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Sep 23, 2012 by Guest Voice
Has the war on drugs failed? Is it worth pursuing? This Guest Voice infographic argues it has been a failure:
Well seeing as how no matter how many drug cartels are shut down, or how many bad guys we arrest, there are always more ready to step in to take their place, clearly there needs to be change in strategy. It must be really hard to be a drug agent, make the bust of a lifetime, and see the replacement guy step into his shoes in less than 10 minutes. To watch the smuggling increase every year and know that no matter how many bad guys you take down, it doesn’t really make a difference.
I don’t know what the “solution” is, but the war on drugs ain’t it. The jury on that has been in for a long, long time. I suspect the real reason the war on drugs continues is because it provides jobs to law inforcement, the judical and penal system – for starters, also the associated equipment manufacturers, dog training, weapons, etc. All of these costs are socialized of course, except the costs covered by asset forfeiture – which is essentially legalized robbery of citizens. This is all more evidence of how dysfunctional our society has become. The statistics tell the story, but are facts and stats important any longer when it comes to setting and changing policies?
There is a great book on line called “marijuana is safer.” The preface is a free download online and is well worth reading in itself. It is written by a retired chief of police. The crux his message is that alcohol is far more dangerous than marijuana.
Common sense tells you that if something safer was to be placed on the free market, the demand for the more dangerous would go down. If legalizing marijuana would reduce alcohol consumption, the result would be lives saved, less domestic violence, less tax money being spent on a hypocritical war.
The details of said book are title;
“Marijuana Is Safer
So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?”
written by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert
Foreword by Norm Stamper
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