Our freedom and principles our country was founded on have been eroded away by our own politicians, courts, and police. It is very easy to give up and say that I’m just one person; what difference can I make? But We the People can make a big difference if we group together and vote in legislators who believe like we do and vote out politicians who don’t. Americans can solve any problem if we recognize the causes and unify around the solutions. As voters we should watch over elected officials, judge their performance, cheer their successes, and cast them out of office for their failures. This is the duty of democracy. We the People can use the tools our forefathers, who made this country, gave us.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “It is common sense to take a method and try it: if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” After 100 years from the Harrison Act, is it not time for us to admit that the war on drugs is not working and to try another solution?
Recreational drugs are big business. It is too big of a business for America to handle in the wrong way. Handling this huge business in the wrong way is bankrupting our country. We have to realize that criminalization of drugs creates major problems and solves no problems. It is time to start a practical solution that actually works.
The most practical solution is to legalize and tax drug use. Once legalized and taxed, it is important to base the price on the free market system of supply and demand. Of course a reasonable tax would be added. The tax for recreational drugs should be similar to what alcohol and cigarettes are taxed. Taxes will have to be low enough to discourage smuggling. The tax cannot be too high, otherwise the underground would be able to undercut the prices and remain in business.
The solution to the drug situation is as follows:
1) We must all sign up on the web site to show the elected representatives that we would rather house and feed the homeless, improve our economy, and start paying off our huge national debt, than continuing the war on drugs which has never worked anyway. We are not advocating drug use, but we are advocating ending the war on drugs. By signing up, we are demonstrating to our representatives our request.
2) If the representatives fail to enact our request, we will vote them out of office.
3) Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine will be treated like alcohol and tobacco. The free market system will be allowed to operate with the addition of a reasonable tax. Opiates will be allowed to those who desire opiates, but only through a doctor’s prescription and dispensed through pharmacies. (There is not much, if any difference, between America’s current methadone clinics and what we are proposing.) Suboxen will be made available at pharmacies; a doctor’s prescription will not be required for Suboxens. Suboxens will help people quit opiates if they desire to quit. Ninety five percent of the tax revenue collected will go toward paying off our national debt; the other five percent will go toward advertising and educating against using drugs and the harmful effects of drugs.
4) It would be better to legalize nationwide to avoid smuggling between the states. However, we do want to follow the Constitution. The federal government must legalize and tax recreational drugs. The changes would also apply to the states. If certain states wanted to keep drugs illegal, the states would have the option to pass new laws against legalizing and taxing drugs in their particular state. The states and the people would have to work out this issue per the Ninth and Tenth Amendments and the constitutional privacy laws which apply.
5) We must immediately release all of the people who are in jail for victimless, non-violent drug charges. We want the energy and funds which are now put into jailing drug offenders to now be put toward housing and feeding the homeless. If we released the one million drug offenders, we could easily house and feed the half million homeless at no additional tax payer expense. There are still some in American prisons serving life sentences for marijuana. Neither they, nor their families deserved to be punished. President Obama granted 1,927 clemencies, including 504 who had been given life; most of these were non-violent victimless drug crimes; this action saved the government much money, brought much joy to the prisoner’s family, and created zero problems for society. It is time to release the prisoners from Nixon’s war on drugs!
There may be some of you who are leery about passing such laws legalizing such drugs. Just keep in mind the following; 1) We already have methadone clinics sponsored by our government. Methadone is a synthetic opiate or basically a synthetic heroin. There is not much difference between having a methadone clinic compared to an opiate clinic. Other countries have these type clinics with better results than we are now getting from the war on drugs; 2) We would rather users be able to get their supplies from doctors and pharmacies, rather than forcing users to buy dangerous mixtures off the street; 3) About the same amount of people die each year from eating bad food, walking on busy roads, or catching the flu as die from cocaine or methamphetamine. We have been brainwashed by over 100 years of government propaganda about these drugs which are not backed by scientific data; 4) Legalizing and taxing these drugs would lower the murder rates which the war on drugs causes. For example, we do not have Jack Daniels doing drive by shootings at Old Grand Dads Whiskey because these are law abiding and legitimate businesses with reasonable profit margins. There would also be less people carrying guns; 5) People who use drugs and do not hurt anyone else, do not belong in prison. There are many drugs in our prisons anyway; 6) It is better and fairer for drug users to pay society through taxes than for innocent taxpayers to pay for the war on drugs; 7) If this plan does not work, then we can try something else. We do know that the war on drugs causes problems and solves no problems. It is time to try a different plan. We are not advocating drug use, but we are advocating ending the costly war on drugs.
If you are still not sure, you can order the book which gives a detailed explanation of why this is the best solution. The “War on Drugs; Why?” book covers 1)The history of alcohol and drug prohibition and compares them to each other; 2) The Constitution and the privacy rights which are involved; 3) What other problems could be solved instead of fighting the war on drugs; 4) The harmful effects of using drugs; 5) How the war on drugs makes the problem worse; 6) Why recreational drugs should be legalized and taxed; 6) What would happen if drugs would be legalized and taxed; and 7) Why we really have the war on drugs.
If we all pull together, we can make our country a better place.