How the war on drugs is runining lives
The MPP is asking you to urge your members of Congress to end all federal penalties for possession of marijuana. While it is an uphill battle, all good battles are that way in the beginning.
By the way, if you want to read a number of good columns on the benefits of legalizing marijuana and/or drugs in general, check out this column, along with this one, by George Will. Also please read this excellent column by Leonard Pitts, on the benefits of legalizing marijuana and its' connections to the Trayvon Martin case.
Excerpts from the second George Will column:
"A $200 transaction can cost society $100,000 for a three-year sentence. And imprisoning large numbers of dealers produces an army of people who, emerging from prison with blighted employment prospects, can only deal drugs. Which is why, although a few years ago Washington, D.C., dealers earned an average of $30 an hour, today they earn less than the federal minimum wage ($7.25)."
"And cartels have oceans of money for corrupting enforcement because drugs are so cheap to produce and easy to renew. So it is not unreasonable to consider modifying a policy that gives hundreds of billions of dollars a year to violent organized crime.
Marijuana probably provides less than 25 percent of the cartels’ revenue. Legalizing it would take perhaps $10 billion from some bad and violent people, but the cartels would still make much more money from cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines than they would lose from marijuana legalization."
From the Pitts column:
"Forty-one. That’s how many years the “War” has raged.
Forty million-plus. That’s how many Americans have been arrested.
One trillion-plus. That’s the cost.
Two thousand, eight hundred. That’s the percentage by which drug use has risen.
One-point-three. That’s the percentage of Americans who were drug addicted in 1914.
One-point-three. That’s the percentage of Americans who are drug addicted now.
The numbers come from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of cops, judges, DEA agents and other drug warriors who are demanding an end to the drug war. Their statistics call to mind an old axiom: the definition of crazy is to continue doing the same thing but expecting a different result."
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/17/2754331/if-not-drug-legalization-what.html#storylink=cpy