Thursday, January 23, 2014

The War On Personal Choice posted by M Caulfield

The war on drugs has proved that the supply of heroin, cocaine, and other substances cannot ultimately be stopped. Police are unable to keep drugs out of their own prisons, let alone out of neighborhoods and cities entirely. The aggressive attempt to do so has destroyed property, homes, neighborhoods, and countless lives of those directly and indirectly involved. In this drug-chase, many thousands of innocent people have lost their lives due to the drug-war, and gang related violence. All the while, the efforts of the state largely ignore the underlying causes of drug use, and actively under fund facilities which aim to treat and reduce recidivism (repeat use).
For many, the war on drugs began in 1971 with Nixon’s declaration, but many policies which were implemented were a continuation of drug policies which started in 1914. The battle has been raging for decades, and it has cost billions of dollars. In 2010, the U.S. Federal government spent over $15 billion on the war on drugs, which is roughly $500 per second. Thousands of arrests for non-violent drug law violations are made every year. Roughly $1 billion in taxpayer funds is spent every year to incarcerate cannabis offenders alone. With growing accessibility to the internet, more individuals are seeking alternative information, and finding the truth about “evil drugs”. The truth leads them to see how illicit drugs are arguably no more dangerous than synthetic poison, cigarettes, alcohol, many pharmaceuticals, or other items we “legally” indulge in or feel that we need.
Anything in excess, whether good or bad, can be unhealthy for the human body. Marijuana has even been shown to be safer and more efficient in treating symptoms than “legal” painkillers and synthetic medications. Alcohol, excessive tobacco use, and prescription medications have each contributed to the deaths of millions of individuals, and can also be blamed for ruining the lives of thousands of people who are indirectly involved (such as their family members).


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