My White Paper – Evan Horner

Topic Background: The War on Drug is making more problems in America than helping solve the enormous drug problem. The United States today is trillions of dollars in debt, with a substantial amount of the country living blow the poverty line with no jobs. Our country is over run with drugs and drug addicts, and illegal dealing of these drugs leads to violence. Yet we remain to throw money into this “war” on drugs that has not shown enough reward for all its efforts except for more drugs and people using them than ever before, and prisons overflowing with non-violent drug users who have a serious problem and need to be in treatment centers instead of drug/violence infested penitentiaries. This country would be better off without the war on drugs.

The War on Drugs Has Failed:”Just as prohibition of alcohol failed in the U.S. in the 1920s, the war on drugs has failed globally. Over the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion has been spent fighting this battle, and all we have to show for it is increased drug use, overflowing jails, billions of pounds and dollars of taxpayers’ money wasted, and thriving crime syndicates. It is time for a new approach.”

Race’s Factor In The War on Drugs: “The drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes across racial groups, manifested through racial discrimination by law enforcement and disproportionate drug war misery suffered by communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for drug law violations than are whites.”

Essentially Harmless Drug Possession Fueling Drug War:“Today, as in past years, the so-called ‘drug war’ remains fueled by the arrests of minor marijuana possession offenders, a disproportionate percentage of whom are ethnic minorities,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a prepared statement. “It makes no sense to continue to waste law enforcements’ time and taxpayers’ dollars to arrest and prosecute Americans for their use of a substance that poses far fewer health risks than alcohol or tobacco.”

Drug Addicts Deserve Different Treatment:”If we want to solve our nation’s drug problems, we need to focus less on obtaining convictions and more on preventing addictions. We should be treating people with addictions, not handcuffing them.”

Counterintuitive Note: Most people believe that the war on drugs is a necessary thing in this country. Helping to stop an enormous problem in America, Drugs by supplying drug enforcement agencies with all kinds of state of the art equipment and man power because they are putting the manufactures and dealers of these drugs in prison to get the eventual eradication of drugs and no one will be able to use these controlled substances. My paper will be on how the war on drugs is essentially a war that can’t be won, and it’s using a lot of money and resources in the process. Also how there are other better ways to fix the Drug Problem in America.

Current State Of My Research Paper: My Paper is coming along I have found an array of qualitative and quantitative sources. I’m planning on talking about how much money is being used by the War on drugs and how if the War was stopped there could not only be the money saved from not having the war on drugs but also revenue from the eventual legalization and regulation of the safer drugs (ex:marijuana). I will discuss that War on Drugs causes minor users and drug addicts to be put in prisons where there is not even enough room for the violent offenders, and how these people abusing drugs do not belong in an unsafe drug and violence infested jail they need to seek treatment.

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