ACLU: Two-thirds of U.S. respondents believe the War on Drugs was a failure

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More than two-thirds of U.S. voters surveyed believe the country must change its current drug policies to a model that prioritizes public health as opposed to law enforcement, according to a new poll from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). The U.S. is approaching the 50 th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs,” which has disproportionately affected people of colour. Spawning the creation of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and neglecting to prevent health issues such as the overdose crisis , U.S. citizens have criticized the approach and no longer seem to support the country’s way of dealing with drugs. “The majority of voters believe that current drug policies have made the problem of drug use and addiction worse and only serve to overcrowd the nation’s jails,” reads a statement from the ACLU. “The breadth and depth of support for change suggests that there are few issues for which the nation’s laws so misrepresent the preferences of the American people as for drugs.” Canadians turn to weed and alcohol as pandemic takes a toll on mental health Berner and Chris Webber to help marginalized communities through cannabis scholarships Seth Rogen suggests racist approach to cannabis laws have not changed The poll indicates that the majority of Americans also support decriminalizing simple possession, with 66 per cent of respondents noting they are in favour of “eliminating criminal penalties for drug possession and reinvesting drug enforcement resources into treatment and addiction services.” While the majority of Democrats (85 per cent) and Independents (72 per cent) agreed with the overall U.S. public regarding the elimination of criminal penalties, most Republicans were dubious, with less than half (40 per cent) in favour of doing so. But despite disagreements along party lines regarding justice reform and…

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