Marijuana is Safe; The Drug War is Deadly

By M.D. Frye

Drug abuse is bad. The drug war is exponentially worse.

Our grossly failed drug war is much more dangerous and deadly than the drugs. It kills far more people, including kids and teens, and we now have 25,000 drug gangs in the U.S. Their death rate is five times higher than Texas’ death row!

Furthermore, “You can get over an addiction, but you can never get over a conviction.” This is the slogan of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of 15,000 current and retired police, sheriffs, DEA agents and other
law enforcement people who realize that the drug war kills more people and destroys more lives by far than drugs.

Aren’t we tired of the same old government lies that marijuana is addictive when it’s absolutely not addictive? It is overwhelmingly the safest recreational, over-the-counter or prescription drug in history. There’s never been a single documented death from marijuana alone, but we lose 2,000 college students yearly from alcohol because we won’t let them party with pot.

And then there’s the other famous government lie, that marijuana is a “gateway” to other addictive drugs. Three independent studies by the British government, the World Health Organization of the U.N. and the prestigious Institute of Medicine in the US have all proven and agreed that weed is not a gateway. What is the gateway is the dealer who wants to get his customers addicted to something stronger so he can sell to them daily instead of weekly or monthly.

The drug war kills ten to fourteen thousand teens and adults in the U.S. annually, but it’s always a few each week in NYC, Baltimore or Detroit, and it’s overwhelmingly minorities, so it’s on page 8 or page 14 in the paper and very few pay attention. At least four thousand black teens and young adults are killed annually, and no one pays attention. Trayvon Martin gets full media attention for weeks, and perhaps he should, but isn’t it time to count EVERY African-American death? Not only that but our drug war has killed 50,000 Mexicans in the last five years, and that country is on the verge of being a failed state.

Our calamitous drug policy is a complete and total failure in every conceivable way. It needs to be changed now. The only way to end it is to tax and control all drugs as the Netherlands have done with huge success for 37 years and Portugal with surprising success for nine years.

5 Responses to "Marijuana is Safe; The Drug War is Deadly"

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  2. Malcolm Kyle   May 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high – no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  3. Jose   May 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Send lawyers, drugs, and money!

  4. Kirk Muse   May 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The so-called war on drugs is a huge industry and huge bureaucracy. Victory in the drug war is not possible, nor is it the goal. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug war industry and bureaucracy are out of business.

    There are basically two types of people who support the so-called war on drugs: The first are those who make their livelihood from it. This includes politicians and bureaucrats who are probably on the payroll of the drug cartels. (Al Capone had hundreds of politicians and prohibition officials on his payroll.) The second are suckers. These include:

    Suckers- taxpayers who have bought into the lies and propaganda of the drug-war industry and bureaucracy.

    Suckers- those who are willing to deny liberty and freedom to others but think that their own liberty and freedom will never be in jeopardy.

    Suckers- those who believe that criminalizing a substance will make it go away and those who think that drug prohibition somehow protects children.

    Suckers- those who think that giving criminals control of dangerous drugs somehow protects children and our society.

    Suckers- those who think that they live in a free country even though the United States is the most incarcerated nation in the history of civilization.

  5. Mike Parent   May 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it.(ZERO %).

    If they really cared for the children they’d legalize and regulate marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands of “The Children” they first must take control of distribution away from black market dealers. They haven’t accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of billions. It’s time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be money or “something else”.
    Prohibitionists, your path to hell may be paved with good intentions, but hell is the final destination, none the less.

    LEAP member, NYPD, ret.


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