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    Drug war going on for 3 or 4 decades now, ten times the number of drug offenders and money spent on enforcement and incarceration. A trillion dollars down the rat-hole so far.
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    Maybe ten times the arrested offenders, but stats show that drug use has not increased or decreased at all since the start of this effort.
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    If we just took the money being wasted on the war on drugs and the money wasted trying to police the world be could probably reduce poverty in this country to a point where it was a rarity. We could eliminate the national debt within a decade or so and probably have enough money left over to find a cure for cancer. Too bad it's just a pipe dream.
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    @PNWest Well, for a real world example, look at Portugal, which quit their war on drugs and put alot of that money to treatment for drug abusers, insteadof incarcerating drug abusers.(Some people will always use drugs in excess...).

    Their costs on this issue went down, as did drug abuse. Win/win...
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    @woodtick57 Sound like a good plan to me. Maybe we'll get there some day. Liberals and Libertarians have been in favor of legalization for ages. Slowly the conservatives are coming around. Maybe someday.....
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    I agree, addiction statistic throughout time and across the world have been and will always be a small percentage of the overall population with small variances up and down, but it basically remains constant and will always be a part of our societies an cultures, it is how we approach the situation that matters, the so-called "drug war" is totally political and a huge failure and waste of money, filling the pockets of the greedy, with no conscious on those who are suffering and need help, not prisons and being ostracized from society...
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    Our so-called "war on drugs" has clearly NOT worked...But Hillary is most likely going to run for president in 2016. And I'm sure that she just doesn't want to start "rocking the boat" this early in the game....
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    Seems likely. She can't be so foolish as to think the "war on drugs" is working in any way, so it has to be political positioning.
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    @Zazziness
    I don't know, she is a bright woman, but she was silly enough to believe him on monica :)...i agree positioning in case she runs...
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    They're not dealing with real war on drugs. RX drugs!
    MJ is a joke and only idiots take the hard stuff when a better legal buzz awaits you in the medicine cabinet
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    The boat has already been rocked... she can please those ever-aging and quicly depleting population of Anslinger fans, or she can run for POTUS to serve today's voters who are sick of the violence and oppression of the drug war.

    There is a very strong consensus that prohibition laws are the most costly and damaging policies in this country... And those people are not afraid to speak up about it anymore.

    In alcohol prohibition days, a photo in a newspaper showed man standing on the sidewalk with a sign on his chest that read: "I WANT A BEER" The 21st century version of that is happening... and it's rocking the boat, but only for the old coots out there who trusted Hearst and the government propaganda machine, and refuse to look at the evidence of the law's failure... and the casualties of the increasingly violent war against millions of our own citizens ... all because they chose to get high off of something else besides alcohol.
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    @DogLady_1 the drug war is so passé Any teenager can score with an hours notice.( where else would I be able to get my "medical MJ)" the teenagers today, tomorrows voters, much prefer to pop readily available legal drugs
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    Drug war only really refers to MJ, Coke, Meth & Heroin. In reality, we're a nation of prescription drug addicts capable of functioning at varing degrees. Starting with hooking kids on speed with Adderall &Ritalin then mellowing them with Xanax, Valium etc. Mom's hooked on her anti depressant and dad takes opiates for his aches Oxy Cotin Percoset etc. We're not even in touch with the real drug war.
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    Thank goodness Florida has really come down on prescription drug abuse, "pill mills" and the doctors who run them. There are certainly more deaths from prescription meds than from illegal drugs. "More than 5 million Americans aged 12 and older took prescription pain-relievers for nonmedical reasons each year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration."
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    @ACTSmom They're so stupid here in Fl. I had eye surgery. I go to CVS where i always go. I have a pain killer Rx for all of 16 tablets. The prescription is written on Rx pad from a major ophthalmic eye hospital and i have a bandage on my eye. The CVS store who had filled 6 different pre op eye drops tells me they don't carry the med. Very loudly i say, fine give me copies of all my Rx's and my all wife's Rx's & I'll go where the pharmacist has a brain. The manager came over and they filled the Rx
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    @martydotcom ...Oh they suddenly found some, huh? CVS was in trouble a while back for filling those pill mill scripts...now it's turned them into idiots apparently.
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    And here you touch on the real powers-that-be behind keeping the War on Drugs going: pharmaceutical companies. The really do have the most to lose if cannabis is decriminalized.
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    I live in Kentucky. In the very small town I live in (less than 12, 000 people), we had what averaged out to be 1.4 overdoses PER WEEK last year on prescription pain pills. Most died. That is ridiculous. 65% of all adults aged 18 and over in the county are users/addicts. What pass for "high ranking officials" in this town are the ones behind the sale of these. So, nothing is done.
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    Not only is Bill the most moderate respected politic, but he has also handled the ugly women us other men just couldn't. Props to you Bill! You got my respect.
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    When Slick Willie lied "I did not have sex with that woman" I thought to myself, he's not lying to the nation. He's lying to Hilary. Would you admit to Hilary you had an affair? I'd lie all day long. But I do understand, looking at Hilary, why her husband would cheat. It's just a vicious cycle there and for all the trouble it cause him I always wondered why Willie didn't at least nail Hotties. Maybe he's just into repulsive women.
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    @jessejaymes "Would you admit to Hilary you had an affair?" .....

    I'd admit it to Hillary before I would even consider admitting to an affair to my wife. My sweet spouse would kill me in my sleep. Her brother nicknamed her when they were kids, "Bad Ass". And brother, you better believe she is one.

