Thursday, June 2, 2011
Failure of the War on Drugs
This morning I read on MSNBC that the War on Drugs is a failure. Am I the only person that saw this coming years ago? The project was a failure from inception. There was and still is no way to keep track of where the drugs are coming from and how often they are making their way into the country. Where is the money being spent? How is it being spent? Billions of dollars spent on putting pot smokers in jail? We spend on average 50K a year to keep one person in prison. Most people don't make that kind of money working a full time job. So, for every 10,000 people we lock up each year the government spends 500 MILLION dollars. Yep, half a trillion bucks just on pot smokers. We could make double that in a year if you legalize and tax it. We don't even have a clear picture of what the government is spending on this so called "War on Drugs" this is just the breakdown on the prison population of minor drug offenders. If you remove all the minor offenders from prison at half a trillion a year, debt problem solved. But no, Nosy Nellie next door thinks more people would become drug addicts if it becomes legal, and she's afraid for the children. Got some news for ya, prescription drugs are more popular among kids and teens than anything and guess what, THEY ARE LEGAL. Pot smokers are not violent people, at least none of the smokers I have ever known. They don't need to steal for their high because pot is cheap, and contrary to popular belief, it is not habit forming it's just relaxing. It does not make you hallucinate, it will not make you violent or irrational and it kept my dad alive and eating during his chemotherapy. This is why so many states are trying to make it legal, they see the benefit for the sick as well as the revenue they can generate. Sometimes the people in Washington seem so foolish and blind. I'm not saying that we should make ALL drugs legal, some of them are seriously dangerous. Crack, Meth and cocaine come to mind, but we do have pharmaceutical alternatives for them that we can make OTC by license. YES, LICENSE. I'm not an idiot, you have to get a license just like you would to drive. That's a revenue booster right there, then you tax the product, sell it in shops and make this country some money. At the same time, you have now created a boat load of jobs. Unemployment problem solved. You need growers, pharmacists, shop owners, clerks and an office system equivalent to the DMV to issue the licenses. That's a good lot of jobs right there. Not to mention the construction crews to build these places. We waste so much yet do so little now. Remember when we used to make things in this country? Pot smokers are VERY creative, bring back textiles and manufacturing and you'll see a boon for this country that you could never imagine. Peace.