75 years ago, our country tried to ban alcohol, and Al Capone and others took advantage to build a crime network that survives to this day.
Today, nearly a million Americans are in jail or under sentences, at a cost in the tens of billions of dollars a year in jail and police costs, to try Prohibition II.
All that making drugs illegal has done has been:
- To fill our jails to a point where violent criminals are
- To drive up the cost of drugs, forcing addicts to steal to
pay for drugs. It is estimated that over half of car thefts
and burglaries are to get drug money
- It has made criminals out of good people. Many well known
Americans have admitted to marijuana use - ranging from Al
Gore to Newt Gingrich to Bill Clinton to William Buckley
- It has put people in the hospital as adulterated marijuana
may be spiked with more dangerous drugs or full of herbicides
- It has limited the medical use of marijuana by many who would
benefit from it.
The time has come to legalize (and regulate) marijuana.