The Global Commission on Drug Policy has officially concluded what a lot of you probably already knew, that the "war on drugs" has been both expensive and a failure. The commission, whose members include Kofi Annan, is officially urging President Obama and other world leaders to put a stop to "the criminalization, marginalization, and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others." In other words, these very official non-hippies think it's time to legalize.
"We simply cannot treat them all as criminals," the Commission's report says of the approximately 250 million people across the globe that use illegal drugs.
Before anyone gets too excited, both the Obama administration and Mexico's government have already rejected this recommendation, and an administration official said, "Making drugs more available — as this report suggests — will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe." Instead, we'll keep spending millions upon millions of dollars on this. Glad we all checked in!