10 Signs the Failed Drug War Is Finally Ending

Those who've been keeping up to date with the ups and downs of drug legalization, will have noted that in many ways 2009 was a very positive year. There have been some setbacks in the Netherlands, Great-Britain, Germany and Australia, but the following 10 news items definitely encourage us to remain optimistic.

1) Three former Latin American presidents call the drug war a failure (February 2009)

2) Michael Phelps and the bong hit heard around the world (February)

3) Obama justice department says "No more raids on patients and caregivers in states with medical marijuana laws" (March)

4) Drop the Rock! NY's Draconian Rockefeller drug laws finally reformed (April)

5) Governor Arnold calls for debate on legalizing marijuana: voters to decide in 2010 (May)

6) White House Drug Czar calls for end to the drug war (May)

7) Mexico and Argentina move to decriminalize marijuana and other drugs (August)

8) The results are in: Portugal's decriminalization law of 2001 reduced transmission of disease, cut overdose deaths and incarceration, while not increasing drug use (August)

9) Coming out of the closet: "Stiletto Stoners" (succesful women who smoke pot) explain why they like marijuana (September)

10) The marijuana legalization debate hits the mainstream (Fall)

Read the point by point analysis here: Alternet.org/drugreporter