The Billions of dollars in cost to Americans in a no win war, a war itself raged on Americans.
The parallels between the failed Booze Wars (prohibition of the 20's and 30's) to the failed Drug Wars today is nearly identical in the fact that a war was raged against Americans for a non-violent offense of getting high does not work and is doomed to creating more problems and failure.
Both wars drove products (Alcohol & Drugs) underground driving street prices up 10 fold or more and made them so costly addicts could only steal to support their habits.
Both wars have created gangs, cartels and evil men from the Al Capones to the Pablo Escobars of the world.
Americans were smart enough to end the Booze Wars and legalize alcohol and I think we are on the dawn of realizing we need to take the same path with drugs. If people want to use them and possibly ruin their lives, let them. This is the land of freedom and freedom also means the right to do something stupid to yourself if you wish.
What's really ironic is that we had a speaker of the house and a senator that were known alcoholics attending senate and house meeting sloshed, making laws! Meanwhile at the same time some person somewhere in the US was spending a night in jail for smoking a joint. Not only spending a night in jail, they will probably lose their job, cost thousands in defense, get a record and cause much grief within their family. Make sense?
-Our drug laws only create more havoc and grief in families.
-Our drug laws create criminals and vicious evil men.
-Our drug Laws cost us billions of dollars and fill our justice system with mostly non violent Americans
-Our current drug laws do nothing to stop drug use and do more to promote it and promote the growth of violence.
-Our drug laws have turned our police into military units armed to the teeth.
Wake up America. Our drug laws are a farce.
A costly farce in money and most importantly lives. Legalize and we will remove the money, gangs and most of the violence. We will also free up our police to catch thieves, rapist and murderers which will truly make us safer instead of busting someone ingesting poison on their own free will.
The fact is the only way a war like this could ever be won is at home. Teach your children the dangers of drugs as this is the only prevention one has, talking with your kids and loving them, loved people generally don't need drugs our alcohol to make them feel better.
Then - tell politicians you want to see this destructive, endless, worthless war on Americans end.
Also, I think the right is starting to understand the folly of the drug war, watch this...
The "War on Drugs" has been an utter failure...all we've done is fill our prisons with drug users and dealers. It's been estimated that over 70% of those who are in prison have been convicted of drug related offenses...either possession, dealing/trafficing or those who committed crimes in order to finance a drug habit. The time has come to end this sillyness and get some sanity...legalize most of the, treat them like alcohol, and tax the shit out of them...some, like opiates/heroins must remain on the proscribed lists, but other should be decriminalized/legalized and (for once) regulated along the lines of alcohol laws.