despite punitive illegal drug policies, as well as (in
many U.S. states), a higher minimum legal alcohol
drinking age than many comparable developed
countries," write the researchers.

Drug users in this country show a stubborn
indifference to whether their preferred vice comes
from Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay
or Pluto, as long as it comes from somewhere. It
always does.

Unfortunately, the drug cartels control much of
Congress. Hiding behind “ulterior motives,”
protecting our youth from drug exposure, they have
bought most politicians. I personally think that
because so much money is at stake, the cartels would “eliminate” any opposition to
strict drug rules. It’s the only way they can stay in business. The minute the government
legalizes drug use, they are out of business.

It is time that the American politicians accept the truth: drug addiction is a disease, not a
crime. Legalizing and treating addicts is the only way to stop the flow of drugs. Not to
mention the savings achieved from the war on drugs plus the revenue on the taxation of
such substances.

With our national debt at 10% of GDP--and growing--it may be time for the US
government to rethink its drug policies.

Carlos Mock, MD has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its
GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in
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What politicians in the US won't tell you about the war on
drugs
by Carlos T Mock, MD

The unfortunate truth Americans can't deal with is despite tough anti-drug laws, a 2008
survey by The World Health Organization (WHO) shows the U.S. has the highest level
of illegal drug use in the world.

The survey of legal and illegal drug use in 17 countries, including the Netherlands and
other countries with less stringent drug laws, shows Americans report the highest level
of cocaine and marijuana use.

For example, Americans were four times more likely to report using cocaine in their
lifetime than the next closest country, New Zealand (16% vs. 4%),

Marijuana use was more widely reported worldwide, and the U.S. also had the highest
rate of use at 42.4% compared with 41.9% of New Zealanders.

In contrast, in the Netherlands, which has more liberal drug policies than the U.S., only
1.9% of people reported cocaine use and 19.8% reported marijuana use.

"The use of drugs seems to be a feature of more affluent countries. The U.S., which
has been driving much of the world's drug research and drug policy agenda, stands
out with higher levels of use of alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis,
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