Will Obama's second term see an end to the failed 'war on drugs'?

Marijuana legalisation ballots signal how public opinion is turning against the prohibition policy that needlessly filled US prisons
The Guardian (UK)
Friday, November 16, 2012

prisonerOne of the more surprising results of last week's election was the decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for adult use. The success of both these ballot initiatives has been welcomed by many as a signal that we are about to enter a more enlightened phase in the "war on drugs", which has criminalized drug addicts and recreational drug users, as well as drug dealers. In reality, however, there is little reason to believe that any fundamental change in government policy is in the works.