The US War on Drugs started 46 years ago today. Some commentary from Milton Friedman on that failed and shameful war

The War on Drugs is as they say a War on the American People.

It is also a war that is largely fought to benefit cronies. Parts of law enforcement, the prison complex, Pharma, and most importantly and maybe most tragically the drug cartels, benefit from the conflict. One could throw in some of the banks too.

All because of a deep puritanical streak in the American consciousness that has been exploited for political power and financial gain.

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At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

Prison is WAY easier to get into than Harvard however.

There is big time money in the incarceration business. Many people (certainly not all) are paid very well to run our country’s prisons and jails. Particularly in California.

Now ask yourself. Would you want to end the unjust drug war if it meant losing your 6 figure job?

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Ron Paul – The Drug War: Will the Trump Administration OD on Authoritarianism?

By Ron Paul

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors in drug cases to seek the maximum penalty authorized by federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Sessions’ order represents a setback to the progress made toward restoring compassion and common sense to the sentencing process over the past few years. Sessions’ action also guarantees that many nonviolent drug law offenders will continue spending more time in prison than murderers.

Sessions’ support for mandatory minimums is no surprise,

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Trump shouldn’t give new life to the War on Drugs, That would be a terrible mistake

First we shouldn’t have a “drug czar.” A drug “king.” Second, the War on Drugs has failed. It’s obviously failed. It destroys lives more than drugs. (I suppose some could argue this point, but it seems to me obvious after having spent years looking at the issue.) We don’t need a king overseeing this quagmire.

Drug addiction should be treated for what it is, a mental health issue. Many of our readers are probably smokers and more importantly former smokers.

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Magic Mushrooms May Hold Key to Long-Term Anxiety Relief in Clinical Settings (But the Drug War hampers progress)

“Mushroom” study at Johns Hopkins

I debated whether to post this article but obviously I decided to.

There is very real evidence that many of the drugs that have been demonized in years past, particularly psychedelics, have tremendous potential for alleviating human suffering. Many of these same very powerful drugs of course have great potential for abuse and harm also. But because of bureaucratic stupidity mixed with the innate American tendency toward Puritanism progress in researching these substances has been hindered unnecessarily.

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A Former Nixon Aide Admitted the ‘War on Drugs’ Was Designed to Sc**w Over Blacks and Hippies

Nixon was a big government guy. Something to consider these days. Nixon created the EPA, and expanded all sorts of other government agencies. He also launched the deeply crony drug war in earnest. (Not to mention the bombing of Cambodia.)

Noam Chomsky called Nixon the last “liberal” president. Consider that. Consider what that means.

(From Vice)

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that,

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Federal drug war is failing on multiple fronts, government watchdog says (‘Failed’ is probably a better word.)

“To say that all the things that have been done in the war on drugs haven’t made any difference is ridiculous,” Walters said. “It destroys everything we’ve done. It’s saying all the people involved in law enforcment, treatment and prevention have been wasting their time. It’s saying all these people’s work is misguided.” – John P. Walters (Former drug ‘czar.’)

This is fundamentally why many who prosecute the drug war want to continue it.

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Ben Carson Wants to “Intensify” the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs is fundamentally a war on the American people. It is a disastrous policy which likely has ruined many more lives than drugs have. The “war” is also deeply crony. The main reason drugs remain illegal – mostly – is because large vested economic interests want it that way. The police, the DEA, various other law enforcement agencies, lawyers, treatment centers (in some cases), drug companies (in many cases), illegal drug dealers (who go out of business with liberalized drug laws) all have their bread buttered to a greater or lesser extent by the drug war.

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Suspended Cops Say Video of Them Eating Marijuana Edibles During a Raid Violated Their Privacy

Are these cops HIGH?

Well they sure were.

Here’s the original video we ran a few months ago. Please note where one cop says that she should have kicked one of the (disabled) customers in her “stump.”

Nice folks. Then the cops hang out and party.

Your war on drugs my friends.

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Insane in the cop brain: Cops bust CA medical pot store (for some reason) then appear to eat medical marijuana and hang out (Video)

I don’t know why these police officers were taking this dispensary down. Who knows? But am almost positive that they aren’t supposed to be partaking of the merchandise, particularly on the job.

This folks, is your war on drugs.

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The War on Drugs: 100 Years of Failure?

The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. It’s caused unfathomable heartache. It’s fattened the wallets of police departments and drug dealers alike. We have prisons full of people there because of drugs. Lives have been torn apart. Families have been torn apart. Countries have been torn apart.

The War on Drugs has made a mockery of the Constitution. Do you think the founders ever envisioned the police digging through the possessions of American citizens in a search for intoxicants?

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