Pubdate: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Copyright: 2011 Star Advertiser Contact: http://www.staradvertiser.com/info/Star-Advertiser_Letter_to_the_Editor.html Website: http://www.staradvertiser.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5154 Author: Mary Marvin Porter DRUG WAR A FAILURE, WORLD LEADERS AGREE The war on drugs should be ended. It has filled our jails, cost taxpayers millions, and fueled organized crime. In June 2011, an alliance of world leaders declared the war on drugs a resounding failure. The Global Commission on Drug Policy included former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and ex-presidents of Colombia and Mexico. Their recommendations to the U.N.: * End the criminalization of drug users who "do no harm to others"; * Use legal regulation to wrestle controls from criminals; * Institute addiction treatment programs if needed. Hawaii County voters passed an initiative declaring that marijuana have lowest enforcement priority. Cannabis Minister Roger Christie is now facing marijuana distribution charges. He has been jailed for more than a year and not permitted bail, yet we witness bail offers to those accused of horrendous murders. Our community is disheartened with this injustice. Mary Marvin Porter Hilo - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.