Because the war on drugs (or Nixon's war on drugs, or a couple of speeches about drugs that Nixon gave) will only have one ruby anniversary, here is a roundup of additional commentary, courtesy of the Drug Policy Alliance's Tony Newman:
Ethan Nadelmann in The Nation: The Forty-Year Quagmire: An Exit Strategy for the War on Drugs
Maia Szalavitz in Time: Top 10 Unhealthy Side Effects of the War on Drugs
Clarence Page in the Chicago Tribune: Dump the War on Drugs
Leonard Pitts Jr. in The Miami Herald: Time to End the Drug 'War'
Syndicated columnist Neal Peirce: Nixon's Drug War: Obama's 'Change'?
Tim Padgett in Time: Four Decades Later, It's Time to Scrap the Dead-End Drug War
Melissa Bell in The Washington Post: War on Drugs: 40 Years Later and No End in Sight
Daniel Abrahamson in the San Jose Mercury-News: The Failed War on Drugs Is What's Packing California's Prisons
Stephen Gutwillig in the Los Angeles Daily News: America Needs Strategy to Exit Its Longest War
Emily Kaltenbach in the Albuquerque Journal: Four-Decade War on Drugs Has Failed Us in Every Way
Joel Dreyfuss in The Root: It's Official After 40 Years: War on Drugs Is a Bust!