End the War on Drugs

Many in Washington are against drug legalization, even though there is overwhelming evidence that prohibition does not work, and will never work. The Global Commission on Drug Policy reported that between 1998 and 2008, global use of opiates increased 34.5 percent, cocaine 27 percent, and cannabis 8.5 percent. The point of the drug war is to diminish the use of drugs, clearly evidence that this war has failed.

An arrangement of psychoactive drugs

If we were to legalize drugs like cocaine, heroin, and yes even meth, we would destroy criminal monopolies that lead to crime, and ultimately curb a lot of violence in America. While people may die from drug use, the war on drugs has not funded reduced usage or saved lives; instead we could be reallocating government money from enforcement to rehab programs. If the drugs were regulated then many deaths would be prevented, as well as a massive reduction in crime as it does abroad.

Criminalization of drugs has also led to stigmatization and marginalization of drug users. Many who use drugs that involve injecting into the blood stream have HIV or Hepatitis C through contaminated needles. If we were to legalize this and provide clean needles we would curb much of this. Some would argue that this encourages a habit, but we encourage a habit and criminal behavior by locking up nonviolent drug offenders who are immersed even more greatly into a drug culture.

Some argue that you cannot be successful if you have used drugs. While one can make the case that it does make it more difficult to prioritize responsibilities many famous people have used \’dangerous drugs\’ and been quite successful. There are many famous entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and many famous musicians who have cited LSD and other psychoactive drugs as a major influence If these people were arrested for their drug use then we would not have not had such brilliant minds.

via End the War on Drugs | Daniel Raphael.

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