Last Friday marked 40 years since President Nixon asked Congress for $155 million to launch a war on drugs. "Seven presidents later, the war grinds on," columnist Leonard Pitts wrote. "And if it has made even a dent in drug use, you could not prove it by me — nor, I would wager, by most observers. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, a group of international leaders including Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, issued a report this month that begins with this unambiguous declaration: 'The global war on drugs has failed.'"
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