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Can One New Film Spread Drug War Outrage Across the Globe?

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Through a mix of archival footage and interviews with drug warriors, drug dealers and users, Jarecki's film uncovers the truth about the drug war. It's not about drugs per se, it's about profits for the few and social and racial control of the many.

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lee e. (114)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:06 am
This antiquated and racist war must be stopped! The public voted on marijuana, now it's time to vote down the "drug war" -- thanks Nancy

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:23 am
The 'War on Drugs' seems to cost an utter fortune - and we never seem to win! Thought-provoking - thanks Nancy.

Elizabeth M. (68)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:11 am
Noted with many thanks for this great article Nancy. The time is now to do something about this "drug war", which is costing in the trillions and dealers profiting, while people hooked have lives in shambles.

Gloria picchetti (305)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:26 pm
"Over the past 40 years, the war on drugs has cost taxpayers $4 trillion and accounted for more than 45 million arrests. As the film concludes, what a colossal waste, because illegal drugs are as available as ever."

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:36 pm
Two very important facts that appeared in the article:

"Over the past 40 years, the war on drugs has cost taxpayers $4 trillion and accounted for more than 45 million arrests. As the film concludes, what a colossal waste, because illegal drugs are as available as ever."


"The film doesn’t answer the urgent question of how to end the drug war. That answer is legalization, and treating drug addiction as a public health issue, not a crime. But as the film makes evident, if the war on drugs ends, the drug warriors will lose their power to scapegoat and punish poor black people, and the enormous amounts of money pouring into the prison industrial complex will cease."

The answer seems obvious enough...

Terry King (113)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:12 pm
Follow Colorado!

Mary T. (185)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:14 pm
The war on drugs is a big waste of money and will never be won, Thanks Nancy.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:48 pm
Thanks Naancy--beaut post.

Faye Swan (23)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:54 pm
I'm not sure the war on drugs is a waste. People are still going to be stupid and use drugs but if the laws are in place - we can still go after those making money out of spreading the disease.

Judy C. (99)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:31 pm
This looks like a great film. The filmmaker's other movie, "Why We Fight" was excellent. Thanks Nancy.

Arthur Riding (32)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:11 pm
For many years now I, and many others, have been thinking that the 'War on Drugs' is an absurd and idiotic notion. You can only enter into a war where there are clear objectives and clear and measurable outputs otherwise you are merely an idiot. Well, the “War on Drugs' doesn't fit any rational measure for a war so by definition must be idiotic. Worse than that, how can you possibly win a war when vast numbers of your own people are totally opposed to such a war, as are significant numbers of people around the world. The war is supported by those of a puritanical tendency and religious fanatics who hate to see people enjoying themselves, as well of course by US/multi-national big businesses who gather enormous profits from the war. The police and judicial system too tend to support the war as it provides them with much greater resources than they would have had otherwise. Gangsters and criminals also all love the war as they can earn so much more money and power. The losers are the American taxpayers and innocent ordinary people around the world. The lessons of Prohibition in the 1930's, an earlier 'war on alcohol', are easy – just don't do it. No, the 'answer' to drugs has always been very clear – stop the war, legalise most drugs, organise the sale of drugs the same way as gun shops, tax the drugs, and use the drug taxes to pay for any medical and policing costs when people overdose. Then see the US Deficit shoot down. The People win, Big Business loses, great!

Glenville J Owen (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 9:59 am
Thank you for posting this powerful, thought provoking article Nancy. Since governments seem unwilling or unable to stop this vile trade then they have to decide to either control the distribution of drugs or continue to let drug lords do it.
If the former, every child, when they are old enough to understand and with the permission of the parents, needs to be shown first hand the effect of drug abuse on its victims and made to understand the misery they may face if they too choose the drug route. Also there needs to be an age limit on drug taking and the need to deter legitimate drug takers supplying children with drugs, as sometimes happens now with alcohol. Similar laws which now apply to alcohol regarding piloting aircraft, driving, creating a public nuisance, etc, should also apply to drug use and abuse, if not already in place. Drugs are powerful scary things and our politicians together with the public need to debate this issue honestly and try and see where legalizing drugs will ultimately take us.

Gerry W. (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:18 pm
lets legalize all drugs and wipe out all the earth, the most stupid thing is legalising drugs, more drunk drugged deaths everywhere more death on the road more robberies etc no way legalise stupidity. Whats wrong with a normal happy drug free lifestyle.......nothing.

Robert S. (111)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:44 pm
I will see this movie...though I need no convincing. I have eyes and ears, a nose...and this war stinks! vastly, deeply and corrupt.

Lois Jordan (61)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 6:36 pm
Noted & much thanks for posting, Nancy. I agree the war on drugs must end.

Michael Kirkby (91)
Friday November 16, 2012, 9:02 am
Of course the CIA and other intelligence agencies have always financed their dirty little wars with drug money. The US government since the Reagan era has been the biggest purchaser and distributor of illegal drugs. who profits from overcrowded prisons - the construction firms, the administrators of the super maxes and everyone else connected with them. Let's not forget the police forces with the huge anti drug budgets or the politicians who talk tough on crime and drugs.
We in North America need to adopt the mandate that Portugal has had for many years. Don't laugh. Just because they are economically challenged doesn't and shouldn't nullify a program that works.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:44 pm
Faye - The problem is, no, we can't. Go after drug dealers when the drugs are illegal, I mean. We have a much better chance of hitting drug dealers where it hurts if we legalize and regulate the drugs. Then the dealing has to come into the open, and maybe even more to the point, the prices go down so they don't make as much money. Look at all the bootleggers who couldn't be touched under prohibition. They couldn't even prove any alcohol offenses on someone as notorious as Al Capone - they had to bring him down for tax evasion.

marie T. (164)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:45 pm
Legalizing and regulating drugs would be impossible new concoctions would get going and more people would die

Maggie may (9)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:47 pm
Thank you for posting Nancy, i always enjoy your articles but sometime not always knowledgable enough to comment on USA.

june t. (66)
Friday November 16, 2012, 5:34 pm
thought provoking

Myron Scott (70)
Friday November 16, 2012, 6:14 pm
Peace, now. Absolutely.

And by the way, just how hypocritical are today's politicians? Clinton, W and Obama each, minimally, used marijuana at some point in their lives, but not one of the has had the brains and b..., er, guts even to support decriminalizing it.

Meanwhile the war and its violence - and the "new concoctions" - continue unabated but at great cost in tax revenues, youthful incarcerations, and loss of liberties.

It makes no sense at all.


Past Member (0)
Friday November 16, 2012, 9:37 pm
Simply put, it's time for Drug Peace.

Isabelle J. (87)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 1:06 pm
I agree,time for Drug Peace !

Juan P. (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 9:33 am
Thanks for the article, I hope that in view of Washington and Colorado s sensible vote, the Obama administration finally does the right thing for our nation, and people affected by the horrible drug war world wide. It is a shame it takes years for change to happen. Now is the time to end this madness and use the huge amount of wasted tax dollars on things for the common good like education, the environment, et al.
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