Since then, like an out of control tumor, the war on drugs has expanded.
Today it consumes billions of dollars. It has created a law enforcement profit industry, where law enforcement can take money and property away from innocent people. These people, who are frequently not even charged with a crime, are forced to go to court, if they can afford a lawyer, and they are forced to prove their property is lawfully theirs.
The war on drugs has incarcerated tens of thousands of people whose only crime was a drug offense. It has created Mexican drug cartels that terrorize not only Mexico but are now reaching into the United States. These cartels reap huge profits from illegal drugs. [Although] Legalizing drugs so people can just get high is a really bad idea.
Just because something is legalized does not mean it is something that should be encouraged.
[Many] often say we should legalize drugs, regulate and tax them. They are right about that, but it is the users who also must be regulated.
Instead of the massive and failed war on drugs, American needs to prohibit the possession and use of drugs by people who have not obtain a permit for drug use from the government. In fact, the penalties for possession of drugs by an unregistered user should be draconian.
The government should allow possession and use of drug use by those who register for a drug use permit. Registration is not simply an open license to use drugs. As with everything there are consequences and there should be.
If you want to be a registered drug user, that should be public information. It also should be a bar to certain types of employment. If you are a registered drug user, you aren’t going to be a heart surgeon. Nor are you going to be flying a jumbo jet nor will you be driving a large truck. And you won’t be on public assistance either.The drug war has been a total disaster on every front. If it were a real war we would be asking the other side what their terms of surrender are.