    When we were dating, we went to a Yankees/Orioles game at Memorial Stadium in B-more. Being Orioles fans we were safe in the crowd sitting in section 35 - Wild Bill's section. A kindly old couple who must have been from away were sitting in the same section. They had Yankee Caps on. They were not obnoxious. But they did root for those damn Yankees. Anyway, a couple a rows down and over some, this Oriole Fan who was obviously drunk began to bad mouth them. Loud obnoxious and filthy words came from this losers mouth. Even the jaded O fans sitting around were becoming uncomfortable. My future wife stands up and straightens all 5 foot of her 100 pound body and hollers, "Hey a##h*le. sit down and shut the F up." This guy musta been 10 feet tall and 250 pounds. I'm thinkin, "Oh great, looks like I am in for a fight." Don't get me wrong, back in the day, I used to love a good tussle, but I also loved a tussle it looked like I had a chance to win. And here this woman I really did not know yet was gettin in some drunk's face. I'm her date and well you know all that chivalry crap we are indoctrinated with rose up and I began to stand up. She turns to me and says, "You sit down. I got this." I think I fell in love that day.

    As it turned out, some of the Oriole fans around us all began to shout the guy down. Several guys who were not my wife's date stood up and began to move in this flounders direction. He was not so drunk, he didn't get the message. He sat down and shut up for the rest of the game.
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    All Democrats type programs outright "hasn't worked."
    All Democrats do is to push to bankrupt this country with their liberal socialism
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    Look, ole' Slick Willie ain't serious about a way on drugs, I got a feeling he sits back on the couch and twist up a fatty and watches re-runs of The Beverly Hilbillies every evening.
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    Yup, and he don't inhale :)_~~

    seriously, they did this act before. Before leaving office he pardoned Puerto Rico Independence group that bombed some buildings decades earlier. She made sure every paper knew she was against it, front page news nationally. After his term was over she ran for Senate. This is just about protecting her politically so she has an option to run...
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    its has worked exactly as planned!what better way to control a population?think of the profile the government can build on you putting you through the legal system.with this control they can track your movements,control your job prospects,great way to disarm the citizenry!lets not forget an excuse to use the emergency war powers act.the list is endless
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    The US fights both sides of the drug war. The "Northern Alliance" we sided with in Afghanistan was composed of heroin drug lords. The Taliban forbade the growing of opium on pain of death. Now US Marines patrol opium fields because the Taliban allegedly forces Afghans to grow opium in order to finance their war against the US.
    http://publicintelligence.net/us-afghan-patro...
    It seems much more likely that they are protecting the product of our Northern Alliance "friends". In the meantime, DEA and local law enforcement officers risk their lives in the US to interdict the damn stuff.
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    Neither. They are both hypocritical clowns. The only thing anyone could ever say nicely about them, is their inner hatred towards Barry.
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    Of coursse the drug "war" is a failure-the government imports the majority of the drugs then they hire the dealers, use them to move the product, and take care of teh prisons, and turn blind eyes to those who supposedly "break the law" so that they make a profit coming and going! You really think they want drugs off the streets? It is making them a fortune! It is US the ordinary people who pay the cost. Your tax dollars are hard at work alright-lining the pockets of elected officials from the bottom-all the way to the top! There is an agenda people. And we are the losers! It makes money on both ends-the government makes the original profit on the drugs-the banksters have privately owned prisons that the tax payers help support plus the government owned ones, then there's the eugenix benefits that these globalists are so keen on-the science of DEATH! People need to wake up-this "war" on drugs and the "war" on terror-truly are wars-ON YOU! Wake up wake up before it is eternally too late-if 10 to 20 percent more wake up-we might pull America's fat out of the fire! If not we are definitely DOOME to go the way of Russia, Germany, China, and all those other nations that caved under the pretty poison of socialism. MILLIONS DEAD in Russia alone-go find a copy of the "Black Book of Communism"-9 figure death toll from this one collapsed government....
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    That's why the husband was POTUS and not the wife....too bad he didn't figure that out during the 90's when he was in office...
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    Prohibition of drugs transforms the state into a drug dealer. At some point it is time to realize that legal drugs becomes more dangerous than the illegal one under prohibition. Prohibition offers the market to the criminals, which will target the kids in a non controllable way. Eventually prohibition corrupts everything, including education and logic. 99% of the drug problem comes from prohibition. It is an economical, ecological, ethical, political nonsense, which aggravates considerably what it was supposed to cured. Legalize all drugs and tax them proportionally to genuine statistical problems. Only this will help people to get relevant information on the products.
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    First, many people seem to think Reagan started the war on drugs as some think he won the cold war and of course both are false. Nixon started this failed war on drugs in 1971. Drugs have been used by humans always and always will. See article Moses on drugs.

    The one policy that has worked was legalizing, taxation reward system. See Portugal plan on how to reduce addiction, crime, lower costs for users while raising funds 4 health care and paying down deficit. Legalize drugs now. Civil Liberties like Ron Paul said means people can consume anything the want.
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    How could it possibly be working at all?? Just alone in my personal life and local surroundings I know MORE drug addicts now than I EVER did just ten years ago! You can not stop losers! They are born that way! Lmfao!!
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    The CSA was created by Nixon, a crook by his own admission. Time has passed, we've all found the some people use/like marijuana over painkillers or like it better than alcohol. So this "war on drugs" just winds-up hurting poor farmers in South America or Mexico who was forced to grow Coca for a cartel or to boost profits (bananas aren't too expensive.) We need to conserve that money, legalize marijuana, tax it, decriminalize minor possession of harder drugs, and get 40% of non-violent drug offenders out of prison...this war is one reason our taxes are going up!
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    But there's a financial quagmire: what to do with DEA, technologies that "fight drug offenders" or find drugs at the border, and the basic Wall Street influence in keeping people in prison...it's becoming Gideon's knot...too complicated to undo...at least they legalized freedom in some normal States...the others are just afraid to "just say no" to Fed intimidation...their reps and Senators need a backbone...
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