Again, the way the War on Drugs is sold to us is that it's for your own personal safety, so if we catch you on drugs... we're going to send you to jail...?
They couldn't give a **** about our health, over 400,000 Americans die every year from cigarettes (5 million Global).
More American people die from Advil every year (6,000), than do Heroin (2,000), and Cocaine (1,000). In fact, if you look at the list of illegal narcotics, you'll find the more dangerous drugs like, heroin, cocaine, & methamphetamine's, are schedule 2 narcotics, where much less harmful (even harmLESS) drugs like psilocybin, DMT, and Cannabis, are schedule 1 narcotics. Go ****ing figure.More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
I don't know if you're familiar with DMT, but your brain produces it every night, and right before human death. It's produced by your pineal gland (aka, your "third eye"), located smack dab in the middle of your brain. It's responsible for human dreaming (if you didn't know); and yet, it too is more illegal than cocaine, meth, and heroin. Even though every human being uses it on a daily basis, and it's completely harmless.
I think that part of the reason that some of these mind expaning drugs like psilocybin, ayahuasca, DMT, and cannabis are more illegal than their clearly more dangerous counterparts, is because they are the harbingers of a set of ideals & values which are counter productive to the Consumerist based American economy.
I think another reason as to why it's illegal is because there are a lot of people in high places right now, enforcing the drug war, that might be out of a job if legalized. For instance, about 50% of the prison population is incarcerated on drug related charges (90% of those 50% are in there for USE related reasons, not distribution). So, if we have half as many prisoners, we might only need half as many prisons, and if we only have half as many prisons, we might only need half as many prison guards (sorry Goon), not to mention the DEA might not like to see that happen. Half the prisoners also means about half as much slave-labor.
The Pharmaceutical industry doesn't want to see this happen, particularly with marijuana, as they stand to possibly lose billions to alternative medicines, and you can already see the impact on the Pharm's pocket in places like California, where medical marijuana is available. Alcohol and Tobacco companies sure as **** don't want to see this happen, and do you know how I know? They, drug companies, SPONSOR THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG FREE AMERICA. & all these companies employ lobbyists to further their agenda; buying policy, the American way.
And, this is the great part, I haven't even talked about the economic sense it makes to legalize all drugs.
Jeffery Miron, a Harvard Economics Professor writes;
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12192In our recent study, just released by the Cato Institute, we estimate the impact of legalization on federal, state, and local budgets. The report concludes that drug legalization would reduce government expenditure about $41.3 billion annually. Roughly $25.7 billion of this savings would accrue to state and local governments, and roughly $15.6 billion to the federal government. About $8.7 billion of the savings would result from legalization of marijuana, $20 billion from legalization of cocaine and heroin, and $12.6 billion from legalization of all other drugs.
Legalization would also generate tax revenue of roughly $46.7 billion annually if drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco. About $8.7 billion of this revenue would result from legalization of marijuana, $32.6 billion from legalization of cocaine and heroin, and $5.5 billion from legalization of all other drugs.
Not economically related, but he also writes
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-24/p..._s=PM:POLITICSOver the past two years, drug violence in Mexico has become a fixture of the daily news. Some of this violence pits drug cartels against one another; some involves confrontations between law enforcement and traffickers.
Recent estimates suggest thousands have lost their lives in this "war on drugs."
The U.S. and Mexican responses to this violence have been predictable: more troops and police, greater border controls and expanded enforcement of every kind. Escalation is the wrong response, however; drug prohibition is the cause of the violence.
I think I'm just gonna save this to a word document so I don't have to keep retyping this.