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The War on Drugs

Worthwhile pursuit or colossal waste of tax money?

started by otm_shank on 12/2/09.

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Though I am for The War on Drugs I would like to point out my definition for Drugs is Heroin, Cocaine and other harmful hardcore substances of that nature in other words not Marijuana. That being said even though I am for WOD I find it to be costly like it says in the subtitle a colossal waste of tax money so I say we cut the tax dollors funding WOD and supplement the tax money lost with donations and with money given by organizations that have a stake in drug use and distribution being put down. How better to help take down drugs then those opposed to drugs already?

by ShinyCrazy (51.02) on 5/19/10.

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If people signed a waiver that said they would neither seek nor accept state paid for medical help when buying their hardcore drugs they can shoot up and melt away in a corner for all I care (heck Id say a state cremation could probably be thrown in too), but they do not have the right to abuse drugs then make themselves a burden on the rest of society.

Your average pot head may cry foul against this argument in that their drug of choice isn't so instantly addictive or destructive as hard drugs. Weed will give you cancer just like cigarettes if you smoke it long enough. We may not have outlawed tobacco, but we've raised the tax so high that people can not afford to buy them and the only place they are free to smoke anymore is in their own home or outside away from other people.

by Uklamok (62.03) on 12/8/09.

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If you have to fight the war, you may as well fight the war while on drugs.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 12/3/09.

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We need a war against drugs so future parents do not name their child Frogger. :) But, I am pretty toasted right now, so what do I know.



by Buscia (65.31) on 12/6/09.

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"Our federal prisons literally are packed with non-violent drug offenders who often have no prior criminal record. People charged with simple drug possession quite often serve more time in jail than violent criminals ... and the violent ones are routinely released to make room for the drug offenders." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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"The vast majority of people who use recreational drugs do not become addicts and do not need treatment. Most convicted criminals have used marijuana, as well as many other substances. There is no truth to the "Gateway Theory", as millions of Americans who admit to smoking pot do not desire harder drugs, and do not have life-ruining habits that began with pot smoking. Research on the efficacy of marijuana use is non-existant in the USA due to a prohibition on research. International research, however, shows that marijuana's medicinal properties are undeniable." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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"COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS!

After nearly four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 37 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 35 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

The stated goals of current U.S.drug policy -- reducing crime, drug addiction, and juvenile drug use -- have not been achieved, even after nearly four decades of a policy of "war on drugs." This policy, fueled by over a trillion of our tax dollars has had little or no effect on the levels of drug addiction among our fellow citizens, but has instead resulted in a tremendous increase in crime and in the numbers of Americans in our prisons and jails. With 4.6% of the world's population, America today has 22.5% of the worlds prisoners. But, after all that time, after all the destroyed lives and after all the wasted resources, prohibited drugs today are cheaper, stronger, and easier to get than they were thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the so-called "war on drugs." - LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) www.leap.cc

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/15/09.

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"More Americans are imprisoned on drug charges than what Western Europe (with a bigger population) locks up for all offenses. This unprecedented mass incarceration has imposed an emormous burden on US taxpayers. The federal government faces multi-trillion dollar budget deficits and warns of reductions in social services, education, and the environment. The federal anti-drug budget, however, will increase by 4.7% this fiscal year to $12.468 billion dollars. From 1984 to 1996, California built 21 new prisons, and 1 new university. California state government expenditures on prisons increased 30% from 1987 to 1995, while spending on higher education decreased by 18%. This trend is echoed in every state of the nation." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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Every dollar that goes towards the ridiculous War on Drugs is a dollar out of the taxpayers' pockets that could otherwise be spent on worthwhile programs.

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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"For what American spends on the Drug War, we could have a first-class health care system for everybody. Public health problems like HIV and Hepatitis C are exacerbated by zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean needles. Millions of people who suffer from AIDs, cancer, and other wasting diseases find relief from smoking marijuana." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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The War on Drugs is legislation of morality. People are imprisoned for the purchasing and possession of substances they wish to put into their own bodies. Whether or not it is wise to do so health-wise, people should be allowed to do whatever they wish to themselves, provided it harms no one else.

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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"The War on Drugs is waged more harshly against the poor and minorities who don't have the resources to fight back. Draconian laws are never applied evenly to all people. African Americans comprise only 12.2% of the population but they make up 38% of those arrested for drug offenses and 59% of those convicted of drug offenses." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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"If there is no victim, how can there be a crime? Drug prohibition breeds police corruption and abuse, for the temptation to make drug profits in the black market is very strong. Almost every major US city has had innocent citizens accidentally killed by police in pursuit of a drug bust. Under current law -- driven by the Drug War -- police need only "probable cause" before they can seize property of a 'suspected' drug dealer. This has become a major source of funds for law enforcement agencies as the value of property seized has soared into the hundreds of millions of dollars." - www.efficacy-online.org

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/3/09.

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