Ever since prohibition began in America, the war on drugs has been a colossal failure. Much like a recidivist most of our politicians have been repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Fortunately not all of our leaders are on the same boat. Regarding U.S. anti-drug efforts in Latin America, Sen. Claire McCaskill had this to say “We are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a problem without even knowing what we are getting in return”. In the video posted below Ron Paul can be heard criticizing current drug policy. He argues that prohibiting narcotics presents a very real threat to personal freedom.
Not only is the War on Drugs ineffective it is also a huge waste of resources. According to the LA Times Counter-narcotics contract spending increased 32% between 2005 and 2009. That is an increase from $482 million to $635 million. In addition to these expenditures the Department of Defense has spent $6.1 billion since 2005 detecting planes and boats containing illegal drugs. What exactly has this gotten us? The drugs are still flowing into our country with no signs of stopping.
The enormous financial burden of the War on Drugs is staggering. Far more worrisome is the human cost of this war. Countless nonviolent drug offenders have been imprisoned for inordinate lengths of time. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. The report America’s One Million Nonviolent Prisoners states that the level of nonviolent offenders exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
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