End the War On Drugs

Robert Holder
Robert Holder 12 Comments
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The War On Drugs is a war on American citizens. It costs over seventeen billion dollars every year. All of the illegal drugs combined do not kill as many people every year in America as either alcohol or nicotine. Drug addiction is a health problem. We need to stop criminalizing these health problems. Civil asset forfeiture is a procedure law enforcement can use to seize your bank account, home, car and other property without a warrant and without taking you to court. This ability has been abused many times by law enforcement in the name of the Drug War. Over two million people are in prison right now, and perhaps half of them are nonviolent drug offenders. Meanwhile, many violent murderers and rapists are released early because there is not enough room in the prisons. There are so many people in prison, mostly because of the Drugwar, that many prisons are no longer run by the government, but are run by private corporations. This was not the vision of this country\'s Founding Fathers. In the 1930s, gangsters used violence to control their black market territories. This was profitable to them because they were the only ones selling liquor. When alcohol prohibition ended, the gangsters could no longer compete with legitimate businesses, and the black market and the violence that came with it largely disappeared. Prohibition did not work in the 1930s and it is not working now. The violence associated with the drug war would drop dramatically if drugs were legal. Urban gangs could not compete with companies as large as, for example, Phillip Morris or Jack Daniels. Without their steady cash supply, the gang members would either have to find legitimate employment, or would continue their violent ways. Then we would be able to put the violent people in prison where they belong, and prison would again be a place for the violent and antisocial. The most serious issue regarding harm reduction and legalization of these drugs is raised by people who are concerned that addiction rates would skyrocket if these drugs were legalized, and that there would be a tremendous social cost. This is an important concern, but predictions the the repeal of alcohol prohibition would cause alcoholism to skyrocket turned out to be incorrect. In any case, people with drug addictions need medical and psychiatric help. Throwing them in jail damages them further, and when they get out of jail they are more of a danger to society, not less.

Sponsor

My name is Robert Holder. I am a tax-paying citizen of the USA, and I believe that the drug war is a serious threat to the American way of life. It is being used as an excuse to take away our freedoms. If black market drug profits do help sponsor terrorism, let\'s put those profits in the pockets of respected, law-abiding American corporations, and take them out of the hands of terrorists.

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/ http://www.drcnet.org/cops/ http://www.drugpeace.org/ http://globalexchange.org/campaigns/mexico/slope/section2.html http://www.november.org/ http://www.cjcj.org/drug/ http://www.stopthewar.com/ http://www.trac.syr.edu/tracdea/index.html http://serendipity.magnet.ch/wod.html
  • Ben Tebby
    Ben Tebby Canada, Barrie
    Apr 30, 2017
    Apr 30, 2017
    this must end stop the misery!
  • Rob Lindsay
    Rob Lindsay United States, Boise
    Apr 01, 2017
    Apr 01, 2017
    End this war along with the war on legitimate pain patients
  • steve smith
    steve smith United States, San Antonio
    Dec 07, 2016
    Dec 07, 2016
    this war is unconstitutional, violates civil rights and is an affront to liberty. it has gone on since 1971 and all its doing is powering the school to prison pipeline and the prison industrial complex overall. this needs to end today
  • Derek hughed
    Derek hughed United States, Chicago
    Nov 27, 2016
    Nov 27, 2016
    The only thing worse than legal heroin is...ILLEGAL heroin! Although both are 99.9% the same as in look, smell,taste, and effects, the only difference is that the latter of the two WILL cause a supernova of complete disaster of biblical proportions for the user, the users family and loved ones, the community, the city, the state, the country, the continent, as well as the world. The snowball effect . Look how cops act over dope, they would rather catch a user than a molester, they get more users, because that's all they look for. And profile all of us they sure do. And the more users they arrest,the more paperwork and overtime they get, being a cop nowadays is not such a bad idea is it? It's like you are your own boss, you can set your own hours basicly, you can even work from home. And you get to wear that sweet badge that makes you feel like a god, as long as you want. If you need extra cash for the coming up week you simply knock off enough heads to suffice, even if you have to plant or conjure up the truth. But society knows all about the policeman's war on the people. Look how cops were viewed in the 50s by the public and media and look how they are viewed today butches same. I can't remember any shows back in the black and white TV family days that showed that one cop as a moron, or a bully. He was always a good person who had advice and could help you with ease. Now look at today's society views of a cop. We see them as idiotic, confused, clumsy, or we see them as barbaric, lethal, crazy, trigger happy monsters and I'm certain it's because of the war on drugs. Cops ruin lives and lots of them over small petty amounts of dope. The cop from the 50s would if gave you a stern talking, and some advice, but he wouldn't have created a felony, a broken family, jailtime, and a ruined life out of it, and for anybody who says "he was just doing his job" well that is the worst excuse known to mankind, because the men who ran the gas chambers in Nazi Germany were just doing their jobs also, and look what happend there.
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