Obama antwortet auf YouTube Fragen – Drug War

Barack Obama enttäuscht Cannabis-Konsumenten weltweit! http://hanf-aktivisten.de/?p=3615

“ Well, I think that this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate. I am not in favor of legalization. I am a strong believer that we need to think more about drugs as a public health problem. When you think about other damaging activities in our society [like] smoking, drunk driving, making sure you’re wearing seat belts, typically we’ve made huge strides over the last twenty to thirty years by changing people’s attitudes. On drugs, we have been so focused on arrests and incarceration and interdiction that we don’t spend as much time thinking about how we can shrink demand. This is something that within the White House, we are looking at very carefully.“

Moderator asks: Any Ideas?

Some of this requires shifting resources, being strategic as to where it makes sense for us to focus on where we need interdiction. We have to go after drug cartels that are not only selling drugs but are creating havoc, for example, along the US — Mexican border. But also, is there some way for us to shrink demand? In some cities, for example, it might take you six months to get into a drug treatment program. Well, if you’re trying to kick a habit and somebody says come back in six months, that’s pretty discouraging. So we’ve got to do more on figuring out how we get resources on that end of it and also look at what we are doing when we have non-violent, first-time drug offenders. Are there ways that we can make sure that we are steering them into the straight-and-narrow without automatically resorting to incarceration and drug courts and mechanisms like that. These are all issues that are worth exploring and worth a serious debate.





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