Arianna Huffington on CNN: ‘The War On Drugs Has Failed And We Are Not Acknowledging It’

Arianna appeared on Monday morning’s edition of “CNN Starting Point With Soledad O’Brien,” joining a roundtable to discuss singer Tony Bennett’s call to legalize drugs. Bennett’s comments came on Saturday evening after singer Whitney Houston died at 48.

“First it was Michael Jackson,” Bennett said. “Then it was Amy Winehouse. and now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I’d like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs — so they’ll have to get it through a doctor, not to some gangsters who just sell it under the table.”

Arianna weighed in on Bennett’s view, pointing to the United States’ struggles in containing the war on drugs.

“The point I think is absolutely fair — that the war on drugs has failed and we are not acknowledging it. We are spending over $50 billion a year fighting a war that has become a war on our own people, especially among African Americans and minorities in general. All the distinctions between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, we are seeing our jails filled with non-violent drug offenders.”

Watch the clip below, courtesy of CNN.

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  1. Anonymous on

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    Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 2:24 AM

    By Dr. Mercola
    One of the most frustrating characteristics of multi-national drug corporations is their commitment to the corporate mantra of maximizing profits for their shareholders at any cost, including that of human lives.
    The testing of dangerous drugs and vaccines on children is an area that is particularly risk-filled…
    The Nuremberg Code i provides ethical guidelines for medical researchers to protect human test subjects in scientific experiments from injury, disability or death.
    The first principle of the Nuremberg Code—that doctors must obtain voluntary informed consent from the person about to be experimented on—appears to be frequently ignored, especially when it comes to clinical trials of experimental vaccines.

    In recent news, the Argentinean Federation of Health Professionals accused GlaxoSmithKline of misleading participants and pressuring impoverished, disadvantaged families into enrolling their children in clinical trials of the experimental Synflorix pediatric pneumonia vaccine.
    Fourteen of the children participating in the experimental vaccine trial died. Glaxo Smith Kline denies the charges and says it will appeal the nearly $240,000 fine imposed on the company and two doctors. According to CNN ii:
    “The deaths of 14 children, who reportedly died after participating in the trials, have drawn widespread attention in Argentinean media… GlaxoSmithKline categorically denies that the vaccine caused the deaths… But the health professional federation pointed to the children’s deaths in its call for increased regulations on drug testing.”

    PRICE OF PEACE REASON FOR WAR
    OUR EDUCATED LEADERS FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT TO KILL AND STEAL EVERYTHING FROM THE UNINFORMED IN THE LIFE.

    YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ANY RESPECT – HERE IS A PLAN WE ALL CAN BENEFIT FROM AS THE GUILTY ARE PURGED.

    Former B.C. Attorneys General Call for Legalization of Pot
    By Wendy Stueck, The Globe and Mail – Tuesday, February 14 2012

    Subject: SPACE TIME GOD MARK – $93,300,000,000,000.00 – THANKS MR. RATIGAN
    SUPER GREAT THANKS TO DYLAN RATIGAN FOR HELPING WITH THE MATH AND DISCUSSING A CARBON TAX SHUFFLE WITH STOCK OPTIONS AS A FORM OF PAYMENT OPTION FOR CITIZENS – TRIBES ARE LISTENING.
    311,000,000 CITIZENS MULTIPLIED BY A BLANKET SETTLEMENT AMOUNT OF $300,000.00 USD PER CITIZEN EQUATING THE AMOUNT OF $93,300,000,000,000.00 FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF BIO WAR.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/obama-war-on-weed.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_1

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/07/medical-marijuana-becoming-blockbuster-drug.aspx

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/05/dr-dietrich-klinghardt-on-lyme-disease.aspx

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Friday, February 17, 2012 12:33 AM

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT FOR MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME
    AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME!

    The Federal Tort Claims Act or “FTCA”, (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, Title IV, 62 Stat. 982, “28 U.S.C. Pt.VI Ch.171? and 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b)), is a statute enacted by the United States Congress in 1948. “Federal Tort Claims Act” was also previously the official short title passed by the Seventy-ninth Congress on August 2, 1946 as Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act, 60 Stat. 842, which was classified principally to chapter 20 (§§ 921, 922, 931–934, 941–946) of former Title 28, Judicial Code and Judiciary.
    That Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act act of August 2, 1946 was substantially repealed and reenacted as sections 1346 (b) and 2671 et seq. of this title by act June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 982, the first section of which enacted this title (Tort Claims Procedure). [1]
    The FTCA permits private parties to sue the United States in a federal court for most torts committed by persons acting on behalf of the United States. The FTCA constitutes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity.
    The Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946, for the first time, gave American citizens the right to sue the federal government.” [4]
    Bill O’Reilly Thinks Medical Marijuana is a Sneaky Plot to Give People Medicine, Or Something.
    Bill O’Reilly’s indignant posturing is typical of the contemporary medical marijuana skeptic: I have no problem with medical use, but any plan for supplying patients is a fraud and anyone who grows or sells marijuana is a scumbag.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdBNmCANzk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eF4Dn3CL0
    http://www.underourskin.com

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866&page=1

    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np8002673?journalCode=jnprdf&quickLinkVolume=71&quickLinkPage=1427&volume=71

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The email sent out by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.
    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime.

  2. Jah Know on

    O and also Ms. Huffington, believe it or not the war on drugs affects “white people”!? I know crazy!? It’s hard for people to understand that there is a HUGE population of poor “white people” out there that get as bad or worse treatment than so-called minorities….
    We are all one-Jah Know

  3. Jah Know on

    I’m glad Huffington has been listening to Ron Paul. Obviously Rep. Blackburn has not been living in reality.