the war we will never win

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/13/Dobbs.Feb14/index.html

lou dobbs is far from being one of my favorites and this piece doesn't improve my opinion of him.

he fails to mention the possibility of ending the drug war. lou does comment, though, on a few big reasons why our current drup policies are dim-witted and simple-minded. see for yourselves.

how much more money are we going to waste? how many more nonviolent "criminals" are we going to lock up? why does the govt try to protect people from themselves? how has that worked?

while i find it hard to believe, lou seems to think we use 2/3rd of the world's drugs (wish he cited a source). that's after spending $500 billion/ yr of our taxdollars.

if, as lou states, treatment works and is cost-effective, why keep this expensive and ineffective farce going?

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if, as lou states, treatment works and is cost-effective, why keep this expensive and ineffective farce going?

Are you serious?

Mad Jack
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The last figure I heard, is that it costs American taxpayers 1 billion dollars now for incarceration of pot arrests alone.

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Think about the benefits of the war on drugs, and who receives those benefits. The largest industry in the United States is law enforcement. We incarcerate more people than any other democratic (free) country in the world, and our prison population is rising. All of those prisoners need to be arrested, prosecuted and sentenced. The taxpayer foots this bill at the behest of the government. The benefit to government is obvious; expansion of power and size.

I have no real idea about the true size of the Drug Enforcement Agency, but the administration budget for 2003 was 1.8 billion dollars and included over 8000 positions. Here

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

A drug user rented a house from me. I didn

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There are ways to

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Voluntarily?

The conflict was between governments. The British merchants were only fulfilling a

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i'm very serious. this country understood prohibiton caused violence, crime, and corruption when it repealed alcohol prohibtion. unfortunately, we have failed to learn from our own history.

the drug war is a futile and counterproductive govt power. it's too bad people can't get past the emotional attachment they have for this matter.

I used to think that you were just "old". Now I see that you've gone "south" and over the "end" as well. Thank God, you're not running anything except your own life.

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That's a pretty harsh solution.

My friend, you didn't read the article very well. Britain was forcing the importation of opium into China, which its government didn't want imported. That's what the war was all about. Your statement is wrong that "The Chinese lost the war, and their country was flung open to all the good things that the West has to offer. And the Chinese have been grateful ever since." The British were forcing opium upon the country.

Where do you get this stuff that you're peddling?

Concur. America would get a lot more value (and a calmer society to boot) if we just treated drug addiction as a MEDICAL problem and not a LEGAL problem. By assuming drug addicts are criminals we vastly increase costs all around, producing only the legal classes (as Maddie correctly identified) as the beneficiaries. The taxpayers lose under our model since they not only have to foot the bills, but they have to deal with a much more violent and illegalized society. The addicts lose also since they are attacked when they should first be helped (and here I assume the "tough love" model -- drug treatments paid by the public should be no picnic).

Anyone who is in love with the punishment-crazy American system should first take a gander at Switzerland's system.

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