Tell the Senate Not to Escalate the War on Drugs
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Tell the Senate Not to Escalate the War on Drugs

    1. Sponsored by

      Drug Policy Alliance

The U.S. Senate is rushing to pass four bills that would expand the DEA’s power by giving them the authority to outlaw even more substances across the country and subject more Americans to long mandatory minimum sentences. This legislation would waste your tax dollars by escalating the war on drugs and increasing the DEA’s power.

These draconian bills would make it easier for the DEA to ban and criminalize more drugs. The legislation would make it easier for the DEA to bypass the formal drug scheduling process and prohibit substances at their own discretion. If enacted, possession of any quantity could subject someone to a mandatory minimum sentence and incarceration. This misguided legislation would make it easier for the DEA -- a law enforcement agency -- to decide what drugs should be legal or illegal at their whim.

The DEA has a history of consistently ignoring sound scientific research and issuing outright lies about marijuana and other drugs. They routinely reject science and common sense in favor of fear and hysteria, and are an obstacle to evidence-based drug policies.

Given their anti-science, anti-public health record, why give federal police agents more authority over more substances?

These bills would give the DEA greater power, increase the number of people in federal prison for nonviolent drug law offenses and waste taxpayer money. Tell the Senate: Don't escalate the war on drugs!

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    Reasons for signing

    • carol runco PGH, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      the dea and their strong arm practices of recent have had the effect of turning doctors into detectives questioning and looking upon patients complaining of PAIN with suspicion, as a result many doctors who are afraid of "overprescribing pain medicines" in fear that they will lose their licenses, fail to treat their patients pain adequately.

    • Paul Kelley KALAHEO, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      The war on drugs is ineffective. It causes more problems than it solves. Innocent lives are lost in the pursuit of "criminals".

    • Katie Gallant CHICOPEE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      drugs are a product. just selling it gets people in jail for years and wasting taxpayers money. it's ridiculous. if the government legalized marijuana and sold it they would get billions of dollars. to go twards housing real criminals that are killing people and stealing money instead of the taxpayers hard earned money. and the dea lies about what drugs do just to scare people instead of looking at the scientific facts. the government sells oxycontin and other pills of that sort but makes heroin and other drugs illegal when they have the SAME effects and makes you feel the same as what theyre providing people


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