It is hard to believe summer 2008 is almost over and soon we will be electing our 44th President. It really feels as if our country is on the verge of some much needed change.
The marijuana prohibition issue is generally ignored during the presidential campaigns. It seems presidential hopefuls are too afraid to say something that the old guard might consider controversial to talk about cannabis. But, it has come up a few times so far and will likely come up a few more before November.
I am always surprised when I here people who bitterly complain about the negative impacts of the drug war on our communities and country say it will never change. Has Reefer Madness propaganda gotten to them or is there really a reason to be against it?
- tax dollars spent on law enforcement and incarceration of good Americans
- racial and economic profiling from law enforcement
- erosion of civil rights and liberties through the drug war
- financial encouragement of the mafia by artificially inflating marijuana prices
- suppression of medical marijuana research
- suppression of an incredibly useful, sustainable agriculture crop in hemp
- loss of student financial aid and earning potential of thousands of young people
Yearly Cost of Enforcement of Marijuana Prohibition
- Federal Government Cost $2,400,000,000 ($2.4 Billion)
- Local Government Cost $5,300,000,000 ($5.3 Billion)
Cannabis Related Arrests in 2006
- 829,625 People
source: Drug War Calculator
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