A group of retired political leaders — strangely not under the influence of lobbying money (or drugs) — has recommended the world, especially the United States, reconsider the War on Drugs.

Their report argues that anti-drug policy has failed by fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths.

But it gives us awesome crime movies and television shows!

It calls for drug policies based on methods empirically proven to reduce crime and promote economic and social development.

The commission is especially critical of the US, saying it must abandon anti-crime approaches to drug policy and adopt strategies rooted in healthcare and human rights.

Healthcare and human rights, you know where this is going.

“Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated,” said a spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

“Making drugs more available – as this report suggests – will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

“Spokesman”?, just admit it’s an old “macro” on a word processor you’ve had around since WordPerfect 2.0.

Time to devote what little discretionary spending remains on more prisons — please engage the “USA, USA, USA” macro.