End the War On Drugs

Robert Holder
Robert Holder 15 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.

Links

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
  • ella
    ella United Kingdom, Crawley
    Aug 31, 2017
    Aug 31, 2017
    legalize all drugs for a better quality control!
  • Linda Rubino
    Linda Rubino United States, Brockton
    Aug 25, 2017
    Aug 25, 2017
    Let's get out the rakes and take America clean of drugs once and for all
  • darrell slape
    darrell slape United States, Goose Creek
    Aug 11, 2017
    Aug 11, 2017
    facing prison for three drug charges! never was found with drugs or paraphernalia in my possession. alleged controlled buys are enough to take my life away,
  • Ben Tebby
    Ben Tebby Canada, Barrie
    Apr 30, 2017
    Apr 30, 2017
    this must end stop the misery!
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