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  •  It IS awful. (5+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, lightarty, kbman, Kevskos, terrybuck

    But then, the whole Drug Prohibition is awful, wasteful and failing. One TRILLION dollars have been spent on the drug war in 35 years. Now drugs are half the price they were, higher potency and available in every small town and big city in America, FAIL on every level (if your goal is to eliminate drug use).
    We have more people in jail than any other country and half of them are incarcerated over drugs. That gets even uglier when you see the racial proportions to it.
    The "War on Drugs" has succeeded in militarizing our streets, now even small towns have SWAT teams because of it. And the gangs that sell it here and the Cartels that get it to them are deeply embedded now in society, just like the Mafia was during Alcohol Prohibition.
    Our Constitution has been severely degraded by it, from Nixon's "No-Knock" law to Bloomberg's Stop&Frisk.
    And an entire industry has grown up around this scam from drug testing labs to rehabs to trial lawyers to prison guards to private prisons.
    Sorry, rant over, sore spot (No! Really?).

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:10:07 AM PST

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