The Drug War Failure

It is indicative of the failure of the current election to deal with real issues, apart from unease about deficits and curiosity about the endless military effort in the Near East, that, once again, almost nothing is asked or uttered about the proverbial War on Drugs, even as the virtual civil war it has caused in Mexico is amply publicized. Almost everyone agrees that hard drugs are a criminal problem, even if there is disagreement about how to fight them and dissatisfaction with the progress to date in doing so. But marijuana, cannabis, is an astonishing story of the hideously expensive and protracted failure of official policy.


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2 Responses to The Drug War Failure

  1. Goose says:

    The War on Drugs might be Called Prohibition II, like the original Prohibition it was based on the truth that a tiny fraction of the public cannot control themselves. The big lie was that certain substances were the cause of the lack of control, and completely ignored the fact that for every ‘pothead’ or ‘drunk’ there were many people that could and did use the substance in moderation with little impact on their lives other than a reduction of stress. When policy is based on junk science so basically wrong that most people can observe for themselves that it junk, the policy should be and will be ignored. If people want a substance bad enough they will ignore the law and join in with the ‘outlaws’, the criminal element that is always with us. Like most wars it is easy to lose control of the tactics and the outcomes. When the penalty for the ‘crime’ is advanced to the point that you would be better off using violence to avoid being caught, the war will turn violent. If you will in effect get life for drug crimes, a rational man will kill trying to avoid being caught. It got to that point in the original Prohibition and it is getting to that point in the War on Drugs. The worst of it is the effect on our Law Enforcement Officers and on our personal rights. We have all seen video of drug raids where the LEOs are armed to the teeth and masked, breaking down doors and shooting first with weapons that are actually banned for use in war.
    Why are they masked? Every so often someone makes a mistake and they do this to innocent people, they don’t want to be identified if someone happens to catch the raid on tape. The Blue Brotherhood can’t protect them if they can be identified. SBI can ‘clear ‘them but they can still lose everything in civil court especially if there is a tape of their actions.
    So do I do pot? Nope tried it years ago overseas where it was legal, and wasn’t impressed. The penalty is way out of line for the benefits. Heck I even quit drinking years ago when I suspected I liked it a little too much. I got back on it on my doctor’s suggestion that it could help with stress. One beer on the way home is pleasant and safe and I quite enjoy it, stress free by the time I get home and less than one tenth the cost of the blood pressure meds I used to take.

    • I think that if my wife or a close friend was in serious pain and normal drugs did not help (and in some cases they make you dependent – ask Rush Limbagh) I’d be inclined to find what was needed on the street. If I had 10 acres, a building and some know how, I might skip the street. That would only leave me wondering about the grapes and the hops. Thanks for the comment and reading Goose.

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