I think the war on drugs has been an epic failure!!!!It has been expensive, unnecessary, and ruined countless lives by criminalizing a behavior that MIGHT lead further crime:
The war on drugs decimated communities, left families fatherless, motherless and in poverty, helped bankrupt the country with all the money we spent on interdiction, prosecution and incarceration.
That being said – I think Eric Holder is doing it wrong. He should be lobbying congress to change the laws and not just unilaterally decide he won’t enforce them because that is NOT the job of the executive branch.
I rarely like his positions but on this one I applaud him for trying to do something. I just think it is the wrong thing.
Lobby your congressmen people. Decriminalize much of the drug trade. Embrace freedom (including the freedom to do something as stupid as using drugs) and stay out of your neighbors business.
For those of you who will spout the evils of drugs. Let me remind you that the world didn’t fall apart when we enacted the 21st amendment. Imagine all the money we would save if we could Half the number of prosecutions and incarcerations. Imagine the money we would save if we didn’t need enormous coast guard cutters running up and down the coast harassing fishermen and dayboaters. Imagine the growth in the economy if those that are incarcerated were allowed to be fully productive rather then languishing in a cell.