Pubdate: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Copyright: 2011 Canoe Limited Partnership. Contact: http://www.edmontonsun.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/135 Author: Robert Sharpe Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n360/a10.html BAD DRUGS POLICY Stephen Harper isn't the only leader on the wrong side of rational drug policy. The White House rejected the Global Commission on Drug Policy report and defended the "balanced efforts" of the U.S. These "balanced" efforts have given the "land of the free" the highest incarceration rate in the world. Prohibition-related violence has caused upwards of 35,000 deaths in Mexico over the past four years. Despite criminal penalties, the U.S. has higher rates of drug use than European Union countries like Portugal that have decriminalized. When it comes to throwing good money after bad policy, Stephen Harper is unfortunately in good company. ROBERT SHARPE (Yep. It's a no-brainer at this point.) - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.