Cate McCalley wrote:Vietnam Soldiers exposure and addiction to heroin brought on President Richard Nixon's War on Drugs. A costly war of more than 2.5 Trillion U.S. Dollars, and growing. 44 million arrested in the U..S. for drug crimes. 2.3 million behind bars. The vast majority for illegal drug trafficking, possession or use . A staggering number when compared to the 330,000 total prisoners in 1970, before the War on Drugs. A country with 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners has a real problem. Our industrial prison complex employees more people than our military. There are more prison guards in the U.S. than U.S. Marines.
President Reagan advanced the war on drugs with stiffer penalty's and a zero tolerance policy. With his persuasion, The UN Commission on Drugs adopted in a total ban on producing, selling, possessing and using illegal drugs. By the end of Reagan's term, illegal cocaine trafficking had exploded. Making Columbia's king pin drug trafficker Escobar, the 7th richest man in the world, at an estimated wealth of $25 Billion. And also the most violent and feared criminal in the world.
When the U.S. declared war on the Columbia drug cartel, 55,000 involved in both government and narco trafficking lost their lives. Escobar was killed in 1993. But it did not reduce supply or demand of Columbia's cocaine. 30% of Columbia's population was involved in drug trafficking at the time. Under the Clinton Administration our government spent billions trying to eradicate Columbia's cocaine crops.
In the beginning only 8 Columbian States were growing cocaine crops. Today there are 28. Todays illegal drug trade tops $320 Billion a year. Another witness to the dismal failure of the war on drugs. And the obvious failure of criminalizing drugs to produce a drug free America.
Guns and violence effectively control the illegal drug markets. Guns used in illegal and violent drug trafficking went from .22 and .32 calibers to today's AK47's. The demand for more powerful weapons of violence, has grown with the demand for illegal drugs.
For the past decade, Mexico has brought it's military to the front lines of the war on drugs, costing Mexico multiple billions. The result? The same as in Columbia. Cartel violence against Mexico's military police and the cartels themselves, have claimed more than 55,000 lives, targeting government officials as well, and has had no effect on reducing supply.
The reason? The extremely high profit a kilo of black market cocaine that cost $1,000 to produce, and worth over $170,000 when it sold on Main Street U.S.A. The same happened with the prohibition of alcohol in this country. Traffickers profited, creating more alcoholics than before prohibition. Addictions of illegal drugs is costly, and the money to support these addictions has to come from somewhere. Thus, the increase poverty related crimes from stealing to violence in the illegal drug trade, using illegal firearms.
Repressive drug use policies worldwide have financed the most repressive government regimes in the world. Afghanistan is the largest producer of heroine in the world. Attacking illegal drug use from a moralistic perspective with anti-drug use campaigns do not stop anyone that intends to use from using. Abusive drug use is a medical problem, not a moral one. Though the inappropriate use of drugs spawns moral decay of the individual, illegal drug trade spawns the moral decay of entire societies and nations.
The former U.S. and Russia's eradication of poppy fields in Afghanistan drove people making a living from legally growing and selling these crops, into the arms of the Taliban to finance their political take over , and millions of addictions while creating new ones worldwide.
In 2011 The Global Commission on Drug Policy headed by former President of Brazil, was born. The Commission is committed to approaching illegal drug use worldwide differently. First by decriminalizing it. This approach has reduced Switzerland's illegal drug use by 50% over the past decade. More than 50% of all illegal profits in the U.S. are drug profits. Profits that underpin and support the growth and criminal underground network in the U.S. Networks that use gun violence to effectively control the supply of illegal drugs to it's meet the demands of it's largest consumer, the U.S.A
Decriminalizing drug use, regulating it and educating about the public about the negative consequences of drug use, absent advertising that promotes their use, will significantly reduce our illegal drug use epidemic. It will save future generations from the bondage and misery that comes with illegal drug use and addiction.
We don't do drugs, or support their regulation because we are lawful. We don't do them because we value our mental health, and overall health of the society we live in.
upallnight wrote:Elect people that are not politicians
You mean like Trump?
Cate McCalley wrote:upallnight wrote:Elect people that are not politicians
You mean like Trump?
No. I don't believe a man that fully admits to using our system explicitly for personal gain, and cheats workers out of money due them for their labor is trustworthy.
I mean like people that have proven their civil service has not been influenced and corrupted. People like Bernie Sanders, the poorest civil servant in all Congress.
Cate McCalley wrote:Bernie's poor when compared to his collegues. He, unlike the majority of the, hasn't made money his God.
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