Thursday, June 9, 2011

End the War on Drugs

Mitch Daniels after an award ceremony                            Image via Wikipedia Not a single wall street executive has been prosecuted in the financial collapse.  But the Justice department is busy going after pot smoking teenagers and cancer patients using marijuana.  We have neither the time nor the money to pursue this failed policy.  No more waging war on people using drugs. Governor Mitch Daniels as a college student was caught with two shoe boxes of marijuana, LSD, and prescription drugs.  He spent 2 days in jail and payed a fine.  Any black or hispanic with those quantities of drugs would spend at least 5 years in jail.  This is mainly a war on poor black people and hispanics,  see: "The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness".  Think that Gov. Mitch Daniels is as lenient with teenage drug users in his state as he received as a teenager?  Not a chance, thousands have lost college funding due to a single arrest. 

from Drug Policy Alliance
This year the federal government will spend about $51 billion on the war on drugs. Think that's a waste?  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the war on drugs – a critical time to shine a spotlight on 40 years of failed policy. Since the war on drugs was declared, it has destroyed lives, wasted resources and treated responsible citizens as serious criminals.

Sign below, and tell everyone: stop the useless war on drugs

For 50 years current drug policies have failed everyone, everywhere but public debate is stuck in the mud of fear and misinformation. Everyone, even the UN Office on Drugs and Crime which is responsible for enforcing this approach agrees -- deploying militaries and police to burn drug farms, hunting down traffickers, and imprisoning dealers and addicts – is an expensive mistake.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander

Legalization Organizations

Just Say Now from Firedoglake

Drug Policy Alliance
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