Corrupt Drug Policy
Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's chat a bit about my practical proposal to get our troops and kids out of the drug war. The drug war has failed. Prohibition is an impossible task. If demand for a product exists a market WILL create itself. If said market is forced underground things get terminally ugly. Put it this way - the best thing alcohol prohibition did for this country was enhance the Kennedy fortune. Think about that one, Republicans, cuz it scares me too!
So what solution do I offer? Legalization, regulation and taxation, just like booze and cigs. Let RJ Reynolds grow and roll it, let Eli Lilly cook and distribute it, and let 21st Amendment Liquor's check ID's when its bought.
Crazy you say? Well, the way I see it its crazy to continue to flush billions down the toilet fighting a war that can't be won. Its crazy imprisoning kids, branding them felons, and throwing them to the prison wolves for their youthful indiscretion. Its crazy locking up folks because they suffer from the disease of addiction. Finally its crazy creating a massive black market that provides an enormous profit center for the worst thugs in our society!
Through legalization, regulation and taxation currently "controlled" substances can actually BE controlled. Tell me, when is the last time the local crack dealer checked ID before selling to a kid?
Through legalization, regulation and taxation we can not only save billions of dollars currently spent fighting the drug war we can actually create revenue. We can funnel that money toward the investigation and prosecution of REAL crimes, including contributing to the deliquency of a minor. We can funnel that money toward actual honest substance abuse education, and not just cheesy PSA's about "your brain on drugs." We can funnel that money toward addiction treatment.
I'm quite confident that even after spending money on treatment and education there would be a net revenue gain compared to the spending sink hole that is the drug war. Nevertheless even if we just break even the worst costs of the drug war would be eliminated... No longer would we be incarcerating our youth, no longer would we be offering an outrageously profitable revenue stream to the dregs of our society, and no longer would we be putting the best and brightest of the law enforcement community in harms way.