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America's war on drugs is it a war on it's own people?

Updated on February 20, 2011

Americas war on drugs is hurting the whole world.

The war on drugs has been very successful in one sense.

It has succeeded in criminalizing thousands of innocent people.

America dictates it's laws to other countries and forces changes to their drug laws as well.

What right does it have?

The right of might it seems. It certainly does not have the high moral ground.

America has used economic punishment and straight out warfare to enforce it's illegal and dumb-arsed prohibition not only on it's own people, but the rest of the world as well..

This has interfered with the delivery of pain relief drugs for cancer and other chronic pain sufferers all around the world.

What else has it achieved?

  • It has created drug cartels that can not be stopped.
  • These bastards have made so much money since drugs were outlawed they just buy off government agency staff, police and whole Governments in poor countries.
  • The horror of the families with their children and loved ones rotting away in overcrowded and often inhumane jails because they had a joint at a party is another bonus.

It seems a no brain-er.

Stop the war on drugs and most of the suffering will go away without any help. Prohibition has never worked in the past.

Thousands have died in shoot outs all around the globe over the money that is made out of this black-marketing of drugs. As every government in the world should understand, you can easily stop young people from using drugs.

Educate them. Honestly. Not with reefer madness type bull-dust, they know more about it than our anti-drug lobbyists, and assume that if they lied about one drug they will have lied about all drugs, so they take dangerous amounts of dangerous drugs because of this type of low-brow crap.

Prohibition, false information which tries to scare kids out of taking drugs is a waste of time and money.

I know this much about kids: They do not scare, and the most interesting things to them are anything that is banned or forbidden.

In the current situation where it is dangerous to get caught they will try most drugs even when they know more about the dangers than the Government does!

The cost of incarcerating all these drug users is massive.

The reason the laws are in place are the same reason America is such a bully.

The God-bothering bunch of hypocrites who lobby the self serving pollies in congress and the Senate.

They have caused more damage than all the drugs could ever do.

After all most kids take it up because it is illegal, making it seem exotic and exciting, not because of the effect alone.

Decriminalize drugs and interest in them will disappear very quickly.

finally.... spend the wasted billions on medicine and mopping up the criminals.

They will be a lot easier to catch without their bribe money from the drug war to support all the bent cops and politicians who have made a nice little fortune on the side from prohibition, just as they did with alcohol, which is very dangerous and now socially acceptable.

NO you dumb arsed bureaucrats don't prohibit alcohol again!

Just say "educate"

The results of prohibition


13 years of prohibition created criminal clusters all over the United States.

The beautiful City of Chicago became a very dangerous place, but represented a very small part of the whole fiasco that was prohibition.

Why in hell would anyone think prohibition would work after that history lesson?

I have had 2 friends with cancer who have had to endure years of agony because they cannot get good drugs, as good drugs are banned for some very weird reasons.

For example a relatively clean tricyclic amineptine came on the market a few years ago. It worked very well for chronic pain sufferers, but was quickly banned when someone in America used it as a party drug.

The FDA.

The philosophy of the FDA seems to be If it is a clean drug with a small profile of side effects and is a mood brightener in any way, it will be deemed abuseable and therefore banned! You must have a disease to make the drug for specifically, and even then if it works well it is banned.


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    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Manthy!

      You know I don't get it.

      I know many Americans, have worked there, have American friends here, and they are all as sharp as tacks!

      I have trouble getting my head around the crazy American politics though.

      I know you have some great politicians, but some in congress should be in jail!

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      I agree 100% with you on this I wish ore Americans we're as sharp as you

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for this very supportive post. I think the time has come for America to start taking the country back from the bible bashers and other extremists who support the war on drugs and thereby criminals who gain from it, be they politicians or other organized criminals!.

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      TravelinAsia 7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia


      Great hub, very valid points. Sensible and rational thinking, unfortunately this seems to be rare in America these days.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I would have thought that the American Government would have been able to move before now on this, but the good ole US of A has a bone ignorant by choice bible belt like no other country on earth, and as long as lunatics like Glenn Beck have any credence with them the rot will go on and be based on some 2.000 year old re-interpreted religious bullshit or the ramblings of some psychotic shock-jock.

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      kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

      Earnest I hope to see the establishment in the US feeling a bit of the wrath of the people, I think that would be down right refreshing. The propaganda machine has been hard at work the past hand-full of decades, that thing must be billowing smoke now about about ready to fall to pieces. Ahh one can hope :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks NoMercy. You're welcome.

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      NoMercyNY 7 years ago from New York

      Old Post But Nice Read all the same. thank you for the support on the facebook rant earnest. trust me more shall come like rain in a storm. ill be lookin for more from you as well. until then...

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Kirsten. I find it hard to believe that it continues. In Australia we are forced to follow Americas lead.

      Holland is harassed every single day by America to change it's laws.

      America is going to feel the wrath of it's own people soon over his one. I can't get my head around the criminally stupid who, having tried prohibition resulting in all the major cities being run by criminals for 13 years you would think mud would be smart enough to see the futility of doing it again!

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      kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

      Earnest, I agree with everything you say in this hub. I personally think this prohibition is pure evil. Little red dudes with pointy horns and cool/scary tails could not create half the suffering we humans have created with this one prohibition. By the way, what is wrong with a person wanting to feel good? Seriously, why is that sooo wrong?!?! Wanna feel good, then you must be a criminal?

