A Stoned America
This hub in no way is condoning the use of any illegal substances. It is for informational purposes only.
You can probably tell from the pictures my position on this controversial subject.
Our prisons are full of drug users while killers, rapists, and people who commit crimes against children walk free with probation or nothing at all.
The war on drugs is costing us taxpayers loads of money and drug use is not receding.
I believe this "war" is just a system for politicians to drain our pockets and put the spoils in their pockets.
- The direct cost of the War on Drugs is something like 40 or 50 billion dollars per year
- the federal government will spend 19 billion dollars this year
- state and local law enforcement will add another 10 billion
- we spend 10 or 20 billion dollars each year keeping drug users in prison
- Indirect costs are estimated at 200 to 400 billion dollars per year
- lost wages
- lost taxes
Every day a new drug is developed by a drug company. This drug is pushed on Doctors to push them on their patients. Some people eat more pills every day than they do food.
It is time to end the madness. Just as prohibition in the early 20th century was idiotic, so is making marijuana illegal.
In the early 80's I did 3-6 years for selling 1 ounce of marijuana for $40. I had never been in trouble like that before. I was young and they threw me in with hardcore criminals. Did I change? Yes, I did, but not in a good way.
I am a changed man now, but not because of them. I owe all that to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
It only makes good sense to legalize it now. With the economy in such a bad state, the income would help many. The amount of paper, clothing, and other things you can make from hemp would consider it a "green" change too.
Let the people who really "care" help the drug addicts. Prison won't "fix" them.
Check these tables out on the costs:
Breakdown Of $18.822 Billion Feds Spent In 2002 On War On Drugs
Treatment (with Research)
$3.587 Billion (19.1% of total)
Prevention (with Research)
$2.548 Billion (13.5% of total)
Domestic Law Enforcement
$9.513 Billion (50.5% of total)
$2.074 Billion (11.0% of total)
$1.098 Billion (5.8% of total)
Is The War On Drugs Working
Have You Used Marijuana
Have You Used Cocaine
Have You Used Methamphetamine
All that money is coming from you. Taxpayers are footing that bill and also understand those figures are for 2002. With inflation we are surely over the 20 billion mark by now.
I have known and still know marijuana users you would never know were users. Lawyers, Doctors, Judges, and even some Preachers are recreational users. I don't anymore, but if it were legal I would be growing it. The uses for hemp are enormous. Heck, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew the stuff. In early Jamestown in the 1600's it was actually illegal to not grow it.
It is safer by all means to smoke a joint than to drink alcohol and get behind a wheel of a car.
I know there are many who are against my thinking, but why is that? As you are sitting in your easy chair drinking a cold Budweiser. Alcohol is a drug too.
There has got to be a better way. In my opinion, many of it is done just because it is illegal.
My opinion is Legalize It and let America reap the benefits. Let it be a Stoned America that punishes real criminals.
© 2009 Greg Boudonck