A Lost War

On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us.” And thus was the war on drugs commenced.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of another failed American war effort. The numbers, courtesy of the folks behind the next California “legalize it” Proposition, are staggering.

“We’ve spent more than $1 trillion on this war. And what do we have to show for it? Right now, 2.3 million Americans are sitting in prison, while over 7.2 million people are currently part of the criminal justice system as a result of being on probation or parole — a full 1 in every 32 adults. Because of the failed drug war, America now imprisons more people than any other nation on earth.”

Trying to arrest ourselves into submission hasn’t cut drug use. We’ve only created a violent, multi-billion dollar underground industry responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands across the globe, especially in neighboring Mexico.

But more people are becoming aware of the problem — and that there are solutions. A hopeful sign.: An op-ed written in the New York Times by former President Jimmy Carter entitled ‘Call off the Global Drug War.’ This isn’t Tim Leary; this is Jimmy Carter. Read it. Share it.

On this 40 year anniversary, let’s pledge to end the drug war. It’s time we end this tragically failed policy and make America the Land of the Free once again.

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2 Responses

  1. elissa says:

    Legalise all drugs, Let people make there own decisions, cigarettes and booze have pretty much screwed up my family, my dad has lung cancer. Fags kill more people in the world than anything else but the continue to be sold same with booze.