Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
My hat is off to see that A.M. Costa Rica is bold enough to go out on a limb in support against the “war” on drugs. Many of us liberals (not necessarily Democrats) and libertarians have seen the writing on the wall for many years.
Anytime we have a “war” on anything it is really about making money by large corporations. The “war” on drugs is just that. It makes billions of dollars a year on weapons, ammo, private facility incarceration, drug testing and private companies connected to the governments. Since the beginning of the “war” on drugs, in 1971, by Richard Nixon and the formation of the DEA, the drug problem has increased significantly. The war on drugs has cost over $1 trillion dollars.
The Cato Institute reports that legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. The report also estimates that drug legalization would yield tax revenue of $46.7 billion annually.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy reported that between 1998 and 2008, global use of opiates increased 34.5 percent, cocaine 27 percent, and cannabis 8.5 percent.
President Carter said when he left the presidential office in 1980, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America. At the end of 2009, the number jumped to 2.3 million. If the number of people on probation and parole are included, the figure totals 7.2 million people, or more than 3 percent of all U.S. adults. Over 80 percent were incarcerated for possession only. In 2011, 50.8 percent of federal inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses.
The wasted taxpayer dollars could be spent on helping our youth to stay off of drugs and more rather then locking them up.
Cheers again to A.M. Costa Rica for taking a bold stance on the subject.