Topic

Drug Policy

65 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jon Tester

End the war on drugs in the United States.

The war on drugs here in America is not getting much done and costing a lot of lives and dollars, while also incarcerating many people even though they probably should not be locked up. Today users are put in prison where they are isolated and made to feel even more lonely, when in reality all they really need is love, compassion and support to kick their addiction. I encourage you to look up Johann Hari and watch his video “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” in order to truly understand why people use and abuse drugs. Instead of creating more users or addicts like many think would happen, legalizing or even decriminalizing would actually reduce the amount of users and addicts. Legalizing or decriminalizing drugs would reduce the amount of users, because more people would seek help for their horrible addictions instead of running from the law with them. Most people that feel they need to use drugs most likely already use them. Think about alcohol. Many people drink alcohol every now and then, but only certain people depend on it. Those are the people who feel lonely and think they need alcohol to feel loved. The same thing would happen with the drugs that are illegal today. Only the people who need them to feel happy would depend on them. Drugs are also a huge source of income for organized crime. This means if we were to legalize drugs, as done with alcohol and tobacco, we would eliminate the black market for them and reduce the flow of money to organized crime, in turn taking their power away from them. During prohibition in the 1920's organized crime ran rampant but once the 21st amendment was installed, that crime squandered. Legalizing instead of decriminalizing drugs would also generate the government an insane amount of money with the taxes put on them, as done with alcohol and tobacco. The money spent fighting the war on drugs today could be put towards getting addicts the help they need which in turn would reduce the amount of users. All drugs would be used just like alcohol and tobacco today as a “use at your own risk” sort of thing. The government would help educate about the dangers of these substances, again as done with alcohol and tobacco, but when it comes down to it, it would be the users decision. In order to truly stop the drug epidemic here in America we must take a different approach at it.

Tanner Mannin
25 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens, Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House, Jason Smith, Missouri House of Representatives, Donald Trump, Federal Drug Administration, Claire McCaskill, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States

Legalize Marijuana in the state of Missouri Medicinal and Recreational.

I Believe Marijuana should be legalized for anyone who wants to use the drug to receive the benefits from the substance. I think it would slow the Opioid epidemic and somewhat balance out the herion problem. I have talked to users of the drug and other drugs and most of them wouldn't even think about heroine use if they had something to ease there pain. NOT ALL DRUG ADDICTS ARE EQUAL, THERE ARE DOCTOR ADDICTED AND there are  STREET ADDICTED. DOCTORS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP PRESCRIBING OPIATES DUE TO THE  PRESCRIBER EPIDEMIC .THATS NOT FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY IN "PAIN". MARIJUANA YES HAS ITS NEGATIVE AND ITS POSITIVE BENEFITS. Alot of pain patients are being fired from there providers for a positive urine sample or mouth swab simply from marijuana. "No one has ever died from using Marijuana that I know of unless it's maliciously tampered with". I also think that the Government local and state and the federal level should begin to decriminalize the substance. Alcohol claims the lives of people everyday, Yet Marijuana is illegal. I believe we as citizens of this state need to stand up for our rights and policies of lawmakers to not just create a epidemic like the Opioid epidemic. I believe the citizens of this great state of Missouri need to sign this petition on Change for decriminalization of marijuana. You can't just stop the opiate addiction many of the citizens of this state Depend on opiates to maintain everyday life. When opiates are taken away abruptly from a legitimate people who need them  and nothing given in it's place to help the pain of course HEROINE a very strong powerful substance that most of the lives it has claimed most likely are from patients who seek relief. LIVING With it is in some instances is  way than WORSE THAN DYING WITH IT AT LEAST IT STOPS".   I believe this is why? People self medicate when forced to do so... It's an epidemic alright that takes life's everyday with no criminal penalty  Yet the real gateway drug "Alcohol" is readily available on every shelf almost  everywere. If you believe Marijuana should be legalized in state of Missouri the Please sign the petition for change and start the decriminalization of Marijuana. It's benefits are many and alcohol has none medically. "It would also reduce the prision population by 1/3 in my opinion" it would be a lucriticve change financially for our state to say the least. I have copied Missouri executive branch Governor Greitiens and the Senate and House of Representatives on this petition. Thank you. 

Rickie Holifield
57 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Jeff sessions

President Trump: Meet with Clemency Recipients.

Before leaving office, President Obama sat down for lunch with six people who were released from prison after being granted clemency by U.S. presidents. Three people with sentences commuted by Obama were joined by two who were freed by President George W. Bush and two by President Bill Clinton.    He ate a meal with these people, some of whom had recently spent over two decades in prison, and listened to their stories. Yes, they had made mistakes but as nonviolent drug offenders, the sentences they received were unfair. These people have gone on to rebuild their families, get jobs and become taxpayers, and are giving back to their communities. Unfortunately, President Trump disagreed with President Obama's use of clemency for nonviolent drug offenders and one year after his inauguration there is no indication that he will use his presidential pardoning power to help people.  However, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser recently convened a "listening session" for Trump about criminal justice reform. That's a great sign that Trump understands the importance of this issue, but this meeting did not include anyone who received clemency.   President Trump could learn so much from clemency recipients if he takes just a few moments to listen to their stories and understand why clemency from the president is so important. These are hardworking people, and often people of faith, who have overcome incredible obstacles and are now doing great things with their freedom — exactly the kind of success stories President Trump often talks about.     Please sign this petition asking President Trump or other members of his administration to meet with clemency recipients. 

Nation of Second Chances
25,980 supporters