CONGRESS VOTES TO RE-CONSIDER "U.S. WAR ON DRUGS":
Eight months after it was introduced, H.R. 2134 unanimously passed the House of Representatives and is now going to be considered by the Senate. It would establish an independent commission “… to review and evaluate United States policy regarding illicit drug supply reduction and interdiction, with particular emphasis on international drug policies and programs directed toward the countries of the Western Hemisphere, along with foreign and domestic demand reduction policies and programs. The Commission shall identify policy and program options to improve existing international and domestic counternarcotics policy.” Allocated funding: $2 million. According to an article distributed by Inter Press Service on 12 Dec., “This is being seen as an acknowledgement that current strategies meant to control illicit drugs are not working – and have not worked for a while.”
(http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/1/hr2134) A summary by JoinTogether states that over the past decades more than $11 billion have been spent on the effort to reduce supply of cocaine alone.