The War on Drugs has disastrous international, national, state, regional, and local consequences. The War on Drugs impacts millions across the world, but even in Iowa the consequences are felt daily. Marijuana and drug arrests disproportionately impact people of color and the poor. This huge waste of resources distracts from law enforcement priorities and locks millions into a cycle of hopelessness for a victim-less act.
Grinnell students feel strongly about this issue, but there has been no sustained conversation about the War on Drugs on this campus. Students can be arrested, charged, and suffer lifelong consequences for decisions that do not harm society at large. Perhaps we are scared of these consequences, and this is quite understandable, but for one more student on this campus to go through this ordeal is unacceptable. We propose that this issue be brought to light in Grinnell, and that the conversation begins in earnest to bring awareness and hopefully change the War on Drugs.