Tell Congress: Stop Funding Failed Drug War Policies
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Tell Congress: Stop Funding Failed Drug War Policies

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      Drug Policy Alliance

Though they preach fiscal responsibility, Members of Congress want to keep giving piles of money to state and local governments to prioritize low-level drug arrests - especially for marijuana possession. Even worse, they want to put the cost of these failed programs on the nation's credit card. You and I will be paying off this foolishness for decades to come if we don't act now.

We have an opportunity to cut the funding that helps keep the drug war alive at the local level because Congress is working on a new federal budget right now.

One of the provisions up for debate is the Byrne/JAG Grant program, which is a waste of taxpayer money that fills US jails and prisons with nonviolent drug offenders and distorts law enforcement priorities. Numerous studies have shown that the grants funded by the program are fueling civil rights abuses across the country, from racial profiling to property confiscation to dangerous no-knock raids.

And on top of all that, the Office of Management and Budget has found there is no evidence the Byrne/JAG program has reduced crime!

With deficits rising, it's long past time to eliminate or cut failed drug war programs.

Take action and urge your representative to oppose failed druge policies like the Byrne/JAG Grant program.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      My Ex-tenant takes and sells drugs, and he is a pimp and dangerous man and stalker! We must stop these monsters which are getting rich with the tears and destroyed lives of others!

      The Most Dangerous Drugs In The World!

      Like Ecstasy and methamphetamine, the drug known as “bath salts” is a designer drug, which means it’s synthetic, concocted in a lab. (On the street, it’s also sometimes called “bath powder,” “herbal incense,” or “plant food.”). What makes the term “bath salts” more confusing, though, is that name is used for a surprisingly large number of different chemical combinations. But the drug also apparently causes paranoid delusions and/or hallucinations. Experts are saying it’s psychoactive, rather than hallucinogenic like acid, but the end result appears to be similar: delusional beliefs acted upon in violent ways.

      Benzodiazepines

      This drug is psychoactive in nature and is used to treat problems of depression mostly. The action of this drug becomes dangerous when it is used in excess. The exact action of the drug on the nervous system is known with certainty and the specialists assert that it can cause many side effects. For example, slurred speech, drowsiness and severe depression and dependency.

      Crystal Meth

      This is yet another drug which acts as a stimulant and was indeed a great invention in the field psycho pharmacology. It also acts in suppressing one’s appetite. The action and the effects of this drug become dangerous to one’s health when it is used for recreational purposes. The common effects are dizziness, visual impairment, ADHD and restlessness.

      Ketamine

      This drug is a very powerful drug that can cause hallucinations and even paranoia. It has a number of effects on the human body including anesthesia, visual and auditory hallucinations and blood pressure problems. It has been reported for a number of recreational uses and in addiction.

      Street Methadone

      This drug has been reported as a form of an opiate drug. Its acts as an agonist in the nervous system and it also effects heavily on the neurotransmitters which are released in the human brain. The overdose of this drug can cause pneumonia, Hepatitis, and even a number of psychological disorders. The respiratory depressions and actions it causes can even cause death.

      Cocaine

      This drug is indeed a very dangerous drug which is known all around the world as the slow killer. This drug influences a number of neurotransmitters at the same time and is extremely dangerous to the nervous functioning of the brain. It is has been banned in many countries due to the number of deaths it has caused.

      Opiates

      Street names include Codeine, China White, Ddarvon, Darvocet, Demerol, dilaudid, heroin, methadone, Morphine, Percocet, Percodan, Talwin, and Vicodin. According to the United States Library of Medicine, many prescription drugs are characterized as opiates. Morphine is an opiate often legally prescribed to alleviate chronic pain; however, due to its addictive nature, it is administered in hospital settings. Other legally prescribed opiates include codeine, methadone and Oxycontin. One of the most common illegal opiates is heroin, a more concentrated form of morphine. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America reports that heroin is so addictive that withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours of not using.!

      Heroin

      It is a derivative of opium and is the most dangerous drug responsible of thousands of deaths every year. The tolerance to this drug develops very fast and so the body demands more and more intake of this drug. The fatal side effects include shortness of breath, seizures, disorientation, abnormal behavior, cycles of knock outs and even the whole brain stops functioning at times leading to sudden death.

      LSD

      LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with "trips" lasting about 12 hours. With large enough doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations. Physical effects include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; sleeplessness; and loss of appetite.

      The Devil’s Breath

      This drug has the power to eliminate free will and wipe out memory and is being dealt with regularly on the streets of Colombia. Scopolamine, or ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ comes from a tree common to South America. Since scopolamine is odorless and tasteless, it can be blown in the face of a passerby on the street and, within minutes, that person is under the drug’s effect. Leaving you hopeless with no free will, making you obey every order you are given.

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    • Timothy Edwards SUN CITY, AZ
      • 6 months ago

      An old and ineffective paradigm that feels embarrassing as a human and wasteful as a citizen.

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    • Rhonda Wright WEATHERFORD, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      We have a very dear friend who just received 20 years based on hear say, in a nonviolent drug charge. He is only guilty of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    • tammy yaniro NORTHRIDGE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      people have the right to put in their bodies what they chose. Big Pharma are the biggets drug pushers. Prisons are filled with non-violent, victimess "ciriminals" who learn to commit real crimes. Rapists and pedophiles are let out to make room for more peaceful pot growers/users or those who just need help with their addiction. Government helps ship in the drugs and give guns to the cartel of their "choice" for their own profit, etc..

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    • Joy Burroughs LA PORTE, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      The "War On Drugs" has not only been a dismal failure, it has become somewhat of a joke. However the joke is on us. The only thing the war is doing is creating government jobs, and violence. Jobs such as CIA, DEA, contractors to build bigger and better prisons, guards for the prisons, cops etc, etc. This must be part of the dumbing down of America because it only took 14 years to repeal prohibition. How much more money and time should be wasted proving that keeping drug laws on the books puts the tax payers in double jeopardy. We keep the bills and the violence. This isn't a new war by any stretch of the imagination. There's just trillions of dollars to play with now. If you are interested watch Grass - The History Of Marijuana. It will sicken you and amaze you, this war has been going on since the 30's, and that's just on marijuana.

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