      Think you hit nerve there friend LOL

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks for the appreciation Ima Boozer. I fear you may be right about the funding. Like most law enforcement the money could be better spent.

      Busting people for smoking a bit of hooch is plain crazy!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for the back-link fluffymetal (love that name!) I appreciate it.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Cagsil, I always wonder why human nature always sinks to a common denominator when it comes to the rights of others to determine their lives and outcomes.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for looking in Tom. I agree entirely. Ignorance is bloody dangerous.

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      Ima Boozer 7 years ago

      Good posts, each and every one. Thank you very much!

      My point is that the law enforcement agencies are also making huge bucks off the war on drugs. If we legalize pot it would cut back on funding for Law enforcement and that is enough to make them want to cotinue the losing war on drugs!

      No wonder the cops want to bash pot smokers rather then actual criminals. The pot smokers are a relaxed, easy going target and the real criminals are a LOT tougher and might actually fight back and win.

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      Fluffymetal 7 years ago from Texas

      As a NORML activist I really enjoyed your hub. Backlinked it!

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Earnest, the War on Drugs is nothing but government pretending to protect the citizens, when in fact, it's a matter of control. It's ridiculous. However, I also want to agree- Educate kids. The mentality of many people and politicians, is that they think it's their right to tell others how to live, when in fact, it is an oppression of individual rights, when they do it. It appears that since people fail to see a universal truth, they will always think they are right in their actions, when the real truth of the matter is they are being selfish, yet don't know it. Many in America want to dictate civility, instead or practicing it. Thumbs up! :) Good read! :)

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Earnest....I clicked on this from Facebook. I think you pretty well said it all and said it well. I remember being told in the 70s that pot would make us impotent and insane. They were putting kids in prison and drinking martinis in the judges chambers.

      Our greatest enemy is ignorance...especially those who lead with ignorance and self righteousness.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks for your thoughts Genna. I would like laws that reflect truth in all things. A bit idealistic I know, but so be it.

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      Genna East 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Interesting idea, and one that has been debated for some time. The war on drugs will never stop. Ever. Perhaps your solution is the right one.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks for looking in attemptedhumour.


      The lessons of prohibition should have been learned from the Al Capone days.

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      attemptedhumour 7 years ago from Australia

      It's a big problem world wide with no simple answer, but legalising drugs would bring down crime and it should be freedom of choice. Cheers mate

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Well said!

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      qwark 8 years ago


      It's such a lucrative business worldwide that stopping it would really effect economies.

      You and I both know that $ rules. People are insigificant. Ya lose one and another pops up like wipes in a box'a kleenex.

      To countries and massive corporations, people are a means to their ends.

      There's a never ending supply of "ants" whom can be programmed and controlled to benefit them.

      We can all bitch and moan but who's gonna win in the end?

      I dedicate my singular life to using the system to gain my ends.

      If it's a win, win situation, so be it.

      Mother nature demands that one "adapt" to survive! Im gonna meet "Ma Natures" demands as best I can 'cause I want to live for as long as my genetic programming will allow!

      I say: fuk em all and feed 'em 6 for pallbearers!

      Life is to be lived!

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Good point, thanks Mikel.

      As seen on TV, the attitude of some of the police is deplorable, the background music in "bad boys" says a fair bit about their attitude.

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      Mikel G Roberts 8 years ago from The Heartland

      It is also an addiction feeder for the adrenline junkies of law enforcement.

      Nice hub.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for your heartfelt reply. I agree, it must stop now.

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      MagicStarER 8 years ago from Western Kentucky

      The drug war is nothing but a racket for big prison corporations to steal our money. And etc, politicians, drug cartels, as you mentioned in this article. Good job, and you are right on the money! It is no one's business what a person ingests, and should CERTAINLY not be a reason to destroy a person's whole life and family along with it.

      It must end. NOW! Thanks for writing this! :)

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you bat115. You know, your comment means a lot to me. I do try to find the truth about subjects that interest me and drugs, brain chemistry and psychology interest me greatly, as do the politics and emotions that suround them.

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      Tim 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      good honest hub here

    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Niterider! I feel the situation is out of control in the States.

      The television series "Bad Boys" says it all about narrow minded fear induced thinking.

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      Niteriter 8 years ago from Canada

      I take an immediate liking to a fellow who inserts delightful phrases like "dumb-arsed prohibition" and "God-bothering bunch of hypocrites" into a post that draws attention to a packet of seldom-spoken truths. (Run-on sentences are my specialty!) This is a thought-provoking piece, well presented.

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Brie, I have no trouble with Christian or any other beliefs, providing they are not fanatical and evangelistic. Although I do not believe in a god, I do not mean to condemn all Christians, as many like yourself are prepared to live and let live.America should seperate religion and state so that the extremists do not have any more say in proceedings than anyone else.

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      Brie Hoffman 9 years ago from Manhattan

      I agree with you except on one point...your mention of God bothering hypocrites. I take exception to that since I am a Christian and yet I believe all drugs should be legalized and controlled. I also wrote about this topic in one of my hubs.

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks LondonGirl, I agree. We have too much money being wasted on locking up kids for very little amounts of marjuana yet they can go out and lose a stack of braincells and put themselves at risk simply by getting someone to buy grog for them.

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      LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

      I think the UK would also be better off relaxing drug laws.

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Rob, spot on. You would think all those years of crime would have taught the prohibitionists something.

      Al Capone and his mates were not a good look.

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      Rob Volanti 9 years ago

      True. It's a way we should have "pulled out" of a long time ago


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