War on Drugs

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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  • cosmos69

    I voted Obama and was sure to do so again proudly in 2012. Until I read he is coming to shut down dope in California. I am not a drug user. However, the war on drugs causes way more misery on human life than the drugs could ever do. The worst drugs do is kill the doper and make mom and dad feel bad. The drug war kills droves of innocent bystanders here and abroad over lucrative sales turf. It is the most expensive babysitting program on the planet. It is unconstitutional because “the punishment does not fit the crime” and it can be argued that it put’s boundaries on “The pursuit of happiness!” over a trillion spent on policing and untold trillions locked away as 100 dollar bills bundled in guarded safe houses in South America. How much does it have to do with the economic condition we face? Convicted felons have a hard time landing a job once released and are effectively branded socially forever. Alcohol is one of the hardest drugs around, yet, it’s accepted. Mr Paul, Obama is a turncoat! How can I trust you? Give me a reason to trust that you will side with LEAP “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” and you will get my vote!



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  • KaemiKirkpatrick

    Why is marijuana a unspoken of topic with politics? This substance does something that America needs… peace of mind. Stress is the number one trigger for behavioral issues!!! I would say America really needs to address their stress. Tobacco and alcohol kill people, when has weed ever done that?

  • jjooonnn

    pretty sure i’m voting for ron paul because of this. fuck the feds.

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  • Whisker Leefa

    Come on it’s just weed. I mean when was the last time you heard a man got high and went home to beat his wife and kids? If any drugs should be criminalized they should be alcohol and tobacco. With alcohol come car accidents, domestic violence, and a whole lot of health problems. And tobacco of course causes cancer. Overdosing on weed is impossible, and about the worst thing you can do when you are high is eat all your groceries and eat everything in the pantry. The prohibition of marijuana is much like the prohibition that took place here in america during the 1920s, which didn’t solve any problems, and only created more. And as for the rest of the drugs, yes they are bad. But people will always find a way to get them. The war on drugs is futile, it will never be won. the best thing you could do is to keep your kids away from them.

    • sean.sewill09

      Actually there is very important difference between the 1920’s prohibition of alcohol and the current prohibition of all controlled substances we see today. That difference is, in the 1920’s an amendment was made to the Constitution, thus making it legal to prohibit alcohol. As you know that Amendment was repealed and there is no longer a legal precedence for alcohols prohibition. Without another Amendment to the Constitution prohibition of anything by the federal government is illegal! Failure to understand the importance of the Constitution and the purpose it serves is the sole reason “We The People” have let the federal government become what it is today.

      I do completely agree any form of prohibition is a futile effort.

  • regisjbeakensr

    Shivors,god has a big part in the majority lives. especially in bad times . you can believe in whatever but they are finding more proof all the time. and if your looking for a president that says there is no god you’ll be looking a long time.

  • regisjbeakensr

    ron paul didn’t say that i did. when you have a chance for 3 trillion against the debt you take it. parents are using more kids.

  • Blind3Side

    Decriminalize marijuana. Thank you Ron Paul for being a true american. God Bless

  • shivors

    I would be apt to get behind Ron Paul if it wast for the all the God talk. Such a smart man to expose on fair tales and magic. For someone to indicate that God has a role in government makes them unfit to lead.

    • w1945

      Son I can assure you that god is not fairy tales and magic. I really hope he lets you live long enough to wake up. @shivors

    • w1945

      Son I can assure you that god is not fairy tales and magic. I really hope he lets you live long enough to wake up. @shivors

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