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The War on Drugs
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Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:43 am
Drug abuse is a problem; that cannot be denied by anybody. It is responsible for destroying countless individuals, families, and communities.
However, it can be argued that the international response to drug abuse, particularly the policies that the United States has largely imposed on the rest of the world, has been just as (if not more) devestating as drug abuse itself. The draconian set of prohibitionist policies in the U.S., collectively referred to as the "war on drugs," has been the catalyst for a great deal of violence as a result of international drug trafficking (look up the death toll in Mexico since 2000 as a result of cartel violence), a waste of billions of taxpayer dollars, a violation of civil liberties, and an ineffective solution to the problem of drug abuse.
Just as troubling is the amount of money spent to incarcerate non-violent marijuana offenders. We spend billions of dollars each year to punish people for the possession of a plant that is less toxic and addictive than caffeine, according to research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Last week, a Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report claiming that the global war on drugs has been an incredible failure:
While the majority of the international community immediately concurred, the United States was alone in asserting that the commission's conclusions were erroneous (although it could not back up its viewpoint).
I guess the topic of this discussion is: do you think the war on drugs has been effective in curbing drug abuse? Do you think the high cost (both monetarily and in terms of lives lost) has been worth the benefits? How would you suggest changing U.S. drug policy?
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:28 am
War on drugs, huh. Much debated issue. In recent news, Connecticut has legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, so we may be making headway. Yes, a lot of money is being wasted prosecuting the victims. It would be better if it was concentrated on law enforcement and so on. However legitimizing drug use can't be a viable solution.
Also, I don't believe that the US has imposed drug laws anywhere outside their country.
-will post more when I can.
A lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on.
- Terry Pratchett
Si non confectus, non recifiat - If it ain't broken, don't fix it.
Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:15 pm
I subscribe to the belief that the illegalisation of drugs does not work. People are going to try and get hold of cannabis, heroin, etc. regardless of the laws against them.
It would be much better to legalise, tax and regulate the majority of drugs. Then we can ensure than mixtures which are going to kill people are not sold, and that the money people spent by people on drugs stops going to crime/terror rings.
In a nutshell.
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