I know you generally (and publicly tragically) don’t like to ‘star me up’ on the drug war issue, and I honestly would love to know whether or not the reasoning behind your conclusion is based upon my specific (and sometimes unfortunately unique) position on the issue, or the issue itself, so feel free to leave a comment.
However, my passion on this gross mass injustice compels me to practice my writing skills along this pressing front.
Your support is needed to find a positive way to end the mass atrocity system that demonstrably is Certain Drug Prohibition.
In my last post, I copied an excellent article about the disgusting arrest rate merely for drug possession. The following article also reflects the corresponding study, but I need to weigh in more here due to aforementioned passion (generated via genuine community care).
One out of every nine arrests in the United States is for drug possession, making it the most common arrest offense, according to the report.
California, Maryland, Nebraska and Oregon had the highest rates, with illicit drug possession arrests accounting for one in seven arrests, while it represented one in every 20 arrests in states such as Colorado, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Vermont and Alaska, according to the report.
Drug use rates, however, remained fairly consistent across the United States, the report found, citing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ substance abuse data.
In 2015, there were 1.25 million drug possession arrests and upward of 574,000 of those were for marijuana possession, according to the report, citing Federal Bureau of Investigation data.
“By comparison, there were 505,681 arrests for violent crimes (which the FBI defines as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault),” according to the report. “This means that police made more arrests for simple marijuana possession than for all violent crimes combined.”
Certain Drug Prohibition (if you will) is ironically the real drug epidemic.
The following four-item list is fit for ‘certain drug’ prohibitionists’ resumes:
Generating terribly destructive public confusion by selfishly and recklessly swapping use and abuse to prohibitionists’ demonizing convenience, while abuse (at least based upon science, empirical evidence, statistics, and common sense) overwhelmingly forms the minority of drug instances — much less than 1% of at least our national population, so not the society-destroying and metaphorical virus proclaimed to exist by ‘certain drug’ prohibitionists.
Absurdly applying the Commerce Clause (i.e. “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”) to allow Congress to ban (not regulate) activities surrounding certain drug use (e.g. holding a certain plant in your hand) in the “land of the free”.
Wasting many billions of precious taxpayer dollars annually to remain unable to even create a drug-free prison system — nonetheless provide even one shred of concrete evidence proving we live in a slightly more drug-free America as a result of that monstrous waste spanning several decades and still largely counting.
Demonstrably ruining many millions of non-violent (and non-rights-infringing) lives to varying degrees (including horrific and even deadly ones).
The mainstream media is largely to blame for this flagrant law abuse, because they (inclusively journalistically) unethically refuse to “bite” the informational “hand” (i.e. government) that supplies them all that “newsworthy” information about the superficially impressive looking tragic events inundating our news feeds, and consequently ethically challenge the legitimacy of Certain Drug Prohibition.
If that mainstream media corruption is publicly exposed (so coercively remedied via public interest), then expect Certain Drug Prohibition to fall like the Berlin Wall.
Of course, that public exposure is challenging to achieve, because mainstream channels are usually required for that kind of public reach (a serious, perhaps even nationally destabilizing beyond the drug war issue, and undisclosed conflict of interest). In this case, thank goodness for the internet and all of the hard work conducted by many people to undermine mainstream media corruption.
Drug abuse is obviously worth addressing, but it is clearly sensibly a health (not criminal) issue.
The drug war scam (rampant and hypocritical law abuse) must finally be publicly exposed as the longstanding atrocity system it demonstrably has always been “to protect the children”, so we can actually protect the children and everyone else.
Ending that scam is not only good for the public, but also for LEOs (law enforcement officers) too-often facing an identity crisis in terms of questionably being able to serve and protect the public — as opposed to excessively serving and protecting their wallets and themselves overall.
I firmly believe in a logical (so fair, so just) rule-of-law, and wholeheartedly support our judicial community in pressing for that logical (not dominatingly subjective) definition of harm that is inevitably necessary to most concretely implement our fundamental and unalienable rights.
We all need to step up (including star up) to show our support for the many fine members of law enforcement and our judicial community overall — to ultimately show our support towards improving public safety to improve all of our lives.
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