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Gingrich wants what never was and can never be – a more aggressive drug war policy that works

December 12, 2011
J. D. Heyes, Natural News
12/11/2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls and could very well wind up being the next Republican presidential nominee. Like him or despise him, one knock against him is his publicly stated desire for something that hasn’t worked and can never work – a more “aggressive” drug policy and an absolute prohibition on medical marijuana.

In an interview last month, Gingrich changed his mind since 1981, when he first introduced legislation to legalize marijuana. “What has changed was the number of parents I met with who said they did not want their children to get the signal from the government that it was acceptable behavior and that they were prepared to say as a matter of value that it was better to send a clear signal on no drug use at the risk of inconveniencing some people, than it was to be compassionate toward a small group at the risk of telling a much larger group that it was okay to use the drug,” he said. “My general belief is that we ought to be much more aggressive about drug policy.”

The facts don’t bear that a “more aggressive” drug policy works, considering the “war on drugs” the U.S. has been waging since the 1980s. What has happened is this: millions of Americans have been jailed for smoking marijuana, and yet marijuana use has only grown over the past 30 years.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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