It started in the 1930's was propelled even farther in 1970's by the Nixon Administration. It has to end here, it is time we stopped arresting thousands and thousands of present and future Americans for a victimless "crime". The only thing criminal about it is the fact that they call it a crime.
Police arrested an estimated 723,627 persons for marijuana violations in 2001, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total is the second highest ever recorded by the FBI, and comprises nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States.
It's time we stop a prohibition that was started in the 1930's on the basis of racial comments and propaganda. Such as the first "drug czar" ,Harry Anslinger who is quoted as saying, "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S. and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."
No one forces anyone to take drugs. They say it's about our children but it isn't. Parents teach your children well, and they won't fall into the pitfalls of hard drug use. It's not up to the government to legislate what we can and can't do, but they use the message of our CHILDREN as propaganda to keep this war funded.
It's time we stop this wasted "war" on what the Government feels we can and can't put into our bodies. The constitution guaranteed us many freedoms, such as the freedom to pursue happiness. I guess they forgot to mention unless certain people in the future feel like controlling what you ingest.
The Alcohol prohibition did nothing but feed the Mafia and basically cause its own creation. The same can be said for the drug cartels currently making money of this black market, you remove the money making potential and you ruin any power they have over people.
Take the power out of the traffickers and back into the hands of legitimate business.
This is no laughing matter President Obama, Senate, and House. It's time we turn over many years of racially motivated legislation. It's time we turn over something that is rapidly increasing or prison population. It's also sucking money that could be far better spent. Many deaths in other countries and our own can be prevented by the legalization of Marijuana. We the American people hardly consider it a joke!
According to the American Corrections Association, the average daily cost per state prison inmate per day in the US is $67.55. State prisons held 253,300 inmates for drug offenses in 2005. That means states spent approximately $17,110,415 per day to imprison drug offenders, or $6,245,301,475 per year.
Over $17 billion is spent by the federal government to fund the war on drugs every year. That means the entire war not just Marijuana. This money could be spent in far more useful ways. Instead it is spent on a war that has been waged since the 1930's, with no signs of victory on the horizon. With a giant increase in funding and sentencing with the passing of the U.S. Drug Abuse Regulation and Control Act of 1970 by President Richard Nixon. It has still shown no signs of an end. How many years will it take before this country stops dumping money into a war that is not able to be won? Alcohol prohibition and drug prohibition is a joke, but not in the way President Obama treated the question asked to him at the forum. It's a joke because of how and why it continues to be considered law.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in 2005 that over one billion is spent by the United States to incarcerate citizens for Pot offenses. The same report indicates 1 in every 8 US drug prisoners is there for Marijuana. Another 8 billion is spent anually for arresting people for pot. A total of 786,545 citizens were arrested in 2005 for pot offenses.
Alcohol and tobacco continue to be legal in this country. Why is something that is shown to be less dangerous and responsible for zero deaths annually continually demonized and treated the same as much harder drugs?
At least 6.2 Billion could be netted in taxes from legalizing Marijuana, and this is a very conservative estimate many others put it much higher. Add that to how much is no longer being spent to fund the war and the country can really start cutting back on wasteful spending.
The original law governing Marihuana was known as the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This was passed with the help of many outlets of Propaganda such as the movie known as "Reefer Madness" that came out in 1936, it portrayed some young actors smoking marijuana and basically having the urge to kill. This is based on no logical evidence. To his day we can see the remnants of this process with our current anti-marijuana campaign. You have allocated 100 Million dollars for this years budget. When studies have specifically shown that these campaigns have not curbed use but instead increased it. No amount of changing the propaganda is going to work but perhaps telling people the actual truth about these drugs. Someday we can stop lumping Marijuana and Crack in the same category when the only similarity that exists is that they are scheduled.
Harry Anslinger used Marihuana as a scapegoat and as a way to rise to prominence in 1930's society. He is one of the main proponents of Marijuana prohibition, this following quote is widely attributed to him and his "gore" files. Lots of fake accounts of negros and mexicans murdering people under the influence of it.
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S. and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." - Harry Anslinger
Can we seriously continue these draconian laws when people such as this founded this "war"?
Can we continue to throw otherwise innocent people in jails?
Can we continue to just throw more money at this problem and hope it goes away? 80+ Years later, time to call it quits? Is this the United States version of a hundred year war?
Please bring sensibility back to the United States when it comes to Drug policy.
And another unneccessary victim of Marijuana Prohibition is this countries inability to allow farmers to grow hemp, a by-product of Marijuana that has no potential for getting users high.
Do you honestly believe the founders of our country who used Hemp would want it made illegal or forced to be traded from countries such as Canada because of a fear of a substance. Show the writers of the constitution a reason to smile down on us. The founding fathers used and grew hemp.
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