For decades the so-called “War on Drugs” has produced incarceration of innocents, the suffering of millions of innocents, overcrowding of our prisons with non-violent citizens, the complete and utter waste of billions of dollars we don’t have on law enforcement, and the empowerment of underground drug gangs who thrive on violence.
Trying to find any tangible victory in this insane quagmire is like trying to take a dump with the toilet seat up. Firstly, how can we legitimately accept any notion that the government is sincere about eradicating pot when we have palindromes and Charlie Sheen? In 2010 the Federal Government spent a whopping $15 billion on the war on drugs, and all we have to show for it is some confiscated bongs, the picture of Michael Phelps, and that egg commercial. Pot is bad, right? So it’s imperative for citizens to engage in salubrious activities such as drinking booze and eating whatever the hell Jimmy Dean makes.
The so-called “war on drugs” has been, and will continue to be an abject failure. There are multiple reasons, but the primary and the most easily resolved of these is to accept that most involved in the “war” effort are making money from the perpetuation of illegal drugs – crooked politicians, drug dealers, growers and or “designers”, law enforcement, penal institutions, pawn shops, gun manufacturers and retailers and their intermediaries, pimps, insurance companies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, drug treatment facilities, and on and on… then take that money out of the business.
But that may all change…
1. The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.
2. The bill would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana.
3. Sixteen of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia already have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
I applaud Reps Paul and Frank for having the gusto and brains to finally take on this farce of a war after decades of failure on the parts of Congress and the Executive. It’s time to legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and give us all a big fat rebate check. It is not the job of the federal government to interfere in the lives of responsible, tax-paying adults. It’s time to end the War on Drugs!