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Drug Policy

The U.S. spends over $11 billion a year on the ‘War on Drugs’, yet it still remains the biggest producer, consumer, and exporter of many illegal drugs including marijuana and methamphetamine.

The stress that is put on soft drugs is RIDICULOUS! Taxpayer money is being used to support guys who got thrown in jail for having more than a couple ounces of weed on them. What good does that do? Thousands of people die each year from alcohol and tobacco; how many die from marijuana use? None. So why waste our money as well as police/DEA time on catching guys who enjoy using the herb?

Also, why throw addicts in jail? What could that possibly cause? Hmm, they’re physically and psychologically addicted to a drug, so we’ll throw em in the slammer so they’ll never want to do the drug again… That is NOT how it works. They’re going to crave the drug more than ever, only next time they’re out of jail, they’ll have more motivation to not get caught by the police while using their drugs. Treatment, instead of jail-time, is the answer. That is the way to break addiction and psychological dependency.

Actually the U.S. gov’t spent 18 billion in 2001 on the Drug War. The individual states spent an equal amount, I believe. Why does the war go on? Money. Prison guard unions, prison construction companies, drug testing companies (billion dollar industry), the DEA, police depts that rely on asset forfeiture, military contractors (Colombia), etc. All of these get a lot of funding because drugs are illegal. And there are just some people who love to try and control what other people do.

Money is the real reason why certain drugs are illegal. Just like the poster above commented on all the “industries” it supports. They(drugs) along with arms(weapons) dealers are the biggest profit makers in the world. Now how many cops, lawyers, judges and politicians get paid off with drug money? The corruption it breeds is reason enough to legalize them and put these scumbags out of business. The same people who’d throw you in jail for using peanut-size quantities of drugs are the ones who are benefitng financially from their illegalization. It’s one of the biggest hoaxes pulled on the unsuspecting American public. Absolutely disgusting.

[quote]Zeppelin795 wrote:
Money is the real reason why certain drugs are illegal. Just like the poster above commented on all the “industries” it supports. They(drugs) along with arms(weapons) dealers are the biggest profit makers in the world. Now how many cops, lawyers, judges and politicians get paid off with drug money? The corruption it breeds is reason enough to legalize them and put these scumbags out of business. The same people who’d throw you in jail for using peanut-size quantities of drugs are the ones who are benefitng financially from their illegalization. It’s one of the biggest hoaxes pulled on the unsuspecting American public. Absolutely disgusting.[/quote]

I am glad the replies to this show decent insight to the whole situation. I was scared that someone would log on and claim that these actions are justified. That isn’t sarcasm either. We live in a society filled with hypocrites.