LIONEL AUDIO: The War On Drugs Is An Insane Waste of Time, Resources & Civil Liberties

The war on drugs is an absolute failure and waste of time: (1) It wastes our limited police resources, (2) strips away at and erodes what’s left of our Bill of Rights (especially the Fourth Amendment), (3) further softens us up and habituates us to mindless police control and excessive legislation and (4) fails to address the problem of drug addiction in the least. The facts are mind boggling and not subject to dispute. The money spent on this fictive war is Brobdingnagian in amount and the Internet is replete with site after site devoting itself to revealing the charade that this fictional war perpetuates.

(2005) “The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities. There are currently more than 2 million people in American prisons or jails. Approximately one-quarter of those people held in U.S. prisons or jails have been convicted of a drug offense. The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses than any other country. With an estimated 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug abuse or dependence, the growth of the prison population continues to be driven largely by incarceration for drug offenses.” [e.s.]

Source: Justice Policy Institute, “Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety,” (Washington, DC: January 2008), p. 1.

The citations, quotes and plain ol’ facts that argue against the sagacity of this continued drug war nonsense are overwhelming. The data simply point to the immutable and simple fact that, for whatever reason(s) you care to utilize, the war on drugs is a colossal failure.

“We must have law enforcement authorities address the issue because if we do not, prevention, education, and treatment messages will not work very well. But having said that, I also believe that we have created an American gulag.”

Source: Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey (USA, Ret.), Director, ONDCP, Keynote Address, Opening Plenary Session, National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 19, 1996, Washington, DC.

Often ignored from the discussion of decriminalization or medicalization is the fundamental right that taxpaying American adults have to imbibe in a substance that may or may not be harmful so long as they don’t operate motor vehicles under the influence of such or deliver it to children. It is the most fundamental of presumed rights that don’t need constitutional endorsement.

And remember: Just say no. Sometimes.

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