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America’s war on drugs was designed to fail…

*Distribution of Federal prisoners in the United States since 1950

In the face of this [overdose] crisis, Jeff Sessions has re-declared the war on drugs, a five-decade old boondoggle that civil-rights organizations, economists and even some law-enforcement groups believe to be discredited by years of failure. The war on drugs has already cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1 trillion and our nation’s jails, prisons and hospitals now overflow with the ranks of its combatants and victims. The stakes couldn’t be higher, nor the timing better, for America to end this war, not expand it.​

National polls in recent years have consistently shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe the war on drugs cannot be won. Given the fact that more than half of the United States have legalized medical marijuana, with several others set to join Colorado, Washington and California in approving recreational marijuana use, there has never been a stronger mandate for drug reform than now. As a nation, we are tired of the drug war’s endless cycle of crime, political corruption, mass incarceration and mayhem—particularly in Mexico, much of which is a war zone, while north of the border, we are mired in a highly politicized hysteria over immigration and border security.

Original Article (History.com):
America’s War on Drugs Was Designed to Fail. So Why Is It Being Revived Now?
Artwork Fair Use: Mike Gotfredson

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