Ending the War on Drugs
WCVI promotes anti-drug prohibition, anti-war on drugs policy
"The War on Drugs is really a war on Latinos and African Americans, as well as the developing world."
- Antonio Gonzalez, WCVI President
WCVI has opposed the so called "War on Drugs" since 1999 calling for an end to U.S. programs in Latin America and elsewhere as failed policies whose unintended consequences include creating a global trillion dollar black market for drugs and have financed directly or indirectly the deaths of more than 100,000 persons particularly in Latin America and Asia, most notably Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In the US the "Drug War" unwittingly intensified gang activity in US Latino and Black neighborhoods with black market drug profit incentives causing heretofore unknown armed gang conflicts with countless casualties of innocent bystanders.
The drug war also disproportionately effects US African Americans and Latinos thru a stark disparity among those arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison for non-violent drug crimes. For example a misdemeanor marijuana conviction can lead to: a bar on adopting a child in 38 states; revocation of a professional license in 20 states; denial of federal financial aid for a year or more in 28 states; suspension of one's driver's license for six months in 21 states and D.C.; and a ban from public housing for three years in 46 states, 13 for non citizens, a conviction can even trigger deportation, sometimes with almost no possibility of discretionary relief.
WCVI continues to advocate today to end "the drug war" by replacing drug prohibition policies with alternate strategies that regulate, tax and otherwise control responsible substance use in the same way alcoholic beverages are regulated today. WCVI advocates a health-oriented, harm reduction approach to the problem of drug abuse in contrast to the punitive policies characteristic of the Drug War.