War on Drugs

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Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way — through local laws, communities, churches, and families — to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy.”

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opaque
opaque

Being half Dutch/American, I have lived in both the US and The Netherlands - famous for their free drugs mentality. Despite the American 'war on drugs', Americans use more drugs than Dutchmen. Yet I think that about 90% of the Dutchmen strongly support the free drugs laws. Not because they are hippies, but because they don't want a government telling them what to do. That fundamental right is directed by an idea that every human being may decide about the matters of its own health. I am thrilled to hear that Ron Paul supports this same idea - and I don't even take alcohol, let alone drugs.

mickey01
mickey01

I'm all for legalizing marijuana. The war on drugs is just another phrase for war on the people. The pharmaceutical companies give us their drugs to use and the crap poisons our minds and bodies, you have to take a drug to fix or slow down a process and something else messes up. They make millions of dollars off of giving us more diseases than curing them. Give people jobs that can support them and their families and stop filling our jails with petty marijuana drug dealers. Lock up the sex offenders, the sickos that murder innocent people. Stop wasting tax dollars on garbage like that. Give better rehab to the people that is strung out on the cocaine, heroin, etc., I know people that keeps going in and out of rehab like it was their second home. What gives? "Marijuana is dangerous" what about the cigarettes and alcohol? Cigarettes only kill cause of the chemicals that are allowed in the tobacco, pure tobacco doesn't harm. Alcohol, kills everyday and both are legal. (go figure) Well that is our law makers for us. Government has double standards all around. I believe the so called war on drugs is just a crock, how do you think the drugs get in the US? It is all a set up plan to put certain people behind bars.

Jdub
Jdub

I agree, marijuana should definitely be legal. It helps people more than hurts them. Plus the government should not control what people put in their bodies. Cannabis has got to be the greatest form of medicine ever. Who knows what goes into those pills that the doctors recommend? Legalize.

Anonymous
Anonymous

All I think is we should have drugs decriminalized, all of them, tax them and what not, and then put that into the economy, then have centers for rehab and what not. It would create jobs and we could do MORE research on drugs to see if they actually could be altered to have any value. And alcohol is legal so a cigarettes and what not. I mean I'm pro anarchism and what not but I would settle with a less strict states rights government, so this is one of the things I'd have to say I'd like to see. And marijuana if we used it to its potential could save us from this bad spot we are in.

Guest205
Guest205

I can't help but agree. This "war" is just mindless and will forever drag on and on... Ruining lives, giving away money that could be well spent through taxes to fat-rich cartels and careless pharmaceutical companies. It is a waste at every single level. If the country keeps thinking that way, then what? Will it ban Mcdonald's because people abuse fast food and become obese? That's downright ridiculous. By legalizing, they can put as many restrictions as they please, but above all, they get SO MUCH money from taxes. With such a huge debt hanging over the country, it would be very advisable to get money wherever it can.

Besides, drug addicts are not necessarily waste. Some are junkies and nothing else, true. But it would be wise not to forget all the rest, people with jobs or students, smart, willing to play their part in the society, who do not steal, kill, who get their drugs with their own money, and sometimes who use drugs as a justified mean. Using drugs does not make you a bad person, or a useless one. It just depends on the person.

So in the end, fighting it this way just does more harm than good... It is about time someone wakes up in politics and straighten everything out.

kirkholmes
kirkholmes

Ya know I was a HUGE supporter for the "War on Drugs" especially since at one time I was quite addicted to many of them. However now after doing my due diligence I must agree that there is a better way. I would say the biggest turning point was after reading "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts" by Dr. Gabor Mate. I think the good Dr makes GREAT points on why the system just doesn't work and gives some great insight as to how it can be changed. I would love to hear more about how Ron Paul plans on getting out of the "War on Drugs" because in my opinion this particular war has cost America more money, time, and heartache than all the rest combined!

Guest420
Guest420

Guest123456789 you could not be more wrong. Marijuana arrests account for HALF of all drug arrests. Heroin, Meth, Coke, Ecstasy, and other drugs COMBINED account for the rest. No state has fully legalized Marijuana, and only a few are thinking about it. Even Medical Marijuana is Federally Prohibited, and that leads to the DEA breaking down doors of state-law abiding patients, caregivers, and dispensaries in military style raids. Over half a million people have been arrested each year for Marijuana since 1995, that number hit 858,408 in 2009. Of these arrests(in 2009) 88% were for simple possession. Apparently, law enforcement does have a problem with it, and it is the one drug you ARE trying to crack down on. Numbers don't lie, but cops sure do. FYI people also use Marijuana to cope with medical conditions like cancer, migraines, stomach problems, Multiple Sclerosis,AIDS, arthritis, depression, epilepsy, and countless other conditions. To most users, Cannabis is simply a cure for the pains of life and the War on Drugs is making criminals out of these people. The federal government should have no say over how you medicate your pain, as long as you are not hurting anyone else.

