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Could 2016 be the year the 'War on Drugs' ends?

"The War on Drugs" has been an ever-present term in the United States since the 1970s, but the point of the War on Drugs wasn't strictly applied here in the U.S. Many countries followed suit when an aggressive stance was taken against all illegal drugs, and the result have been nothing short of disastrous.

You could dedicate hundreds of pages to the sheer absurdity of trying to win a war on drugs. How would you ever accomplish that? Illegal substances will always be prevalent in society, no matter how strictly you enforce the rules and laws. Even if you were to win such a war, what would be the cost? How many lives would be ruined? How many people would be locked away? How many moral and societal injustices would have to occur to make such a victory come to fruition?

Now this doesn't mean we should just throw up our hands and give up. Certain drugs and substances are illegal for a reason. However, the rigid approach we have taken to deal with these drugs and substances has failed and we should consider another way. Those are the findings of a new report that has been supported by five Nobel Prize winners.

The report points to the incarceration rates in the U.S., the violence caused by the "War on Drugs," the increasingly overzealous punishments inflicted upon offenders and overall corruption as just a few of the reasons why this war needs to conclude.

The report comes out at a crucial time, as the United Nations prepares to hold a special session in a couple of years to consider the impact of the global War on Drugs. The session will likely urge UN members to reconsider their drug policies.

Source: Huffington Post, "End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists," Matt Ferner, May 6, 2014

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