addict rehabilitation which have now proven to be economically and socially in the best interests of the country.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy will build on the successful experience of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy convened by former presidents Cardoso of Brazil, Gaviria of Colombia and Zedillo of Mexico. Persuaded that the association between drug trade, violence and corruption was a threat to democracy in Latin America, the Commission reviewed the current ‘war on drugs’ policies and opened a public debate about an issue that tends to be surrounded by fear and misinformation.

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