You are right about these drugs taking over the lives of our youth, you just don't know how. Millions of children in this country are on amphetamines/stimulants(meth/coke), antidepressants(which artificially raise serotonin levels, creating, not fixing a chemical imbalance in the brain), and opiates(Heroin). However many children are being PRESCRIBED these drugs by doctors. These pills are not just handed out to kids who need them either. They are shoveled out onto the public, given to anyone who will buy. There is no infringement from law enforcement in this "black market". and no its not a conspiracy, its the dang truth. if you can't see it open your eyes.

Guest123456789
Guest123456789

The word "drug" does not begin and end with Marijuana! Yes, California and many other states have already or are thinking about legalizing marijuana. I am a law enforcement officer. Marijuana is the least of our nation's concern and problem when speaking of drugs.

Heroin, Meth, Cocaine, Ecstasy, and other drugs of those nature are the problem. These are deadly drugs. These drugs are taking over the lives of our youth. These drugs are causing our nation to become filled with mindless junkies who do not contribute to society. Most posts here talk about Marijuana as if that is the one drug everyone wants to crack down on. Get over yourself and your need to have a plant to calm you down. If pot is all you experiment with, get off your anti-governemnt soap box. We don't care about your concerns for legalized marijuana. Whether it is legal or not, you will always find something to argue about.

Pay attention to the real issues at hand, the issues that are causing our nation to errode with poor decisions, terrible policy, and corrupt, power hungry, greedy leaders. The War on Drugs is a necessity. If Ron Paul is too naive to believe that the people in the community can fight it, then he is a poor choice for the position.

Ruth1940
Ruth1940

Send the addicts to rehab, not prison. Have some Law Enforcement Against Prohibition people speak in your community. Prohibition of alcohol didn't work, just increased crime. Same with other drugs!

JKellyH
JKellyH

The war on drugs is over, we lost. California already threw in the towel. If it is regulated, then it can be controlled. If the stuff is taxed, then the different "products" can be age restricted, controlled. Jobs/employers can still keep those idiots from working for them via drug screenings. People will always come up with something stupid to get high off of, fastrer than lawmakers can deem it to be illegal. At least, if the junk was legal, the drug-heads would be less motivated to get around the system that doesn't work very well anyhow. Having stuff available for leagal sale would keep the worst stuff out of the system, at a low price that the murderous drug czars can't compete. Having lower prices that are manageable would reduce the need for drug-heads to mug, rob and kill, just to get a fix.

Motov
Motov

The government doesn't want you to use your drugs, they want you to use their drugs.

They love the drug companies money, that's what it is all about.

Legalizing pot will end that gravy train.

RJ13
RJ13

Drugs are not going to vanish and the people using drugs are not going to stop. We need to legalize, control and tax drugs. We then, can take the money from drugs to educate the public on it's dangers and addictions. Make a conscious effort to help one another with love and education. To place someone in a 4X4 room with rapists, murders and out right violent people is going to make matters worse. For those people who are non violent and just wanted to relax there minds from this world. They get punished and turned into terrible human-beings after coming out of these so called rehabilitation center. There are a lot of harmful drugs out there that are ruining peoples lives and we need to help them. However, there are some drugs out there that can enhance our state of consciousnesses. Which in return can free us from fear, pain and learn to forgive. We then can concentrate on loving one another. Truth, love, peace and harmony will ultimately set use free! Look within first :)

Capitalistic Realist
Capitalistic Realist

You should consider.. the same people that enforce drug laws are the same ones paid to let it slide and are part of the syndicate themselves. Ever do a screening on who becomes police officers? Most are bullies with horrible upbringings and are involved in drugs. Want to talk about doing something right? Start by giving our educators the right to fail these people and then by making our 'authorities' take random drug tests. Won't happen though.. because our education system and has become a business, and so have the authorities, neither are not concerned about doing what is right and the few that are have it hard.

Durgency
Durgency

Individual consenting adults, if they live in a "FREE" country, should be allowed to do anything and I mean "ANYTHING", in the privacy of their own homes, unless they are harming another person or another person's property. That's true Libertarianism.

Ivan Ulrich
Ivan Ulrich

I agree with Ron Paul that marijuana, crack, and heroine should be legal.
I think it's a waste of taxpayer dollars to put addicts in jail.

