The Winds of Change (US):
“Swapping Politics for Science on Drug Policy” is the headline of an article in The Nation, 21 Dec 09. It’s an overview that gives cause for optimism that US drug policy may indeed be brought into line with what long-standing evidence shows is effective – and hope that policies that are based entirely on unsupported (disproven!) dogma will finally be dumped. Inevitably there is wording with which some will find misleading - if not downright inaccurate. Overall, however, a comprehensive and well-written and compelling piece.
The concluding quote from Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of Drug Policy Alliance, sums up the cause for optimism: "If you take Obama's commitment, of no longer subordinating science to politics, and if you apply that seriously to drug policy, then there is no legitimate basis whatsoever for the federal government not to be supporting heroin maintenance and safe injection--research, at least--in the way that these other countries have. There's no legitimate basis whatsoever." On the down side: the history of the health "reform" legislation makes it painfully clear that regardless of the commitment of the President and top-level members of the Administration and a significant number of legislators, it's plain old politics that determines what happens - and that is a chilling prospect indeed!
Full article: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100104/schwartzapfel