A war on
bypass, shirk, evade, circumvent,
avoid or otherwise attempt
"The drug war has failed because it defines any use of an
illegal drug as abuse in need of treatment,
The drug war has been building for almost 100 years.
It began with the flawed logic of
social engineers such as
Richmond Pearson Hobson and
Harry Jacob Anslinger to
punish anyone who used or sold drugs they didn't like.
As the situation
Rockefeller, Richard Nixon
and then Ronald
Reagan escalated the war.
Academics predicted failure but were
ignored." - John Chase
the government going to
learn that it can not police drug abuse when it is
a symptom of a sick society?
"It's been corporate
policy for at least 18 years that every new hire excrete on command while a
rubber-gloved nurse waits outside with her ear plastered to the door.
Those who test
positive for illegal drugs don't get their promised job, on grounds that
someone who can't stay off the stuff long enough to pass a one-time,
advance-notice screening might have a problem.
This despite the fact
that we generally don't operate machinery heavier than a coffee pot, aren't
likely to sell our secrets to blackmailing Russkies and are supposed to be at
representative of typical Americans.
Because guess what? The typical
American - and just about every journalist I've ever
asked - has already tried marijuana at least once before the age of 25,
according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and
What's more, despite 35 years and billions of dollars worth
of taxpayer financed
propaganda to the contrary, most of those who've inhaled didn't collapse
through the "gateway" into
addiction or "Traffic"style sex
slavery." - Matt Welch
October 27, 1970 Congress passes the Comprehensive Drug
Abuse Prevention and Control Act categorizing chemical compounds based on
their medicinal use and potential for addiction.
release a report that ten to fifteen percent of US servicemen in Vietnam were
addicted to Heroin.
President Nixon declared drug abuse to be
"public enemy number one".
"I started in the
war on drugs at the
I worked the first 14 years undercover.
followed the war on drugs
When I retired I
felt bad about my role in implementing what today I consider an unjust war on
war on drugs was declared by Richard Nixon.
As the federal funding
started pouring in, we went from a seven-man unit to a 76-person bureau of
When you increase any organization by 11 times overnight,
you set up a great deal of expectations.
Since cops are judged mainly
on the number of arrests they make, the expectation was that in the coming year
we'd arrest at least 11 times as many people for non-violent drug offense as we
did the year before.
We were supposed to arrest drug users: Not an easy
job in 1970 for several reasons.
First, we didn't really have much of a
drug problem in 1970.
Those of us old enough to look back to those
times, we know the main problem was soft drugs: marijuana,
mushrooms, LSD - the
We targeted young folks, folks in high school or
college or in between, little friendship groups, because there were no drug
Our bosses didn't know how to fight a
war on drugs.
They knew one thing: They knew
how to work that federal cash cow.
So they had to make the war
on drugs look like it was an absolute necessity.
arresting everybody we could put our fingers on.
I infiltrated a group
of maybe 15 young people.
Friday night, school's out, work's out,
somebody'd say "You wanna get high?"
A few people would take them up on
that, and of course I was always there to take them up on that.
the friends who happened to have access to the family car could go and get
drugs - because I was working the suburbs.
There just were no drugs in
the suburbs; you had to go to New York City to get them - and he'd ask what do
One person says get me a couple joints, one says get me some
acid, and when they came to me I'd put my order in too, for this tiny bit of
An hour later they'd come back and hand this stuff out to
And when they handed it to me they became a big-time
And I would stay in that group until I got everybody in
Which was easy because whoever made the run before didn't
want to do it again; they weren't even getting gas money.
just young people accommodating each other.
In 2002 I sat down with
four other police officers and we decided we were going to try and do
We decided first -
what should law
enforcement people be trying to do?
We boiled it down to the very
essence - we were interested in reducing the incidence of death,
crime and addiction.
And sadly, folks,
all four of those categories are
just made infinitely worse by the war on drugs itself.
We decided we wanted to end drug prohibition,
just like we ended alcohol prohibition in 1933.
As law enforcement we
knew that the very day after we ended that terrible law, Al Capone and all his
smuggling buddies were out of business.
They were no longer out on the
streets, killing each other to try and control that lucrative business.
They were no longer killing us cops trying to fight that useless war.
They were no longer killing our children caught in crossfire and
drive-by shootings: all the things we have today.
We knew that if we
came up with a system of legalized regulation of drugs today we could take all
the violence out of this equation.
All of it.
If we treated drug abuse we could actually start
helping these people instead of destroying their lives.
already spent more than a trillion dollars on the war on drugs, since 1970.
And what do we have to show for that money?
And by the way,
it's $69 billion more every year that we'll throw down the same rathole.
After 37 years we've made over 38 million arrests for non-violent drug
We've quadrupled the number of people in our prisons in a
We've made building prisons the fastest-growing
industry in the US.
Despite all this money spent, and all these lives
destroyed, today drugs are cheaper, they're more potent and they're easier for
our children to access than they were in 1970 when I started buying them as an
In 1969 you could count the number of arrests for
non-violent drug offenses in the tens of thousands.
That first year
when we started this campaign that number went up to 415,000.
were doing anything to interdict drugs, the price would go up, not down, right?
The supply would go down, not up.
Instead, when I was a young
trooper in 1970, kicking down doors and executing search warrants a good
seizure for a local cop might be an ounce of cocaine or a quarter-ounce
Look at what we're seizing today.
In 2002, in a single seizure
we seized ten tons of Heroin and in another single seizure 20 tons of
That's a failed policy, with unintended
consequences any way you look at it." - Jack Cole, 26 year veteran New
Jersey State Police, executive director of Law Enforcement Against
"Nonviolent drug use represents the largest
increase in our prison population since the so-called
war on drugs began
under Richard Nixon.
Maybe we all need to pay attention to the fact that our prisons are
built and run by
private corporations, and that this has been among the fastest growing,
most profitable industries." - Lillian Laskin
"From the farmers' point of view, cannabis is an
easy crop to grow and will yield from three to six tons per acre on nearly any
land including marginal lands.
Cannabis has a short growing season, so
that it can be planted after other crops are in.
Cannabis can be grown
in any state of the union.
The long roots penetrate and break the soil
to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop.
shock of leaves, eight to twelve feet about the ground, chokes out weeds.
Two successive crops are enough to reclaim land that has been abandoned
because of Canadian thistles or quack grass." - Jack Herer
"Marijuana makes up 60 to 70% of the Mexican drug
trade and lifting prohibitions on it in the United States would eradicate a
major source of funds for the cartels."- Radley Balko"Prohibition is a drain on the
Federal, state and local governments spend roughly $44
billion per year to enforce drug prohibition.
These same governments
forego roughly $33 billion per year in tax
revenue they could collect from legalized drugs, assuming these were taxed
at rates similar to those on alcohol and
Under prohibition, these
revenues accrue to traffickers as increased profits." - Jeffrey Miron,
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