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WHAT HAS THE WAR ON DRUGS COST By Alan C. Edwards

WHAT HAS THE WAR ON DRUGS COST

By Alan C. Edwards

When I bring up the subject to legalize hard drugs since the war on drugs has been a dismal failure, I hear only gasps of what a horrible idea that would be. But none of my listeners has examined the facts or looked at the terrible price criminalization is costing.

They say that addiction is such a terrible thing, not ever considering that millions of cigarette smokers are addicted to nicotine, one of the most addictive substances known. They don’t rob and steal to pay for their addiction or buy them from criminal gangs, they can buy it at reasonable prices although some might debate that, given the exorbitant taxes they have to pay.

How many people know that heroin and cocaine could be bought at the drug store until the turn of the 20th century? How many people know that coca-cola contained cocaine until 1903? Since coca-cola was an “upper” you could also get 7-up which contained lithium as a “downer.” Yet we survived and prospered as a nation with few ill effects from legal hard drugs.

The cost of criminalization of hard drugs has been nothing short of disastrous. It finances the criminal activities of the CIA, which has been a rogue organization from its beginnings as the WW2 Office of Strategic Services (OSS). When President J.F. Kennedy wanted to bust it up, you see what it got him.

The Mexican government says that 164,000 people have died in the drug wars between 2007 and 2014, more than those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, because heroin and cocaine are illegal. Are you naysayers comfortable with those figures?

Drug addicts must buy their vastly overpriced drugs from criminals and are uncertain of the drugs’ strength or purity, resulting in overdoses and deaths that would not happen if they could buy them from legitimate sources at reasonable prices and with known purity and strength. That would then place them in the same category of addicts as cigarette smokers.

Criminalization of drugs has brought back the highwayman. The old highwaymen robbed travelers on horseback, trains, and stagecoaches. The new highwayman robs car drivers. While the old highwaymen wore masks, the new highwaymen wear uniforms and badges.

They belong to gangs called the State Police, State Troopers, or Highway Patrol with accomplices called judges. If they find a driver they have stopped with a substantial amount of cash they steal it, claiming the driver must prove in court that they didn’t get the money by selling drugs if they want to get their money back. The best the defendant can do is to take what is left after lawyer fees and other associated expenses incurred. Sometimes the expense, time and trouble make recovery not worth while and allow the thieves to keep all the loot.

Sometimes a marijuana butt is found in the ash tray and they confiscate the car and give the victim a ride to the bus station where the victim can get a ride home. Sometimes drugs are planted and then “found” in a luxury car they have a desire for. All this because the Civil Forfeiture Law, which was originally sold as a way to go after big-time drug lords, but which has also given these new highwaymen the legal authority to rob any car drivers.

The United States has the unenviable record of having more people in prison than any other country in the world. Many of these are privatized and are paid by the number of prisoners they house. The Bureau Of Prisons as of June 24, 2017 lists 46.2% of the prisoners are there on drug charges. Nearly half of the prisoners would not be there if drugs were legal. The prison system, with its war on drugs, is costing you a lot of your money in taxes.

Many are in prison on marijuana charges. The Federal Government in its wisdom has put marijuana on Schedule 1 along with morphine, cocaine, and heroin, claiming it has no medicinal value and is highly addictive. They arrived at this conclusion with no testing of the qualities of marijuana.

The real reason for criminalizing marijuana originally was to stop the cultivation of commercial hemp, which has minimal amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. It was too useful for too many things to suit many people with competing but inferior products. First, they demonized and then criminalized marijuana. Then they confused it with hemp, a plant of the same species. Now the reason is to increase the tyrannical nature of the police and to fill the prisons for profit.

Portugal made all drugs legal and in the 14 years it has been in effect drug use has declined. It seems to have worked well there. Why not try it here?

If doing drugs bothers you, don’t do drugs. When you transition from holding an opinion — to using government violence to enforce your personal preference, you become the bad guy. Please, for all that is good, don’t be the bad guy.

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