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For fifteen years, I have sought the most knowledgeable people on the planet to discuss the policy of Drug War.
I’ve interviewed more than a thousand congressmen, scientists, doctors, all kinds of politicians, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police chiefs and priests. I’ve invested more than 30 thousand hours investigating this one subject.
And what I’ve found sickens me. It compels me to reject with my very being the concept of a Drug War. It is a scam, a feckless, endless, mindless pursuit of global success and salvation. It’s been more than 40 years since President Nixon declared the war on drugs to “Go after the blacks without appearing to do so”.
It is now over 50 years since the United Nations declared their war on drugs with the belief that they would eliminate drugs from planet Earth within 5 years. Barbarous drug cartels worldwide love this situation. It makes them billions of dollars per year.
Cocaine was made a federal offense when politicians proclaimed that black men on Cocaine would rape white women, or at a minimum would fail to step off the sidewalk when a white man approached.
In 1937, because Mexicans were taking our jobs and they “might” rape white women while high on Marijuana, the feds crafted the Marijuana Tax Act which was later declared unconstitutional in Leary vs. U.S., then put under the regimen of the ludicrously named Controlled Substances Act.
Over the lifetime of the Drug War, more than 45 million non-violent US citizens—have been arrested for these plant products in their pocket. The US has invested over 1 Trillion dollars trying to stop the flow of these drugs. And at the same time, drug users worldwide have invested 10 Trillion dollars in purchasing these drugs. These barbarous cartels, the terrorists and the thousands of U.S. gangs make 400 Billion dollars a year from this policy.
So what have we wrought? What benefits? What positives have we derived from maintaining this policy? And what are we likely to derive if we continue this forever? Most politicians are so ignorant as to avoid this question at any cost, but when I spoke with former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, I asked him “Is there anything positive that we derive from this Drug War?” and he said, “Nothing, there is no benefit”, he closed his thought with, ”prohibition doesn’t work”.
Belief in the Drug War allows ignorance to be used as a badge. And to hell with the Constitution. Belief in Drug War encourages feigned hysteria and overblown fears which are now being used as a bludgeon.
Before prohibition of these drugs, a gram of pure Cocaine could be bought at the drug store for twenty-five cents. Now, the youngsters out there are buying a contaminated, often polluted, gram of Cocaine that could go over one hundred dollars per gram. Prior to the Drug War, a month’s supply of Heroin could be purchased from Sears Roebuck for a dollar and they would throw in a syringe as a bonus as well.
Back in 1900, 1 and ½ percent of us were addicted. Today after all this hoopla, 1 and ½ percent of us are addicted.
After forty years, fifty years, more than a hundred years of Drug War, it’s time to face facts. The Drug War is a pipe dream of men who have long since died. It has become a quasi-religion, a belief system that attracted many adherents within law enforcement and the criminal justice system to speak from ignorance, bigotry and steadfastly in support of primitive creeds, platitudes and irrational tradition.
Those who make their bones from this policy—and by God the cemetery is overflowing from their efforts—cannot now back down from their prior pronouncements. They dare not jeopardize their reputation, their legacy; by now embracing the truth that the Drug War is vacuous, hollow and a horrendous mistake. Until we face this truth, these cheerleaders for Drug War, these Drug War addicts, will continue their eternal chant, their everlasting rain dance in the eye of this Drug War hurricane.
The answer to the Drug War? Legalize. Stop funding the Taliban. Gut the cartels. Eliminate most of the gangs. Let Pfizer produce it and let Walgreen sell it. We’ll judge adults by their actions like it used to be, instead of by the contents of the baggies in their pocket. We’ll then have lots of room in prison for anybody who would dare sell drugs to our children.
I am not for gradual change to the drug laws quoting Martin Luther King Jr., “Gradualism is so often an excuse for Escapism and Do Nothingism, which ends up in Standstillism”.
The Drug War is an abomination and it must be ended.
To End The War On Drugs features the thoughts of 115 experts on the subject of drug war. Included are the words of scientists, doctors, judges, cops, wardens, prosecutors, politicians, authors, prisoners, patients, pastors, pot providers and more.
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