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The War on Drugs

September 2nd, 2005

“It’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war on person freedom– that’s what it is. And if you don’t believe me, go home tonight, take all your records, all your tapes, all your books, and burn ’em. ‘Cause you know what? All those great artists and musicians who’ve enhanced your lives throughout the years: reeeeeaaal fucking high on drugs….”

On Sep 1, 2005 I was in court for a minor traffic violation, during which I got to see the deposition of an undercover narcotics officer with the Oakland County sherriff Department give his side of the testimony that led to three arrests, after said deputy had arranged for and accepted the delivery of several small quantities (less than 30g) and 2 large quantities (close to an ounce, each) over the course of a few weeks.

It really was fascinating listening to him give his testimony, but it got me thinking. Police officers, whose duty it is to protect us from others, and who are charged with upholding the highest moral and legal standards, as a society, we allow them to commit major, prosecutable crimes, such as trafficking and purchasing narcotics. In this case it was cocaine or rock cocaine, I’m not sure.

All in the name of preventing the white stuff from hitting the streets, and finding its way into the hands of people who are willing to assume the risks of their lifestyle.

Now, and it’s cliche, but there are seriously better things that money could be spent on. But lets assume that there aren’t. Would we, as a society, allow our police officers to engage in pedophile in order to catch a child molester? Would we allow them to murder, in order to acquire evidence against a serial killer? Would we allow them to vandalize public property, or supply alcohol to minors, if their goal was to reduce the level of juvenile delinquency?

In short, would we allow them to [insert crime here] in order to prevent [insert other crime, here]. I think it’s preposterous to say that we would. And it’s equally preposterous to continue funding a war on drugs that has only been successful in accomplishing a very few (undesirable) outcomes:

A) a black market
B) higher crime [induced by black market prices]
C) increased violence [as a result of aforementioned crime]
D) increased incarceration rates [which deprive society of productivity, children of parents, etc.]

There’s your war on drugs.

Here’s a few choice articles, from
FEE, NY Times,
and the Times, again.

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