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Drug War Critics Rally On 40th Anniversary

On the 40th anniversary of the War on Drugs, the Obama administration seems to be favoring rehabilitation over prosecution. But at rallies today against the nation’s longest war in San Diego and elsewhere, critics say it’s too little, and far too late.

Gretchen Burns Bergman is founder of A New PATH, an organization promoting a public health approach to drug policy. She sees sending addicts to jail as counterproductive. Her son spent 10 years in and out of jail for marijuana use.

“People don’t really have a very clear picture of what goes on behind bars and what the prison culture is. And it’s certainly nothing you would ever want your children to have a big education in,” said Bergman.

The government spends billions every year to incarcerate drug offenders with relatively little success, according to Bergman. She supports decriminalizing non-violent drug offenses and advocates for policies focusing on rehabilitation and therapy.

A New PATH is hosting a rally to end the War on Drugs in Pioneer Park in Mission Hills this afternoon at 5.

Bergman is not alone in her fight against the Drug War. Multiple events around the country are taking place against the current drug policy.

Other Anti-War On Drugs Events

June 18, 2011

The War on Drugs--Connecting the Dots Fair and Forum

Location: Dallas, Texas

For more information

End The Drug War

Location: Hartford, Connecticut

For more information

Community Solutions - A community response to the 40-year War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

Location: Inglewood, California

For more information

40 Years of Collateral Damage from the War on Drugs

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information

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dregstudios | June 17, 2011 at 4:55 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

The War on Drugs failed $1 Trillion ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and read more on my artist’s blog at

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