reply to post by GokuVsSuperman0
I spent almost 40 years in UK Law Enforcement mainly anti drugs related, I won't go any further than that save to say "The War On Drugs" was lost
way before Reagan or anyone connected to the Iran-Contra affair got involved.
Decades ago, Afghan tribsemen were paid not to grow Opium Poppies in their fields. They honourably agreed to do so and pocketed the dollars that the
CIA or subsequently DEA or others paid them and ceased growing poppies in their fields, and promptly went around the nearest hill to someone else's
fields and grew them there!
LE never got to grips with the size, professionalism or ruthlessness of the drugs cartels, wherever they existed. The courts and the rehabilitation
systems failed those most in need of support and the rest is history...
In the UK, cannabis factories containing thousands of plants are dealt with by front line police where previously a National Crime Squad team of
detectives would have investigated it.
Ketamine was a problem for many years but did not appear on the Misuse of Drugs Act Schedule until fairly recently.
Throwing every drugs convicted person into jail does nothing other than line the pockets of private enterprise. Mind you if the track record of G4S
here, especially after the Olympic debacle is anything to go by things are getting worse. They even manage the post conviction tagging system which is
widely regarded by LE and law breakers alike as a joke. Jet hey are responsible for the transport of prisoners to court and so many trials are
adjourned because of lost or delayed prisoners that has become a joke as well.
Decriminalise? Take away some of the profit element and legalise cannabis as the US is currently looking at? I don't know as Cannabis misuse causes
so many problems it might make things worse, but then Prohibition did not stop alcoholism or drinking itself.
Tourists? Been visiting US of A since '76. Needless to say I don't do drugs. Law Enforcement from CBP to local Police have only caused me a problem
once, and that was the old style Immigration at JFK, it was that long ago we flew on a 707! Immigration were not the most user friendly in those days
and their poor reputation, then, was well deserved.
Now, nothing but polite, professional service at the border. Inland, the same.
If you want a bad experience or even to get arrested, bad mouth, diss., taunt an LE officer whether or not you have committed a crime and you know
what to expect. Stay clean, don't break the law of if you do don't act stupid or tough and you should not end up incarcerated.
Guns and gun crime, not going down that road through the minefield of Constitution or NRA.
Too many in jail, you bet, but no easy answer for you over there, there is a limit to how many people you can jail and how much of a drain that
becomes on taxpayers money.
All I am sure of is you can't put everyone in a FEMA camp, even if that was want you wanted to do, and it is pretty unlikely that all those
Constitutional gun owners are going to give them up, even if legitimately sourced ammo dries up, given the porosity of the borders, land, sea and air,
illegal ammo will take over, and that won't have Federal and State tax applied to it!
So, the increase in prison population or US Law Enforcement hasn't put me off visiting, nor will it. Not while the temperature is so low