Einstein said that “only an idiot repeats the same thing over and over again, expecting different results”. I ask you, what have we learned from Prohibition? From the past 50+ years of the drug war? Are we a nation of idiots?
Portugal decriminalized all drugs a decade ago and drug-related crime and violence almost disappeared. Drug USE has gone down. Portugal correctly deals with drug abuse as a medical and/or psychological issue, not a criminal one. When will America learn?
Clearly, drugs make the user feel good, else they wouldn’t use them. So, our absurd drug laws essentially outlaw feeling good, so they are doomed to failure. Instead, spending 10% of the ridiculous DEA and law enforcement budgets to educate people to choose not to use drugs and another 10% to treat those that don’t get the message, would be MUCH better off than our present approach. Is this so difficult for our politicians to see? And, if so, perhaps we shouldn’t be electing stupid, science/medicine-defying morons whose only goal is to get re-elected and to pocket cash from their pulpits.