The War On Drugs


We spend $50 billion per year trying to eradicate drugs
from this country. According to DEA estimates we capture
less than 10 percent of all illicit drugs. In this regard,
I have a two part question 1) How much do you think it will
cost to stop the other ninety percent? 2) Does $50 billion
a year for a 90% failure rate seem like a good investment
to you? White people buy most of the illegal drugs in this
country. Yet, seventy four percent of those receiving
prison sentences for drug possession are African Has the
cost of the War on Drugs in terms of billions of dollars,
blighted lives, jammed prisons, intensified racism,
needless deaths, loss of freedom etc., produced any
significant change in drug availability or perceived
patterns of drug use? A famous man once said "Prohibition
goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to
control a man's appetite by legislation and make crime out
of things that are not crimes." How do you respond to this
statement? The statement was made by Abraham Lincoln. It is
estimated that 45 million U.S. citizens have tried an
illicit drug at least once. How many of the 45 million drug
users do you feel we must incarcerate in order to win the
war on drugs? Why does the FDA stand up for the right of
adults to smoke tobacco, which is highly addictive and
causes over 400,000 deaths per year, while decreeing that
adults have no right to smoke marijuana, which is
non-addictive and kills no one? Drug use is an acknowledged
fact of life in every prison in the country. If we can't
stop prisoner' use of drugs, how can we rationally expect
to stop average free citizens from using them? Despite
signatures from 85 prominent groups and individuals, why
has the Hoover Resolution (a call for an independent panel
to revue existing drug policies) not been considered,
accepted, or initiated? What lessons from alcohol
prohibition lead you to believe that the current drug war
will end in victory? At a time when working people are
being asked to tighten our belts in order to help balance
the budget, how do you justify increasing the funding to
the drug law enforcement bureaucracy? Explain why
supporting a failed policy of drug law enforcement has a
greater priority than student loans or drug education
programs. What do you conclude from the experience of
Holland--a country where drugs fall under the jurisdiction
of health agencies, not law enforcement--which has seen a
decline in chronic use of hard drugs and casual use of soft
drugs since de-criminalization? If illegal drugs are so
obviously harmful to people's health, why is it necessary
to put so many American adults in prison to prevent them
from using these drugs? In drug policy discussions we hear
a lot about the "message" that certain policies may send to
children. What message is sent to inner city children who
witness illegal drug sales on their way to school each day?
 The modern drug war began in the 1960s, and for thirty
five years it has failed to reduce drug access to
school-aged children. Which is better for America during
the next 35 years, prohibition with continued school-aged
access to drugs OR reform policies that ease prohibition
but reduce school-agllar s?


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