AreyUMD
AreyUMD

If lawmakers would simply take the expected 12 billion dollar turn around from ending the war on drugs and put it to education we could change this country for the better.

Bobthe NewYORKER
Bobthe NewYORKER

Ron is right, the WAR on drugs has failed, and we lost. The families, schools, churches, overall personal standards are what is going to stop or reduce this problem.

People will do what they want to do, always have, always will. When alcohol was ill legal did people STOP Drinking, NO, it went under ground instead. When they changed the laws, right!

The problem is with how people are brought up. The problem is sometimes personal, or the problem is a weak society. Many reasons to this, not one size fits all (JAIL).

Putting a young person in jail for smoking pot or selling pot with, rapist, murders, all kinds of major criminals is NOT THE ANSWER. The person learns how to be a real criminal. It's a plant folks, not a gun! How can someone with a glass of beer in their hand say that pot is a crime??

Explain that. We need a better answer. One that does not cost billions of dollars and wreck lifes too!

I agree with Ron Paul totally on this issue!

PopulistPower
PopulistPower

The war on drugs is just another diversionary shiny coin. Another paranoid fear tool. After all of the decades that this "war" has been going on we still have addiction problems and drug runners crossing the southern border. It's only success has been causing fear and pissing away money while diverting attention from real problems! End the "war" on drugs and let citizens decide for themselves what they do in their private homes.

KevinTorres
KevinTorres

I'm totally with Ron Paul. Just because I don't do something doesn't mean that no one else should do it either.

starkst
starkst

the "hard" drugs are already legal I can't stand opium fiends and i see them everywhere, spending $50 a high, i have seen meth addicts jump to government speed (adderall and dexedrine) they steal from their kids who have been diagnosed ADHD, pot heads going to herbel blends, I suffer from anxiety that its so bad the stress causes my vision to black out, as some as my dr. put me on xanax they went away and my friends and family told me i much more pleasent to be around, my dr. retired and now i can't find a dr. who continue my meds because other patients abuse them, the worst part of my appointment was in the waiting room listening to people complain that the patient with the dr. was talking to much and taking to long. FIENDS!!! WHY SHOULD MY HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SUFFER?

saveus
saveus

legalize drugs we just get it from the doctors personally ill do drugs and nobody is gonna tell me i cant same with anyone else its our rights to choose and stop acting like drugs are the devil g there know big deal its the law that makes it like that everyone knows it wake up come on guys really? also dare told me lies about drugs if i knowed the truth what i know know i would not have done them but if they was legal i would not have knowed of them until later in life but they was everywhere and it was ileagal and cool so i was cool to common sense that would make us rich and we would all gain truth

saveus
saveus

legalize drugs. shoot on sight border jumpers. bring industry home. lighten up on arrest everyones in jail and they do it for drugs so legalize causing coruption 2 . talk so we can understand u and be a man be honest dont make promises u cant keep . work where? so money forget it were goin under obvious go in to debt jobs money and i refuse to work 4 anything less than 15 bucks an hour ill sell crack before id do that maybe thats why people do it to have a piece of the pie duuurrrrr its the only way to make money its worth goin to jail over it at least i can live like a king 4 awhile or u can live in the streets or join mcdonalds and slave and die working at like 77 years old at grill and never enjoy life like my father truck driver died and never had nothing 48 years and worked like a dog never enjoyed nothing worked all the time im not goin down that road and stop helpin over seas there country not ours mind our buissnes over here what is it whith helpin other countrys never help us unless another hitler comes back no more of this rush in superman crap ggggeeezz and our troops what are they doin over there does antone know ? cause i dont come home now!!!!! and cops do what they want need more restrictions to keep them law abiding they work for us and i hate to tell u president u work 4 us!!!!! so do what ur told. sombody stand up do something wake up please save us im gonna vote this time but if i get fooled again i will not vote again like obama i voted 4 him cause i thought he was a man and was honest joe plummer crap not cause he was black dont care if he mexican as long as he defends us whith his life he is our leader we trusted u presidents somthin bad is gonna happen if we dont turn things around my are is affected so bad u might as well be dead cause u cant have a life its sell drugs or be poor no work and its a hell hole it was a nice rich community 15 years ago ron paul i gonna watch u if u handle buissnes like a real honest man would u get my vote and talk like us will listen we dont wont to hear ur fancy words were blue color people we are more than anyone remember that! sincerly my voice respect. feels good to get that off my chest sorry if i offended anyone not mean to

wildmaxy
wildmaxy

See, lots of people are saying no to legalizing all drugs. I agree, however, they should all be decriminalized! Portugal did this back in 2001, not only did they see a decrease in crime, but illegal drug use in teens decreased, they were bringing in money, caused disease spread by drug use, such as HIV,to to drop drastically. The greatest success was the fact that in the US and the way they system is set up many drug addicts DO want help but are afraid to in fear of being criminalized. Since Portugal decriminalized drugs, people seeking treatment for drug addiction more then doubled!

