For some reason some people seem to think the Irish Times is a liberal newspaper, I've no idea why. I find it very conservative, little mention of sex & timid on even alcohol let alone other drugs
The rest of the Irish news media is to my mind even more conservative , though Hotpress & others try to fill the gap.
The Wall St Journal, hardly a bastion of American liberalism, published an Op Ed arguing for the decriminalisation of cannabis:
3 former heads of State in the WSJ - when do we get to have a national debate ?The War on Drugs Is a Failure
We should focus instead on reducing harm to users and on tackling organized crime.
The war on drugs has failed. And it's high time to replace an ineffective strategy with more humane and efficient drug policies.
Prohibitionist policies based on eradication, interdiction and criminalization of consumption simply haven't worked.
Next, we must shatter the taboos that inhibit public debate about drugs in our societies. Antinarcotic policies are firmly rooted in prejudices and fears that sometimes bear little relation to reality.
We also propose the careful evaluation, from a public-health standpoint, of the possibility of decriminalizing the possession of cannabis for personal use....But the available empirical evidence shows that the hazards caused by cannabis are similar to the harm caused by alcohol or tobacco.
A growing number of political, civic and c...But to be effective, the new paradigm must focus on health and education -- not repression.
Mr. Cardoso is the former president of Brazil. Mr. Gaviria is a former president of Colombia. Mr. Zedillo is a former president of Mexico.