Just the facts as I see it

April 13, 2012

Drugs should be made legal. Part 1

Filed under: Politics — truth_seeker @ 4:57 pm

That’s right you heard me.I thing drugs, all drugs should be made legal. Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, LSD (Acid), etc…… All of it. Even crack, yes crack. I know some of you are saying I have lost my damn mind, but I assure you I have not. The war on drugs has lasted for 40yrs. 40 years and we (the American Government) has accomplished nothing. Yes every now and then they will show a huge drug bust but for that 100lbs of pot they caught, 5000lbs more make it into the country. Its easier than ever to get drugs now. For all the laws they have in place, if  I want pot I can walk down the street and buy it. Same goes for any type of drug. If I don’t know where to get it I know someone who does. This goes for 95% of the American population. I know all the arguments on why drugs should be made illegal. They kill, they cause violence, they cause crime, they destroy families, They cause the body harm, They fund terrorism activities Well lets look at these.

  1. They kill you/cause the body harm – Is this not the same for smoking, excessive drinking, over eating? This argument can used for anything. I want to ban skateboarding it causes harm to the body.
  2. They cause violence/crime – Once again this can be applied to more than one legal substance. How many people have you heard were drunk when they commented a crime or beat the hell out of his wife.
  3. They destroy families – And again, this can also be said about alcohol. Personally my family was destroyed by this. So why is alcohol any different.
  4. They fund terrorism activities – Yes they do now but if they were legal we would not have to worry about that. The Government would have oversight on that.

While these are all valid arguments they don’t hold up when challenged. Look at what happened when the government did prohibition, we ended with the likes of Al Capone. Suddenly violence skyrocketed Prohibition was from 1919-1933. Here is a quote from the first day of prohibition by the Reverend Billy Sunday;

“The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent.”

This is what happened during prohibition;

  • Police funding: INCREASED $11.4 Million
  • Arrests for Prohibition Las Violations: INCREASED 102+%
  • Arrests for Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct: INCREASED 41%
  • Arrests of Drunken Drivers: INCREASED 81%
  • Thefts and Burglaries: INCREASED 9%
  • Homicides, Assault, and Battery: INCREASED 13%
  • Number of Federal Convicts: INCREASED 561%
  • Federal Prison Population: INCREASED 366%
  • Total Federal Expenditures on Penal Institutions: INCREASED 1,000%

Things got worse during that time, way worse than anyone thought. Now this ended in the 30’s The one thing we learned during this 14yr fuck up is that people want to and will get fucked up. See Prohibition had the reverse effect that was intended, While drinking fell off in the first year or 2 it sharply rose to over 60% the pre-prohibition level. That means 60% more people started drinking during that time. Now it seems to me that you made a substance illegal and more people started using it. Also this caused a sharp increase in organized crime, and corruption. The Government had created a black market practically overnight.

The “war on drugs started in 1972. Have we not learned our lesson from Prohibition. Since 1972 we have spent 1 Trillion dollars that’s $1,000,000,000,000 That money could have easily helped in so many other places. Nixon started this war with a budget of $100 million budget now it sits at $15 Billion per year. Here’s how that trillion breaks down over the past 40yrs;

  •  $20 billion to fight the drug gangs in their home countries. In Colombia, for example, the United States spent more than $6 billion, while coca cultivation increased and trafficking moved to Mexico — and the violence along with it.
  •  $33 billion in marketing “Just Say No”-style messages to America’s youth and other prevention programs. High school students report the same rates of illegal drug use as they did in 1970, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses have “risen steadily” since the early 1970s to more than 20,000 last year.
  • $49 billion for law enforcement along America’s borders to cut off the flow of illegal drugs. This year, 25 million Americans will snort, swallow, inject and smoke illicit drugs, about 10 million more than in 1970, with the bulk of those drugs imported from Mexico.
  • $121 billion to arrest more than 37 million nonviolent drug offenders, about 10 million of them for possession of marijuana. Studies show that jail time tends to increase drug abuse.
  • $450 billion to lock those people up in federal prisons alone. Last year, half of all federal prisoners in the U.S. were serving sentences for drug offenses.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/ap-impact-years-trillion-war-drugs-failed-meet-goals/#ixzz1rxRwA5rz

The next article will show why I believe all drugs should be legal and the damage that the war on drugs has caused.


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