Remember Prohibition? It Still Doesn't Work

Remember Prohibition? It Still Doesn't Work

Washington : DC : USA | Apr 03, 2012 at 10:17 AM PDT
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Matthew Fogg, a retired Chief Deputy US Federal Marshal and active member of Law Enforcement against prohibition explains why the new strategy of war on drugs isnt working at all. How after 30 plus years of this drug war hasn't worked and will not work ever.

Fogg in points out that the Prohibition of marijuana causes more economic problems for the US than anyting. The question everyone is asking why have alcohol, cigarettes,prescription, even coffee very addictive legal and not marijuana?

Here is a Brief History Of Prohibition:

US National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)- was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America.

In the Prohibition Era; alcohol became more dangerous to consume; crime increased and became "organized"; the court and prison systems were stretched to the breaking point; and corruption of public officials was rampant. No measurable gains were made in productivity or reduced absenteeism. Prohibition removed a significant source of tax revenue and greatly increased government spending. It led many drinkers to switch to opium, marijuana, patent medicines, cocaine, and other dangerous substances that they would have been unlikely to encounter in the absence of Prohibition."

But The lessons of Prohibition remain important today:

Obama's drug czar unveiled the Obama administration's National Strategy for Drug Control. Now they say, that their new strategy is to shift the focus of the drug war from enforcement and criminal prosecutions to prevention and treatment. Something that many law enforcement officials have been calling for for years. And yet if we look at the figures in this new strategy, they just don't seem to add up." RT reported.

People laugh when politicians talk about their drug use. Yet those same politicians oversee a cruel system that now stages SWAT raids on people's homes more than 100 times a day. People die in these raids -- some weren't even the intended targets of the police.

Neill Franklin a 33-year Maryland police veteran, now executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, locked up hundreds of people for drugs and felt good about it. Drugs can be -- and are in many cases -- problematic. But the policies that we have in place to prohibit their use are 10 times more problematic." The raids helped change his mind. "We end up with kids being shot ... search warrants being served on the wrong home, innocent people on the other side of the door thinking that they are protecting their home."

And the level of drug use remains about the same.

Bureaucratic officials in Washington DC state:

"We should be kicking down more doors. ... They're kicking the door of somebody who's a violent person."

Violent? People who get high are rarely violent. The violence occurs because when something's illegal, it is sold only on the black market. And that causes crime. Drug dealers can't just call the cops if someone tries to steal their supply. So they form gangs and arm themselves to the teeth.

Especially kids. Drug gangs constantly look for new recruits. Franklin says.

"Some of these gangs have better recruitment programs than Fortune 500 companies. They know what to say to kids."

People think that if drugs were legal, there would be more recruiting of kids. Franklin says the opposite is true.

"Prohibition causes that. We don't have kids on the corner [saying], 'Pssst, I got a fifth of Jack Daniel's.' 10 years ago, Portugal decriminalized every drug -- crack, heroin, you name it. The number of abusers actually declined. Portugal's top drug official, said that before decriminalization "we had a huge problem with drug use ... around 100,000 people hooked on heroin." Independent studies have found the number of people in Portugal who say they regularly do drugs stayed about the same.

"Addiction itself decreased a lot." "The level of conflicts on the street are reduced. Drug-related robberies are reduced. And now the police are not the enemies of the consumers!" And teen drug use is down."

But In America and in most of the world, the drug war continues, thousands are murdered and in ghettos the police are enemies of the people. Governments should wake up and learn something from the Portuguese.

Do you think American politicians will ever put an end to the War on Drug? Get more info on this and other topics at Common And Sense Politics.

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marcus watson is based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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