- Posted November 9, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ending the Drug War: Who has the guts to bring it up?
Who will be the first to call for an end to the war on drugs?
Now that the citizens of Colorado and Washington have voted to legalize marijuana use, which party will finally call for the end of federally criminalizing people for using it?
Neither Harry Reid or John Boehner seem willing to even bring the topic up for discussion. Both hold positions against drug use. Harry Reid has spoken out against the "drug menace" in Nevada and John Boehner voted against marijuana use in DC for even medical purposes.
President Obama is obligated to continue to execute the war on drugs even in Colorado and Washington which voted to make marijuana use legal.
In a poll posted by Gallop on 17 October, 2011, 50% of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana and only 46% were against.
In a poll posted by Rasmussen on 17 May, 2012 56% of Americans were in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana use in much the same way alcohol and tobacco are regulated. Only 36% were opposed according to the same poll.
On 22 May, 2012 a Rasmussen poll showed that 47% favored legalizing both marijuana and cocaine to reduce violence along the southern border with Mexico.
We have been fighting the war on drugs for over 40 years and spent over a trillion dollars doing it. We are nowhere close to winning it. Why should we even be fighting it? Who is to tell another adult they are not allowed to fry their own brains on drugs and possibly die from them? Why are we putting these people in prison? To protect them from themselves? Is that what the federal government was designed to do: decide for us what is harmful and then criminalizing people for harming themselves? What does it solve?
It costs about $30,000 dollars a year to house and feed each federal prisoner. Why are we as taxpayers paying to house and feed people for doing nothing more than ingesting whatever they want into their bodies? We have more people in federal prisons for drug charges thatn we do for violent crimes. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country on the planet yet we are called "Land of the Free."
Neither Republicans or Democrats have stepped up to the plate to end this costly war to taxpayers. At a time when Republicans are calling for the cutting of programs, one in which makes criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens should be the first. Not to mention all the new revenue the government can take in from new legal drug sales. And for Democrats who claim to be liberals they should be calling for the end to the drug war as well. And Democrats are calling for new revenues to decrease our deficit and national debt, here is a great source.
So who will be the first? Harry Reid or John Boehner? Democrats or Republicans? Or do they want to prosecute an unpopular war against Colorado and Washington as well?