The phrase war on drugs may have first been coined by President Nixon in the 1970's, but the drug war in America has been going on far longer than that. It mostly started because of racist notions of opium for Chinese and cocaine for blacks turning them into some kind of demons. People have always found a way to consume what they want. There's no sense in locking people up just because of the sickness of addiction.
Drugs are an evil in society and causes many deaths, and misfortune. There are many people with a cavalier approach to drugs and it's damaging in a sense that they don't know how bad drugs are to society or to them. Many of those drugs cause road accidents, overdose death, HIV, prostitution, violence, and more crime from people needing to fuel their addiction. It alters people's mood and mind state. If the government makes it legal these problems will only escalate and get far worse.
However, them being currently illegal also creates a blackmarket again because of people's cavalier approach to drugs being fine. That money goes to criminal gangs and terrorists. If people just grew their own or bought them only from legit shops then it will cut supply and demand for terror groups like Al-Qaeda and criminal mafia gangs.
So it's a double edged sword. I personally think we need more education. We need to stop the media glamorizing drug use (which again won't happen) and have a more global effort to tackle drug smuggling. Drugs are too dangerous to accept them into our lifestyle and we must not give up. The war will rage on.
Potheads, crack addicts, drunks, and other junkies walking around, I'd say yes. The government's investing millions of dollars fighting it, while everybody who wants to smoke dope smokes dope anyways. It's really not that hard to get drugs, you just ask around and eventually you'll get what you're looking for. Think of all the people who have died in the war drugs, it's appalling. So, yes, the war on drugs has and will always be a failure.
This is a silly question.
There are 33,000 gangs across the country, with over 1.1 million members, all of these gangs are heavily into selling drugs and violence.
Most of these gangs are Mexican or Black, and they are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the USA.
"FBI: Burgeoning gangs behind up to 80% of U.S. Crime"
Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials.
The major findings in a report by the Justice Department's National Gang Intelligence Center, which has not been publicly released, conclude gangs are the "primary retail-level distributors of most illicit drugs" and several are "capable" of competing with major U.S.-based Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.
If we did not have the War on Drugs, more violent crimes would be committed.
And, legalizing drugs will not stop this. That is a lie being spread by pot heads. There is more crime around pot shops in the Netherlands and more kids now use the drug, this is true in Portugal too.
All, drug dealers caught selling to children need to be executed. All drug dealers need life sentences.
All gang members need to be put in jail yesterday, many are illegal Mexican immigrants that should not be in America anyway.
So, of course the War on Drugs has not failed. Without the police and FBI cracking down on drugs and gangs, America would be destroyed and the gang punk would rule the streets.
And, the majority of people in jail for drugs are not in for simple possession. That is another lie being spread by pot heads and NORML.
You pot smoking punks need to grow up.
If you can enjoy life without being stoned or drunk, you need serious psychological help.
Here is a great video all you pot heads should watch:
Video: Is marijuana harmless?
Posted At 1:46 PM On November 28, 2012 BY Ed Morrissey