Pubdate: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 Source: New York Times (NY) Copyright: 2011 The New York Times Company Contact: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/lettertoeditor.html Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/298 Author: Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy. Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n395/a10.html DISPATCHES FROM THE WAR ON DRUGS To the Editor: Regarding former President Jimmy Carter's Op-Ed article, don't look to the Obama administration for change. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy immediately rejected the Global Commission on Drug Policy's recommendations and defended the "balanced drug control efforts" of the federal government. These "balanced" efforts have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world. The United States-financed Merida Initiative has led to unprecedented violence across the border. Upward of 35,000 people have been killed in prohibition-related violence in Mexico over the last four years. Despite random drug testing, warrantless searches and mandatory minimum prison sentences, the United States has higher rates of drug use than European Union countries that have decriminalized drug use. The drug war is an abject failure. America can no longer afford to throw good money after bad drug policy. ROBERT SHARPE Washington, June 17, 2011 - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.