Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, one of my favorite organizations, writes about a new FBI report that shows just how badly the war on
justice drugs has failed.
A new FBI report released today shows that there is a drug arrest every 19 seconds in the U.S. A group of police and judges who have been campaigning to legalize and regulate drugs pointed to the figures showing more than 1.6 million drug arrests in 2010 as evidence that the “war on drugs” is a failure that can never be won.
And this has done pretty much nothing to make drugs less available to those who want them. It’s enriched a lot of drug dealers, though, and forced them to be violent in order to protect their turf. You don’t see Seagrams and Budweiser having gang wars over their territory because it isn’t necessary. You did see it when we tried to ban alcohol though and that should be a lesson to us. It’s also led to massive corruption in our law enforcement agencies and more violations of the 4th amendment than we could possibly count.
“Since the declaration of the ‘war on drugs’ 40 years ago we’ve arrested tens of millions of people in an effort to reduce drug use. The fact that cops had to spend time arresting another 1.6 million of our fellow citizens last year shows that it simply hasn’t worked. In the current economy we simply cannot afford to keep arresting three people every minute in the failed ‘war on drugs,’” said Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop who now heads the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “If we legalized and taxed drugs, we could not only create new revenue in addition to the money we’d save from ending the cruel policy of arresting users, but we’d make society safer by bankrupting the cartels and gangs who control the currently illegal marketplace.”
LEAP is a group of former police officers, judges and prosecutors who know better than anyone that the war on drugs is an abject failure.