From Time.com

Between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined. Lifetime heroin use among 16-to-18-year-olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8% (although there was a slight increase in marijuana use in that age group). New HIV infections in drug users fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003, and deaths related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by more than half. In addition, the number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14,877 from 6,040, after decriminalization, and money saved on enforcement allowed for increased funding of drug-free treatment as well.

Now some of you are probably saying, "So what, that's Portugal, nothing like the US". Well, Portugal had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe. So if they were able to do it, then we should be able to do it. And if you say we can't, aren't we supposed to be "THE GREATEST NATION"? If we are, we are going to let another country show us up? I guarantee we can have very similar success if not greater!

Dallas
Dallas

Legalize it all and tax it...its the exactly the same concept of Abortion: if you illegalize it completely it just means that people are gonna do it in unsanitary conditions, hence junkies shooting up in the streets and overdosing in their apartments and robbing you for anything. Tax it and use the money for health treatment. In 10 days my uncle was cured from heroin addiction, it costed a crap load of cash but the treatment worked. Now imagine if this treatment were free with your local health insurance provider. Some countries in europe are very liberal on this issue and they don't have nearly as much drug users as we do in the states. Drugs have existed for thousands of years, they're going nowhere, just look at meth...its the new moonshine for christssake. The majority of people arent junkies so dont freak out thinking that the streets will be filled with zombies if we legalize all drugs. Its about educating your children in the end and preparing for the future.

thepeopleselbow
thepeopleselbow

@Guest123456789 "Get over yourself and your need to have a plant calm you down" and "get off your anti-government soap box".. Sarcastic demeaning uncaring and irritated political banter coming from a damn police officer. You make me sick sir. Georgia Washington grew hemp and marijuana. This plant has been apart of culture across the planet for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. Only in the last 100 years has it been deemed "bad" and that is mostly because of one man lying immoral individual called Richard Nixon. Like you said coke, meth, opiates, and prescription drug abuse is the REAL issue, not a benign plant that has medicinal and agricultural value. Its not about "needing a plant to calm ourselves". Its about a naturally occurring plant that is beneficial to society that our own government has restricted for what reason? Political reasons, history tells us so. Get off your power hungry gun and badge high horse and have some heart.

someoneelse
someoneelse

@JKellyH I disagree with one thing you said we didn't lose the war on drugs as long as it's coming to an end I'd say we won.

coyo
coyo

@Motov I have no problem with taking synthetic drugs made from professionals such as Pfizer (of whom my family are shareholders), the problem is when people step onto my private property and tell me what i can and cannot do with my own body.

coyo
coyo

@RJ13 Agreed. Those so-called criminals, the ones caught with scheduled drugs could very well be my friends' children. I do NOT like the fact that sweet friendly and productive tax-paying citizens are placed in the same cells as hardened murderers, and /given heavier sentences/

DaveElliott
DaveElliott

@Ivan Ulrich i agree with you that ALL drugs should be legal and regulated until the states decide to make them illegal and enforce their own laws. it should be up to the people of the states to vote on their own policies and enforce them not the federal government.

coyo
coyo

@AreyUMD AMEN! Education, real bloody education, something that isn't pathetic, like it is now, is the answer to the war on drugs. Instead of criminalizing recreational drugs, the answer is being there for the potential addicts. This is the place of the community, and the church, to Be There for those who are vulnerable.

coyo
coyo

@Bobthe NewYORKER Yes, it is the place of the community, the family, and especially the PARENTS to intervene, and raise their own bloody children. If parents are incompetent at being there for their own children, the children in question can seek help from the church or the community.

coyo
coyo

@PopulistPower Precisely. That was well expressed. It should be the individual's private choice in the privacy of their own home what they want to consume. Above that, which should be a human right, it would stamp out the drug cartels, would make the street drugs much safer to consume for our teenage generation. Kids are smart, people can decide for themselves what they want to do with their lives.

coyo
coyo

@starkst The answer to this, my unfortunate friend, is to not worry so much about those fiends. Doctors should be allowed to prescribe what they, in their expensively-educated minds deem appropriate. I'm sorry to hear that you are unable to have your xanex due to people abusing them. But the answer is to change the government's hardnosed opposition to what it sees as "drugs of abuse" and to allow the parents, family, and friends to be there for any addicts that come from those families. if the fiends have no friends, they can go to church or the atheist equivalent.

