Marijuana drug war kills thousands more than drugs

By Stephen Frye

The drug war kills thousands more people than drugs ever kill. Our 25,000 gangs now kill more than 10,000 Americans yearly, and our drug war also causes about 10,000 Mexican murders yearly. Thousands more drug war deaths occur in prison where one third of prisoners are dead by age 45. Marijuana is the safest recreational, over-the-counter or prescription drug in history. You absolutely cannot die from it, but gangs, prison, the DEA or cops can kill you as they did a guy in Las Vegas last year.

Our teenage murder rate is 19 times higher than in the Netherlands where drugs have been taxed and controlled for 37 years. Nineteen times more drug war deaths and many are just teernagers! These are predominantly minority murders or this horrendous war would have been over decades ago.

Our drug overdose rate is 20 to 40 times higher than the Netherlands depending on which American city is compared. The reason for this is that in Holland they are buying drugs that are pure, sterile, and in known milligrams, not bathtub street drugs. In addition, if someone does crash, they are not afraid to call 911 as they know they will not be arrested for being around drugs. Result? Still more unnecessary American deaths.

Al Qaeda and the Taliban now control the drug trade in Afghanistan, so we are now funding the terrorists and all the murders they cause. On 9/11, their budget was $31 million and now it’s $500 million yearly, thanks to our drug war.

The highest illicit drug use rates in the world all these murders and deaths cost us $100 billion annually! This could easily be saved by ending the drug war. Then we could tax and control drugs, generate billions more in tax revenue annually and create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs instead of funding the cartels and terrorists.

As more than half of all drug arrests and convictions are for simple marijuana possession; our drug war is really just a war on marijuana.

10 Responses to "Marijuana drug war kills thousands more than drugs"

  1. KatzInTexas   June 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Lets face a little reality for a minute here. A large number of prisons in the US have become privately or corp owned. Judges, commissioners, & police are all in on the big money game. The more in prison, the more money they get. Pot use is a “non violent crime” so the PTB’s would much rather have a bunch of pot people than killers. I recently read somewhere that in many cases, the pot related imprisoned population is like 70%+. The prison sentences for simple possession are REDICULOUS! Also those 70% are under 30. So we’ve become a society that is completely built on arresting and imprisoning a huge resorce. The gov keeps badgering “no child left behind, but how many small children are growing up in single parent homes, grandparents homes or foster homes because mom or dad got busted with a little pot?
    Let us please remember that the primary reason pot is illegal to begin with id because a really rich guy with gov concections was worried that his paper company would have competition from hemp.
    The gov needs to wake up from their alcahol induced haze and look at the amount of money (a) it would save by NOT locking people up for simple possession and (b) it would generate in taxes and (c) would put people to work.
    Or hey … Just for fun, compare the number of alcahol related deaths to deaths directly related to pot use.
    Btw, im a long term user, thst holds down a job, is educated, raised a highly intelligent child. I talked openly with my child about anything. I told her that once she is an adult, such decisions are hers to make. But its still illegal and therefor its a big no. AsI said, she’s very intelligent. She, of course goes to school with kids that smoke and drink, but she chooses to be above them and get thst prized education. She doesn’t look down on me formy personal choices and she knows that she can talk to me about anything.

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  2. JustinHale   May 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The violence is caused by the prohibition,allow anyone 18 years or older to grow their own,problem solved.

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  3. Doll   May 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    “Just say no,” (to taking illegal drugs) may sound simpletonish, but following that advice sure would help end the messes wrought by using them. Users are the foundation the drug cartels depend on.

    Though I’m for legalizing marijuana for medical usage, for general use it would not stop the cartels from finding illegal ways to get as much money out of it as possible, not to mention the hard drugs)

    There would just be more people running around,
    & driving around, with screwed up thinking. Users only THINK their minds are clear. Btw, why smoke it and suck all that smoke into your lungs…

    And it’s highly possible that many deaths caused by illegal drugs are mistakenly diagnosed as due to heart attacks, & so on…which throws off figuring the full number of deaths these illegal drugs actually bring about.

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    • Duncan20903   May 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Doll, it seems to not even strike you that such simple minded “reasoning” has been a decades long failure.

      It’s beyond absurd to think that the “cartels” would have anything to do with a legal market. When was the last time you aware of a gang of bootleggers murdering and raping their rivals? It still happens in the places where the idiocy of the absolute prohibition of drinking alcohol is the law.
      http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/bootleggers-accused-of-raping-and-burying-alive-rival-gang

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      • Doll   May 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Shees, relax, Duncun. 🙂

        Capone turned to legally selling booze & filled his coffers with even more money after prohibition was dropped.

        Don’t be naive to think each cartel won’t still kill, etc. to make sure they get the largest chunk of drug selling money in the market.

        If you buy/use, sell marijuana, like it or not, agree with it or not, you’re committing a crime. Of course there are lots of arrests–lots of FOOLISH people use. Why not find a healthy, (and legal) recreation. Save a life–possibly your own. And stay out of the heartbreak hotel.

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        • JustinHale   May 30, 2012 at 12:53 am

          Growers do not buy cartel weed,allow any adult who cares to,like a couple of our past presidents,to grow their own,problem solved. People who prefer the safer alternative to tobacco and alcohol will have a ready supply,drug cartels will lose a major source of their income ,people like Doll are free to abstain.Consensual crimes are anathema in a “free society”.

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    • RevAsianWill   May 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      well if cannabis became legal for all adults the cartels and street lvl drug dealers would have a really hard time making money off of cannabis……mainly because making cannabis legal will drop the price …..Francis L. Young. Title: Former Chief Administrative Law Judge at the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)….talked about how it should be legal and how prices would lower so much that the black market would not be able to make the huge sums they do make now of days ………farmers in mexico sell it for like 22 bucks a kilo ….in the states it sells for 10-30 dollars a gram depending on strain ……its the black market from prohibition that makes the price so high……cannabis is a cheaply grown plant if it was not for the risk of going to prison the price would stay low……so it would put a huge dent in cartels and local street gangs

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  4. Malcolm Kyle   May 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    What makes your clock tick?

    http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock

    * In 2010, 52.1% of the 1,638,846 total arrests for prohibition violations were for marijuana — making a calculated total of 853,839.

    * Of those, an estimated 750,591 people (45.8%) were arrested for marijuana possession alone.

    * By contrast, in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana “violations”, of which 646,042 (40.9%) were for possession alone.

    * From 1996-2010, there were 10.1 million arrests for marijuana possession and 1.4 million arrests for the sales and distribution of marijuana, equaling a total of 11.5 million marijuana arrests during that fifteen year time frame.

    http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#Total

    * Marijuana “violation” arrests were 39.9% of total prohibition arrests in 1995 increasing to 52.1% of such arrests in 2010.

    * During this same period, arrests for marijuana sales and distribution fluctuated between 5-6% of total prohibition arrests, while those for simple possession increased from 34.1% in 1995 to 45.8% in 2010.

    * Arrests for marijuana possession have risen from about a third to about a half of all prohibition violation arrests over the fifteen year 1995-2010 period.

    http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#Share

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  5. Silvergunsuperman   May 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Spot on!
    100% true reporting!
    Enough said!
    Omen Ra,
    Silvergunsuperman…

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