Obama promise massive drug policy reform … again! Will he deliver this time around?

Obama adapt the drug policy reform hashtag. Will he adopt the policy as well?
Obama adapt the drug policy reform hashtag. Will he adopt the policy as well?

With mid-term elections around the corner, politicians of all strides are feverishly hunting for catch phrases and catch themes, and a growing number of democrats, as well as a sizable part of Republicans, have come to realize that public opinion has turned massively in favor of drug policy reform. Acknowledgement of the utter failure of the War on Drugs is reaching now quasi consensus, one of the very few issues capable of such a feast in an otherwise deeply divided country.

Obama was elected on vague promises of more sensible drug policies, and grand announcements on drug policy reforms have marked his presidency with remarkable regularity. The only problem of course is that deeds have not quite followed words, and if the most alarming trends of the Bush era have somewhat softened, the old patterns of mass incarceration continue virtually unabated.

Drug policy reform, or more specifically, marijuana legalization has now a solid track record of pulling to the polls people who would not otherwise bother to vote, but it will take more than words to mobilize them this time around.

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Drug Policy Reform on the move

After reaching a tipping point in 2012, the move towards global drug policy reform has intensified in 2013, with the consolidation on the breakthrough victories of 2012. More states have joined the expanding club of legal medical marijuana states. Legislation has been enacted for the establishment of legal adult marketplaces in Colorado and Washington State. Uruguay is in the final stage of becoming the first country in the world to formally legalize marijuana.

Now the line are being drawn for the next round of battles, in with the 2014 mid-term electoral cycle, and beyond, the 2016 US presidential elections.

The lines are being drawn globally as well, with a special UN cession on drug policy scheduled for 2016.

For a detailed review of the major trends and event, I invite you to check the following slideshow. Thank you for sharing and liking it!