What we need now is less, not more. Drug laws perpetuate crime, which, in turn, perpetuates poverty in a never ending cycle. Is a poor child, who grows up surrounded by drugs and their trappings, more likely to become a stock broker or a drug dealer as an adult? Conversely, is the rich child, who is born into the midst of success, more likely to succeed or fail in life? The children have no control over the environment into which they are born, but it has much control over them.
Drug laws do not make society safer. This is an evil lie. They, in fact, make society more dangerous. They are tools used by the government to control and repress the poor. And who is poverty’s largest constituant? The more things change, the more they remain the same. Who benefits from drug las? You decide.
Drug laws are not the only cause of mass incarceration, but they are a major contributor; likely, in fact, the single largest contributor. A recent statistic proclaimed the 22% of today’s prison population is charged with non-violent drug offenses. Falling into this category are approximately 500,000 individuals, but this statistic is misleading; it is artificially low. Multiple offenses ome to be labeled by the criminal justice system as “habitual criminality” rather than minor non-violence drug offenses. These are not included in the 22% figure above. Also not included, but must be considered, are offenses associated with illegal drugs that would not have occurred were drugs not illegal. For example: were drugs legal there would be no more drug deals to go ad, and no one to get gunned down because of it. This, of course, is a simplified exmple. In reality, the percentage quote above is likely half the truth.