$1 trillion wasted on the war on drugs, time to end it now
Since the start of the drug war we have spent over $1 trillion dollars on the drug war and the rates of drug addiction are just as high as they were in the 1960s. Simply, what a waste of money. Waste of lives. Innocent men and women killed by police who search the wrong house. This happens quite often.
In fact, we spend billions of dollars to stop cocaine growing in nations like Colombia, where growers just go somewhere else. It's like a giant game of whack-a-mole. Non-violent drug users arrested, including marijuana smokers, who get introduced in jail or prison to harder drugs.
Teens using drugs as the same rate as they did in 1970, which once again, has seen $1 trillion in spending on this war since then.
$25 billion in drugs profitss are smuggled from from the U.S. to Mexico per year. For every $100 smuggled out, 25 cents is caught by our law enforcement. I think Mexican drug cartels can live with that very tiny degree of loss, don't you?
When drugs are intercepted at the border coming into the U.S., they are just a cost of doing business, and drug prices are increased to make up for the losses.
Thanksfully there are organizations like DRCnet, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Marijuana Policy Project to help reform these abuses. I urge for you to give them a look, and if you decide, to join up as a member.