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Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure

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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:42 PM
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I was watching one of my favorite youtube channels today when I discovered they made this incredibly informative, short animated new video on the War on Drugs.

Most of us here on ATS are well aware of why exactly the War on Drugs is a huge failure, but it's informative nonetheless, and offers many little juicy tidbits of information on the matter (such as how the US DEA has a success rate of about 1% on a $30 billion dollar fund)



Have a look, tell me what you think, and spread it to the people who aren't 'in the know'




posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:44 PM
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I have come to the conclusion that the War on Drugs is a racist policy.

One that affects minorities disproportionately.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:49 PM
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originally posted by: grey580
I have come to the conclusion that the War on Drugs is a racist policy.

One that affects minorities disproportionately.


As much as I agree, I can't see why they would spend $30 billion on a 'legal' way to be racist. It is certainly a factor, but most definitely not the main one.

I can, however, see why people would spend $30 billion of other peoples money, if say, they were themselves trying to get wealthy off of this ongoing, never ending, obviously-a-failure concept.

The War on Drugs is far more likely to be a tool to make a select few excessively wealthy.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:53 PM
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a reply to: Ghost147

And if Trump is elected, we may be looking at Chris (enforce the laws on the books over common sense) Christie as AG. Nothing like a step back from where we've come these last 8 years in terms of loosening drug laws.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:55 PM
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a reply to: Ghost147

Supply and demand equate to the reason the war on drugs is a complete failure. That and the fact that any war on drugs is hypocritical beyond measure given our consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:09 PM
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a reply to: Ghost147

Well, like many well meaning bone headed things implemented by the government.

This "war" has had unintended consequences.

And on of those consequences is it's affecting minorities disproportionately.

That's why I said what I said.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:12 PM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

Yes! More illegal means bigger money.
Trump would do that.
Tighten up those laws. There is money to be made.




posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:13 PM
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Ironically, I think the war on drugs continues because government stands to lose too much if we stop it. The money, the jobs, the bureaucrat entrenchment, the jails, etc.

Drugs are scrouge on society, but I think our approach has been an utter failure. The profits are too high drug dealers are like cock roaches. You stamp one out, another will take their place.

I'm for legalization and treatment.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:13 PM
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originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: Ghost147

Well, like many well meaning bone headed things implemented by the government.

This "war" has had unintended consequences.

And on of those consequences is it's affecting minorities disproportionately.

That's why I said what I said.


Indeed. The initial implementation was likely for good reasons.

What it involved into, however, is greed, with a lot of casualties along the way.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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I will never understand why drugs are illegal. What a person chooses to do with their consciousness they should be aloud to do.

If a drug is a mind-bending psychoactive compound that makes the user believe he is a turkey then so be it.

If a drug user turns voilent and is a risk to society, lock the user up and/or provide help.

Telling society that alcohol can be taxed and sold, while the broad range of drugs cannot is outright bizarre.

Some of you will sit on the fence because you "know what some drugs can do to a person". Well I'm sorry to break your heart but I know first hand what drugs, alcohol, smoking, heck even junk food and gambling can do. All of which are as bad as each other but one is responsible for daily murders, illegal trafficking, and billionaire criminals. Why? Why when it isn't anywhere near as dangerous as alcohol?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:39 PM
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I think it was a huge success for the creators of it. Self-feeding cash flow.

The entire just-us $ystem needs changed. You can't have this type of system in society. It will break down.

You can't legislate the chemicals or foods someone injests.

I mean, twacked out, non-eating coffee drinkers bug me when they try and hold stuff still, but I won't throw them in jail, take their children, possessions, house, car, kill their dogs, grenade their babies, kill, beat or maim them for it.

Heck, I'm really annoyed by the jittery ones, I may just find a way to remove them from society all together. Hey, I know, I can create a public records database, so they will be unemployable for life!

The nuts are running the nut house.

Even if not all out legalized, remove the public records bs. Give fines. No minors.





posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:41 PM
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a reply to: angryhulk

"I will never understand why drugs are illegal."

Because TPTB only have our best interests at heart and would never attempt to retard people expanding the consciousness.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:48 PM
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a reply to: Ghost147



Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure


Depends who you say its a failure for, there are plenty special interest , govt agencies , and groups of lobbyist that its a working just fine. The war on drugs is only a failure for the people.




a reply to: grey580




I have come to the conclusion that the War on Drugs is a racist policy. One that affects minorities disproportionately.


Its a control policy and effects the majority without money or connections within the system and effects all races.

I know plenty of white kids that have been arrested for drugs.

War on drugs is also a good method to hide money for other dark projects and a nice money maker for several big lobbyist.

Its all about the money.


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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:18 PM
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I thought the war on drugs ended when the drugs won.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:25 PM
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It's not about drugs at all.
It's about controlling people; not what they do
But what their legal record is.
Drug felon = 2nd Amendment gone.
This way they always have a hook in you.
Yes, there is a great deal of money to be made, gangs to be created and fear generated.
More police, more prisons, more free labor for corporations.
And the sales of the drugs themselves of course.
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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:51 PM
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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
It's not about drugs at all.
It's about controlling people; not what they do
But what their legal record is.
Drug felon = 2nd Amendment gone.
This way they always have a hook in you.
Yes, there is a great deal of money to be made, gangs to be created and fear generated.
More police, more prisons, more free labor for corporations.
And the sales of the drugs themselves of course.
$$


Isn't it amazing how 10 years ago we were told our troops are protecting the poppy fields in Afghanistan and now all of a sudden we are hearing not only in our cities but all over of having a heroin epidemic?

Odd how the MSM paints it as it is coming from Mexico at that!



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:54 PM
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If we're going to stop fighting the War on Drugs, then we better stop fighting the War on Poverty at the same time. Both are failures and for the same reasons.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:55 PM
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a reply to: interupt42




I know plenty of white kids that have been arrested for drugs.


Of course. But that's not the point.

I'm talking about disproportionate effects.

I've seen stats that say whites tend to use more drugs than minorities. But minorities are 3 times more likely to be arrested for drugs.

And more minorities are in prison because of the war on drugs.

We need to end it.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 03:01 PM
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a reply to: grey580

Agreed it needs to end , it was designed for all the wrong reasons.

Minorities also are effected harder because of greater financial constraints.

Its not like the cops are driving around affluent neighbourhoods looking for drug dealers, they are going to poor sections of town where they tend to be more minority filed.

Money trumps racism, its always about money.
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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 03:02 PM
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It's down to the influence of Puritan values still hanging around in our societies.



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