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A Stoned America

Updated on April 28, 2015
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Greg has many opinions when it comes to politics and education. He has no qualms with voicing his opinion..

Disclaimer

This hub in no way is condoning the use of any illegal substances. It is for informational purposes only.

My Position

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
    • crime
    • disease
    • lost wages
    • lost taxes
    The war has been lost--face it Americans. Americans will not "win" a war on drugs because they don't want to win a war on drugs.

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

Program
Money Spent
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)
Interdiction
$2.074 Billion (11.0% of total)
International
$1.098 Billion (5.8% of total)

Your Opinion

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Marijuana Use

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Cocaine Use

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Meth Use

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Taxes

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

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      sneakorocksolid 

      9 years ago

      Froggy, This is a tough topic! You presented this well and your points are well taken. I guess if we're going to bankrupt our sociaty this is no better or worse than gay marriage, abortion or any other morally questionable behavior. peace.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I understand your point; only problem is: The major drug dealers on average don't go to prison. They turn in some low level person and they are still on the streets.

      I have seen it over and over--they also have the money to buy the best defense.

      By legalization, you take the market away from these major dealers. You wipe out our federal deficit and you lighten the prison population.

      The "big time" dealers will resort to other crimes and will end up where they belong.

      Do some studies on Amsterdam where it is legal-It does seem to work better and the majority of drug users are actually tourists.

      In my opinion, it's at least worth a try because what we are doing now doesn't work.

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      eovery 

      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Interesting and teachable hub,

      However, I do not agree with your statement drug dealers. These guys are major criminals trying to get rich fast off from illegal means. If it was not drugs, it might be something even worse. Drugs are the medium for fast wealth. It could be children's body parts or some other terrible act. I am glad they are in there.

      I am sorry about the child killers walking the streets, but they would probably walking the streets anyway. I have read your hubs, and my heart goes out to you on your loss and frustration. I now it is a nightmare, of which I can only comprehend partially being a parent myself, but not suffering the loss.

      Crooks are crooks and have the same deposition. Get them all off the streets and away from our children, wives, family and friends.

      Keep on Hubbing!

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      Arby Bourne 

      9 years ago from USA

      I'm not afraid to say that I, for one, agree with you on this wholeheartedly. Don't even get me started! :) It is a great big hypocrisy that many people have suffered because of. You organized and presented this very nicely - well done!!

      Very good hub.

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