Video: America’s Drug War Destroyed In Under Five Minutes


Photo: Netroots Nation
“Radical” Russ Belville: “Three in four cannabis users are white, but it’s blacks and Latinos that spend the brunt of the time for punishment”

‚ÄčAmerica’s War On Drugs is admittedly an easy target.

It’s never really made sense, it’s never really had the intended results (even while increasing prices and cartel profits, overfilling our jails, and shredding our Bill of Rights), and it’s increasingly unpopular with the public.

But it’s still a thrill to see “Radical” Russ Belville of NORML and Stephen Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance rip the Drug War mentality and methods to shreds in just 4:47 via this video from Netroots Nation.

(Did you know that the U.S.A., with one-fifth the population, has more people in prison than does China? Well, we do. And it’s time to change that.)

With a wave of populist energy upending the old political coalitions, bloggers have a leading role to play in redefining the political playing field.

Ballot measures are being considered in several states for 2010 and 2012.

By embracing marijuana as a serious issue to be addressed in the context of a broader populist movement, bloggers can help to take it out of the policy and political ghetto where it normally resides and help the movement make genuine progress.