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If only the War on Drugs was somehow more successful


 

With some Latin American leaders looking at an end to the War on Drugs, Stephen Harper departs the latest Summit of the Americas with an acknowledgement that some kind of change might be in order.

“There is increasing doubt about whether we are taking the best approach to doing that, but nobody thinks these transnational networks are good guys, or that changing the law is somehow going to make them good people,” Harper told reporters at a news conference following the close of the Summit of the Americas. “I think what everyone believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.”

At the same time, he seems to reject decriminalization or legalization.

“There is a willingness to look at the various measures that can be taken to combat that phenomenon, but just in terms of simple answers like legalization or criminalization, let me remind you of why these drugs are illegal. They’re illegal because they quickly and totally, with many of the drugs, destroy people’s lives and people are willing to make lots of money out of selling those products …,” said Harper.

In his response to the issue, Barack Obama ruled out legalization.


 

If only the War on Drugs was somehow more successful

  1. And here we see the heart of the problem in the current Con party….Harp and Co can’t decide whether to be Libertarian or SoCon, and yet they like neat black/white choices.

  2. “They’re illegal because they quickly and totally, with many of the
    drugs, destroy people’s lives and people are willing to make lots of
    money out of selling those products …,” said Harper.”

    Sounds like I should be stocking up on Scotch!

    • And asbestos.. oh wait.. they’re okay with that one.

  3. or that changing the law is somehow going to make them good people

    Laws do not make moral people. Laws do not make people moral. You cannot legislate morality.

    They’re illegal because they quickly and totally… destroy people’s lives and people are willing to make lots of money out of selling those products

    Many of the worlds corporations had better be on their toes.

  4. We’ll do anything we can to solve the problem except for doing the things that might work.

  5. Sometimes I think that Stephen Harper would be a better person if he smoked a joint and looked at life from another angle for a night.

    • Nah, then he would just be more like you.

      • Thus confirming Pickngrin’s thought.

      • So you think it would be an improvement…

  6. ”  They’re illegal because they quickly and totally, with many of the
    drugs, destroy people’s lives and people are willing to make lots of
    money out of selling those products …,” said Harper.”  This speech (with alcohol substituted for drugs) could have been made to justify prohibition.  Prohibition was repealed not because alcohol suddenly became beneficial, but rather for the reason that it wasn’t working and was consuming too many law enforcement resources to make criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens.

  7. But didn’t the gun registry turn ‘honest and hardworking Canadians’ into criminals?

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