Bob Carr, Australia's foreign minister, whose brother died after a heroin overdose, has urged the decriminalisation of low-level drug use, after a report concluded the war on the scourge was lost.So now we've got prominent leaders from Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Colombia, and Brazil, not to mention the great states of New Mexico and New Jersey and UN secretary general.
His comments were at odds with Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, who said tough policing was the answer while the government's chief law officer expressed a measure of scepticism about the new report.
Wouldn't it be great if our federal leaders could do the same. Republicans could call off the federal war on drugs (I'm all for letting states and localities make their own laws) on the grounds of Federalism. What could be more Tea Party conservative than that?
[thanks to J.B.]