Barack Obama called the War on Drugs an “utter failure.” Three South American Presidents want a “paradigm shift.” Is the “war” wasting billions while addiction and crime increase? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, would legalization make things better or worse? Also, a low turnout’s expected tomorrow in LA, but there’s more on the ballot than Mayor Villaraigosa’s re-election. Would a change of tone at City Hall be good or bad for neighborhood councils, developers and taxpaying voters?
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As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, “The war on drugs is an utter failure.” Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree. New York may repeal tough anti-drug laws. The federal government may stop raids in states that have legalized medical marijuana. That’s now California’s top crop, and there’s a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for state revenue during hard times. Three former South American presidents are among those who’ve asked the US for a “paradigm shift” in the so-called “war.” Would ending the “war” take the profit out of crime, violence and increased addiction, or would it be like fighting a fire with napalm? We hear a debate that’s coming out of the shadows.
Jack A. Cole, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Edmund Hartnett, Commissioner, Yonkers Police Department
Tom Ammiano, California State Assembly
Robert Charles, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Matters
Turnout in tomorrow's election is expected to be low citywide. Mayor Villaraigosa has only token opposition for re-election. But there are tough contests for City Attorney and City Controller, and a hot race in the 5th City Council District could have an impact beyond the district itself.
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Zev Yaroslavsky, veteran politician (@ZevYaroslavsky)
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)