Colombia To Legalize Marijuana And Cocaine

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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 4:20 am » by Noentry


South America continues to lead the way in forging a more enlightened approach? Drug trafficking will remain criminal, but citizens will be allowed to grow their own. Via the Global Post:

Colombia has decriminalized cocaine and marijuana, saying that people cannot be jailed for possessing the drugs for personal use. Anyone caught with less 20 grams of marijuana or one gram of cocaine for personal use will not be prosecuted or detained, but could be required to receive treatment, depending on their level of intoxication.

Colombia is also moving toward legalizing drug crops. The country’s House of Representatives in May passed the first draft of a bill that would decriminalize growing illegal drug plants, allowing residents to grow coca plants, marijuana plants and opium poppies. But representative Hugo Velasquez Jaramillo was quick to note that although the plants would be legalized, “the processing and trafficking of drugs would remain subject to criminal sentencing.”


About time,we are long over due some common sense on the issue of drugs

Well done Colombia :clapper:
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 4:49 am » by Malogg


Bankers wont be happy as they need their cut , damn can smell a WAR brewing on this one :peep:
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 4:55 am » by Hackjames


Ha, I'd like to see bankers go to war. Suck it, lovers of the status quo.
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 5:00 am » by I2haveseen


Malogg wrote:Bankers wont be happy as they need their cut , damn can smell a WAR brewing on this one :peep:

They already got it. It's called the 'war on drugs' :cheers:
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 5:06 am » by Malogg


Hackjames wrote:Ha, I'd like to see bankers go to war. Suck it, lovers of the status quo.



lmbo the faggots will prolly opt out for this
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 7:11 pm » by Noentry


While cocaine production ravages countries in Central America, consumers in the US and Europe are helping developed economies grow rich from the profits, a study claims

The vast profits made from drug production and trafficking are overwhelmingly reaped in rich "consuming" countries – principally across Europe and in the US – rather than war-torn "producing" nations such as Colombia and Mexico, new research has revealed. And its authors claim that financial regulators in the west are reluctant to go after western banks in pursuit of the massive amount of drug money being laundered through their systems.

The most far-reaching and detailed analysis to date of the drug economy in any country – in this case, Colombia – shows that 2.6% of the total street value of cocaine produced remains within the country, while a staggering 97.4% of profits are reaped by criminal syndicates, and laundered by banks, in first-world consuming countries.

"The story of who makes the money from Colombian cocaine is a metaphor for the disproportionate burden placed in every way on 'producing' nations like Colombia as a result of the prohibition of drugs," said one of the authors of the study, Alejandro Gaviria, launching its English edition last week.

"Colombian society has suffered to almost no economic advantage from the drugs trade, while huge profits are made by criminal distribution networks in consuming countries, and recycled by banks which operate with nothing like the restrictions that Colombia's own banking system is subject to."

His co-author, Daniel Mejía, added: "The whole system operated by authorities in the consuming nations is based around going after the small guy, the weakest link in the chain, and never the big business or financial systems where the big money is."

The work, by the two economists at University of the Andes in Bogotá, is part of an initiative by the Colombian government to overhaul global drugs policy and focus on money laundering by the big banks in America and Europe, as well as social prevention of drug taking and consideration of options for de-criminalising some or all drugs.

The economists surveyed an entire range of economic, social and political facets of the drug wars that have ravaged Colombia. The conflict has now shifted, with deadly consequences, to Mexico and it is feared will spread imminently to central America. But the most shocking conclusion relates to what the authors call "the microeconomics of cocaine production" in their country.

Gaviria and Mejía estimate that the lowest possible street value (at $100 per gram, about £65) of "net cocaine, after interdiction" produced in Colombia during the year studied (2008) amounts to $300bn. But of that only $7.8bn remained in the country.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/ju ... aine-trade



Now that Colombia have legalised the use.
It is only a matter of time before production is taxed.
Colombia want a bigger cut of the action, if you cant beat them tax them.

The war on drugs has failed. Time for a fresh approach.
Not only would you take the production out of the hands of the criminals but you earn shit loads of money.


War on drugs 'unsustainable,' ex-justice Louise Arbour says
The war on drugs is a "destructive" failure that is fuelling the transmission of HIV/AIDS, according to a former Supreme Court justice.

Louise Arbour, who has also served as UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, said a "repressive" approach to drug policies is not only a public health disaster — but a colossal waste from an economic perspective as well.

"The current cost world-wide of the law enforcement model, the repressive model, is astronomical and frankly is becoming unsustainable," Arbour told CBC News. "It's a massive industry that includes not only prisons, but increasingly heavy and sophisticated law-enforcement operations."

Arbour is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which formally released a landmark report Tuesday suggesting the criminalization of drug use is driving the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS. While the report did not drill down on the costs associated with law enforcement and incarceration, she hopes the commission will delve into the global finances in its next stage.

Arbour said political leaders must recognize that by investing huge amounts of money in enforcement and incarceration, they are depriving their governments of public health dollars that could be better applied to prevention and treatment.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/war-drugs-maki ... 34339.html



We have lost the war on drugs
The 'War on Drugs' has failed. Perhaps it is a war that could never have been won.

Crime figures to be released this week will show another leap in drug-related crime in Britain's major cities, as we report today. In London, the increase is nearly 30 per cent; in Birmingham 20 per cent with a 47 per cent rise in the possession of heroin and cocaine. In part the figures reflect Government's clear-sighted strategy of shifting police resources from possession of soft drugs to concentrate on Class A substances. But they also reveal a disaster escalating out of control.

The facts are clear: while the quantity of hard drugs seized by police and customs rises year on year, officials admit that around 90 per cent of drugs still reach their destination. Wherever you are in Britain, hard drugs are readily available and, as drug use has risen, public support for the drug war has collapsed. When half of all Britons aged 16 to 24 report using illegal drugs, the law risks becoming an ass.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2003/ ... ohol.drugs


'We are losing the war on drugs': Kenneth Clarke makes frank admission... but says there'll be no law changes

The Justice Secretary said the UK was “plainly losing” the war on drugs - and may even be going backwards
Outspoken Justice Secretary Ken Clarke today admitted Britain was losing the battle against drug abuse.

He said the UK was “plainly losing” the war on drugs - and may even be going backwards.

But he insisted he was opposed to decriminalisation and that the government had “no intention whatever” of relaxing the law.

Mr Clarke delivered his gloomy assessment when asked at the home affairs select committee what his long ministerial experience of dealing with the issue had taught him.

He said: “We have been engaged in a war against drugs for 30 years. We’re plainly losing it.

"We have not achieved very much progress. The same problems come round and round.
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 7:38 pm » by monica44


If all the countries around the world adopted the same approach, or even going one step further and legalize it and perhaps taxed it say no more than 5% there would be no more recession, anywhere, but its never going to happen, for they cannot control those who use.
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PostThu Jul 12, 2012 9:02 pm » by Edgar 2.0


To say nothing about cocaine being a stimulant, rather than a drug. And saying that from my own experience, exclusively.
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PostFri Jul 13, 2012 12:57 am » by I2haveseen


Edgar 2.0 wrote:To say nothing about cocaine being a stimulant, rather than a drug.

:headscratch: Urmmm.... psychiostimulants are drugs........ :flop:
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