In the lastest editorial in Fairfax' drug policy series, former WA Premier Geoff Gallop divides the war on drugs into two camps. On one side, the warriors. On the other side, realists and libertarians.
More than anything else, it is the attitudes and policies of the United States that most influence drug policies in this country. Drug prohibition is as American as Coca Cola, and the country spares no expense both in pursuing the War on Drugs and ensuring that other countries around the world tow its line. So it is worth examining the drug policies of the presumptive nominees of the two major parties in the upcoming US presidential election, John McCain and Barack Obama, especially as this election is being presented as a break from the partisan politics of the past and has become a contest between candidates of two very different generations.