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  • Is the "War on Drugs" an outdated practice in the US?

    I feel like this was started as a means to get money into the government without truly fixing the problem. Even today, we have illegal trades coming through Mexico from the cartel with drugs, weapons, and other items that should not be passing the border. If there was ever a war on drugs, this all would have been handled over 30 years ago! I feel like it is outdated and funding such a thing is a waste of tax payer dollars.

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    I think we have a drug problem. I don't think this campaign has done much of anything other than waste money and lock up people who would otherwise cause no harm to anyone else. I feel like things need to be dealt with at the border as well as shutting down gang turf in the innercity areas.

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    • #3
      If we want to see the drug problem be sorted, we need to do it. We need to stop relying on the government and focus on improving communities. Nothing will change if we keep throwing money at the government.

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      • #4
        I don't think the idea of a war on drugs is outdated, it just hasn't been implemented very well.
        We can all acknowledge that there is a problem with illegal drugs coming across the border as well as prescription drugs. It's a problem that must be taken on, I just don't know the correct way to do it. I think the issue goes too deep.

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        • #5
          Anytime we declare a "war" on something, that situation gets worse and worse. Perhaps we should stop delclaring wars..

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          • #6
            Laws and regulations never actually make the problem disappear, but rather just push it underground.

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            • #7
              its not a war on drugs; its a war on freedom for the sole purpose of the few (private prisons,etc) to make money and feel powerful.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jacob View Post
                its not a war on drugs; its a war on freedom for the sole purpose of the few (private prisons,etc) to make money and feel powerful.
                Exactly what I just said. Everything Congress does has 1 reason. To make themselves richer. The war on drugs was extremely effective at filling their bank accounts with money.

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                • #9
                  The truth is that it has been terribly effective. However, the problem is the inaccuracy of the name of the program. If it were called the 'perpetual short-term impairment and immobilization of the lower to mid retail level prohibited substances dealer' then I would say the program was a huge success.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by alex View Post
                    The truth is that it has been terribly effective. However, the problem is the inaccuracy of the name of the program. If it were called the 'perpetual short-term impairment and immobilization of the lower to mid retail level prohibited substances dealer' then I would say the program was a huge success.
                    They could have accurately called it the "Temporary inconvenience to the rich white teenager who can buy an 8-ball every week with his allowance" and it would have been more accurate, but terribly incomplete.

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                    • #11
                      I would argue that money is not the endgame, it never is. Money is always a means to an end - usually power, of course. So...what gives?

                      Drugs create changes in consciousness, and this change have a potential that is not in the interest of people in positions of power because it might lead to the lessening of their power. I believe this is the primary reason for the "war on drugs".

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                      • #12
                        I think the "war" is ridiculous. Plenty of drugs aren't bad, and the fact that some people make decisions to take harmful drugs is a reflection of their bad upbringing. Rather than waging war on them, we should be helping them to realise for themselves that they should be making better decisions. Users of harmful drugs need love not war

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Julius55 View Post
                          I think the "war" is ridiculous. Plenty of drugs aren't bad, and the fact that some people make decisions to take harmful drugs is a reflection of their bad upbringing. Rather than waging war on them, we should be helping them to realise for themselves that they should be making better decisions. Users of harmful drugs need love not war
                          I think all drugs are bad, none of them have any positives that outweigh the negatives. I do think that some of them should be legal, though. Those that harm only the user and nobody else, people should be free to make bad decisions.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Johnny1 View Post

                            I think all drugs are bad, none of them have any positives that outweigh the negatives. I do think that some of them should be legal, though. Those that harm only the user and nobody else, people should be free to make bad decisions.
                            This is almost my view on it, as well. I'd also legalize some of the "worse" drugs and allow them only inside your own home and in small quantities. If you are caught out in public under the influence, you should be punished.

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