Sir Richard Branson’s son has created a documentary about drug abuse and our nations War on Drugs. It’s how the US deals with drug users and abusers. It’s been distributed free on the internet, via YouTube. Watch it below, or on YT here.
From the YouTube website, a little info on the documentary below:
Narrated by Morgan Freeman (English version) & Gael Garcia Bernal (Spanish version), this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.
Produced by Sundog Pictures and Spray Filmes the film is launching here on the 7th December 2012 and will be seen on international television in 2013.
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Wired recently reviewed the film and spoke with its director, Fernando Andrade. From Ian Steadman’s story at Wired:
Breaking the Taboo is straightforwardly honest about its message from the start — the war on drugs is futile and misguided, and it makes people’s lives miserable. It makes its points clearly: the drug war has devastated South American countries; it has devastated poor communities in the US; it’s given rise to a huge prison-industrial complex in the US; countries that have approached drugs as a health problem and not a criminal one, like Portugal, the Czech Republic or the Netherlands, have fewer problems with organised crime and addiction.
The War on Drugs is a complete and utter failure here in the US, yet we continue to incarcerate instead of medically treating drug abusers and drug addicts. This documentary takes on the task of explaining the fuckery involved with our failed war against our own people and the results as well as how to fix such a human problem and keep politics the fuck out of it.
After 50 years of this failed bullshit and trillions of American dollars…its damn time to end it. It won’t be easy as the private prison systems, across the US want us to continue to jail offenders instead of medically helping them get their shit together.
Because it’s all about The Money for them. Not the lives they ruin and the families they break apart and destroy. Sadly, our government, including Obama has gone along with the skewed and screwed-up logic when it comes to drug use and drug abuse.
You can also sign a petition to end this senseless war here.