I would agree that the news is full or reports providing misleading or biased information about our nations drugs policies. Reliable facts about the costs, impact and effectiveness of the “war on drugs’ are far harder to find than the drugs themselves. Scare stories about drug use and drug users distort the public’s perception, as do overblown claims about the medicinal benefits of marijuana. But beneath the hyperbole, there are facts on both sides that warrant honest debate and discussion. This book does not ‘cut through the current fog of misinformation with hard facts’. It chooses statistics and data selectively to support an argument, and mixes facts with opinions indiscriminately.

Drug abuse, and this nation’s response to it is one of the most important and complex challenges facing America. That’s why reformers care so much when facts are abused like they have been in this booklet. The national drug policies presently in place were not dreamed up from an ivory tower of idealism, but they were based on an assumption that criminalizing some forms of drug use is the best way to reduce the harms that drug use poses to society. Reformers believe that this assumption is incorrect, and seek to challenge it, and the arguments that support it. Where possible, we try our best to support our arguments with scientific evidence, but ‘scrupulously researched facts’ are scarce in the world of public policy, especially policy relating to criminal and illicit behavior. If the DEA can not admit that uncertainty, then it undermines its positioning of itself as an honest broker.

Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization, DEA

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