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Why the War on Drugs Must End

Type: Literature (pdf)

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Exhibition Date: 2014-05-30 04:38:22 MST

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Marijuana should be legalized. The war on drugs has been an abject failure. People are still doing drugs despite the laws. As a country, we’re spending $1 trillion each year to fight drugs. 60% of our prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders. We’ve been battling this war for more than 40 years. Lives are still being destroyed.

Prohibition creates crime and violence. If drugs are legalized, there will still be a percentage of people who will ruin their own lives. That statistic will not change. But, they will be more likely to seek help and we will reduce the number of drug related deaths, the non-violent prison population, and the amount of felons who may struggle to get employment despite being qualified for work.

Medical marijuana is becoming acceptable among people across party lines. It’s a natural choice for pain relief.

At least one Politician running for Florida Governor is making sense, http://wyllieforgovernor.com/issues-2/marijuana/

Candidate Name: Adrian Wyllie

Governor
danielle@wyllieforgovernor.com
Wyllie For Governor
1334 Tampa Road #1
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
727-599-0001
Election year: 2014
State Campaign
- See more at: http://www.lpf.org/candidates/#sthash.NbsmcqTV.dpuf

Do your part to end the continued crimes against humanity done in the name of Drug Prohibition. Get informed and vote in local office for candidates willing to make a clear stance on legalization. Dont let the criminals who would use the government to abuse civil rights get a free pass any longer! Legalization has happened in Colorado and is spreading, most Americans agree with legalization.

Drug War Statistics

Did you know....
Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000

Number of people arrested in 2012 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.55 million

Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2012: 749,825

Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 658,231 (88 percent)

Number of Americans incarcerated in 2012 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,228,400 or 1 in every 108 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world

Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison that are black or Hispanic, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 61 percent

Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 21 + District of Columbia

Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000

Number of people killed in Mexicos drug war since 2006: 70,000+

Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+

Number of people in the U.S. that died from a drug overdose in 2010: 38,329

Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by: 80 percent

One-third of all AIDS cases in the U.S. have been caused by syringe sharing: 354,000 people

U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs: $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for them

http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-war-statistics

Keywords: end drug prohibtion, prisonindustrial complex, florida libertarian candidate for governor legalize

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