coyo
coyo

@saveus It's not easy to read this, but let's see.... You're right of course. It is not the place of government to tell you what you can and cannot consume. victim-less crimes such as sumptuary laws should not exist. Entheogens such as LSD are the "easy way" to get in touch with the Holy Spirit, or God within. There are other methods, but I dont see why responsible recreational drug use in the privacy of your own home should be illegal. First of all, it is not the government's place to tell me what I can and cannot do in the privacy of my own home. Second of all, it is not the government's place to be my mother or father. Third of all, if I want to destroy myself with something stupid like herion, which produces nothing but a cheap "body high," that is my God-given choice, my free agency. it is not the place for the laws of men to take that away from me.

coyo
coyo

@saveus Selling illegal drugs is a cheap cash cow, and many people are willing to risk prison to make thousands of dollars a day. You are, of course, right about the government working for the people. All governments should fear their employers, the people. Ron Paul seems to have his stuff together better than Obama did. That says a lot coming from me.

Logic_WINS
Logic_WINS

I know we can to my friend. We need to help each other and stop expecting the Gov't to do something about it. We have seen what they do, bust your door down, knock ya in the head a few time take you to jail, you then spend thousands of $ defending yourself and end up with a criminal record. None of this is conducive to a productive lifestyle. Just because someone does drugs does not eliminate them from being a productive citizen. Some of the most innovative and inventive people I have ever met are drug users. IF they didn't have to spend all of their time hiding from the Gov't just think of the ways they could help society. Many many many influential people from our history have struggled with drugs and addiction and still proved to successful. Throwing them in jail ruins that opportunity.

Barton
Barton

@Dallas I think we're ready for zombies, plenty of movies have come out to prepare us. Just remember to double-tap and all will be good.

Ruth1940
Ruth1940

They've been growing it since 1968 for research and provided for a few patients . http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05-18/justice/government.marijuana.garden_1_marijuana-drug-abuse-cameras?_s=PM:CRIME President Nixon made marijuana a schedule I drug against the advice of the commission he'd appointed to study it and against the AMA's recommendation. At the time, it was in the news that marijuana wasn't worse than alcohol, but the excuse was that authorities had no easy field test to determine whether someone was under the influence (such as with alcohol). Apparently someone can test positive well after the influence is gone.

guest662
guest662

I meant that they have given the specific picked patients joints at a time for research and testing. The link I posted explains a good bit about the research program .

mickey01
mickey01

@JKellyH Get real! The government, will never win that war as long as they can capitalize on it. They don't ever plan on it.

Harald
Harald

@coyo God made the Cannabis plant (which is one of the world's most remarkable plants in every way). I think he is a bit more "professional" than Pfizer when it comes to making things. I, for one, trust natural products before synthetic ones almost exclusively. As @Motov pointed out, pot helps him better than the man-made drugs, and there are countless similar examples to be found everywhere.

They might as well illegalize coffee!

Motov
Motov

@coyo Totally agreed, just like prohibition in the 1920's.

I am chemically dependent due to Parkinson's Disease. Pot helps me better than my meds. Government does NOT care, and would happily toss my butt in jail, even though I never committed a violent crime. Yet if government gets caught committing crimes they are rewarded with million$.

(Like that "Weiner" who couldn't keep his pants zipped)

WTF is wrong with this picture? Discrimination? oops I forgot this kind of talk can also land my ass in jail! Now,...all they have to do is say you are a terrorist and they can barge in, arrest you, and without due process throw ya in jail.

Welcome to the USSA! (United Socialist States of America) Comrade!

Impeach Obama now!!!!

Idealist92
Idealist92

I agree! All of the money being spent on busting drug posessers and users should be spent on better education and rehab centers. Give young people something to live for, and give addicts a way out. And not only would dealers not be able to compete with regulated production, but many would promote it, and seek out legitimate employment growing, selling, or researching for medical benefits or agricultural benefits.

coyo
coyo

@Logic_WINS I like you. Yes, many of my most creative and innovative friends use recreational drugs, as well. And if I were addicted to a drug such as cocaine or heroin, I would not go to the government for fear of being criminalized. I am a productive, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen, I do not deserve to be criminalized for my pursuit of happiness.

fckpaurlon
fckpaurlon

@Motov@coyo ok.. dude.... First, Bush, not Obama, passed the Patriot Act that allows them to say you are a terrorist and can "land your ass in jail," he is also the one who ILLEGALLY invaded another country. Secondly, Obama is a supporter of medical marijuana. Think twice, or do some research, before you speak. I support Ron Paul if Obama doesn't get re-elected. Either one works for me.

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