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As many critics and commentators - and not just on the left - have noted, repeatedly, the so-called "War on Drugs" is one of the single most ineffectual, expensive, dangerous, dumb-ass activities our government engages in, especially the part focused on marijuana. Let's hear that radical socialist William R Buckley on the subject in 2004, in what he calls an "exercise in scrupulosity": "There are approximately 700,000 marijuana-related arrests made very year. Most of these - 87 percent- involve nothing more than mere possession of small amounts of marijuana . . . Professor Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance . . . estimates at 100,000 the number of Americans currently behind bars for one or another marijuana offense." Buckley's conclusion? Legalize it. Glenn Beck has jumped on the bandwagon. So has Ron Paul, who called the war on drugs "a total disaster."
Antidote to Drug War Madness Susan J Douglas In These Times; Jun 2009; 33, 6; Docstoc pg. 8 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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