If there is any war I disapprove of entirely, it is the War on Drugs, and in this post I am going to explain why. I am absolutely not a druggy myself, and I am not even a stoner. I am an intellectual-minded gamer nerd who wishes to keep himself away from drugs, even soft drugs like marijuana. And yet I still oppose the Drug War!
Firstly, the drug war is based almost entirely on emotional superstitions, and has almost no connection to science. I say this because, for example, politicians in both parties will readily make up any random fear about drugs and will make policies that allow needless agencies that should be abolished, like the DEA, to get away with all property crimes and most violent crimes. Here’s an example – ever hear the claim that marijuana leads to violent crime? I have heard it and rejected it every time because current scientists have gathered evidence against this claim.
Secondly, it is an utter waste of tax dollars. Even with the necessary and proper Federal revenue source of National Sales tax replacing national income tax, it would still be a waste of about $500 per second on average. I am not lying, the Drug War costs federal revenue $500 per second, which in annual payment is about $15,250,000,000; more than that.
Thirdly, it militarizes our police and this is bad because it confuses our police with military personnel. And the drawbacks observed for this pointer only get worse form there. See, it motivates our police to abuse their constitutional duties and powers, one police person violated the 14th Amendment by using the violent crime of extortion to try to get an autistic person who was clearly not into drugs to sell drugs to the police person. It also motivates police to commit the following real crimes: extortion, vandalism, [sometimes] murder, assault, breach of property, and theft.
Lastly, and this is my biggest problem, the War on Drugs trains police to read up on the Constitution and consistently violate every Amendment in it’s Bill of Rights. There are those who violate the First Amendment by forcing scientists to “unearth” Pro-Drug War policy ideas, when real science contradicts support for the Drug War. Fourth Amendment Violations by the Drug War include DEA raids without warrant, No-knock searches, and destruction of non-government property. Eighth Amendment violations by the Drug War are all in courts and/or prisons, from “Mandatory Minimum Sentences”, which were criminalized 239 years ago by the 8th amendment; to prisoner abuse being inflicted on Non-violent drug offenders, also a crime for 239 years by now.
I say we legalize cannabis and apply a one-quarter (25%) national sales tax to it, such a higher national sales tax than on other items (one-fifth aka 20% being what I think is fit for national sales tax for most offline purchases). Coupled with legalization, this special NST would bring in new revenues for our GDP and for our Fed to spend on morphing the deficit into a surplus, punishing foreign genocides, expanding scientific progress budgets, improving infrastructure, ballooning teacher salaries, and/or creating on-the-job training programs.
To conclude, I am going to say the Drug War is a waste of time, and canceling it will give us an infinitely lower incarceration rate than we currently have. Thank you,