As most people know the "War on Drugs" has been a complete failure. Below are some links to groups that are fighting for an end to this "War". Also listed are some sites where you can find information on the history of drug laws. A good place to start is with 'Basic Facts About the War on Drugs' by Clifford A. Schaffer at http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/basicfax.htm.
A concise and very interesting history is found in a speech given by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law, USC Law School at the California Judges Association 1995 Annual Conference called "The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States". It can be found at http://mir.drugtext.org/druglibrary/schaffer/history/whiteb1.htm.
He also gives us warning of what he believes will be the next 'Prohibition'. We can already see this 'Prohibition' beginning to take shape although he believed it would not happen until 2005. His speech is based upon an article that he and Richard Bonnie published in the Virginia Law Review. It is entitled "The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry Into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition" at http://mir.drugtext.org/druglibrary/schaffer/LIBRARY/studies/vlr/vlrtoc.htm.
This is an important subject, no matter what your beliefs or feelings about drugs are. It shows that the government can and will outlaw anything it chooses to and will make most people believe that it is in their best interest to allow it to happen. These same techniques are being used to deprive us of our basic freedoms in other areas of our lives today. If we do not educate ourselves and stand up against their conniving there is no end to the freedoms that can and may be 'Prohibited' in the future.
Transform is the leading independent UK organisation campaigning for a just and effective drug policy. We exist to minimise drug-related harm to individuals and communities and believe that this is best achieved by legalising drugs. We provide authoritative and accurate information to increase understanding, encourage debate and influence policy.