A trillion dollars poorer, and a stack of bodies. Prohibition does not work. We should have learned that the first time we tried it.
The government's bid to have ownership over what you put in to your body is a total failure. After 40 years of "fighting" the war on drugs, the Government has managed to spend over $1,000,000,000,000 and kill over 1000 people. Not one of the goals set forth by Ricard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, OR our current President has been met. We have more drug addiction now then at any time in our history. We have more drug related crime now than at any time in our history. We have not interdicted any thing. Drugs are easy to obtain, and are inexpensive.
It is time we end this idiotic "war." It is time the Government realizes what the founders set forth is ultimately true. The answer to the question "Who owns me?" will continue to be answered "I OWN ME." What part of "Secure in my papers, property, and person" does Washington NOT understand?
If the Government wants to get involved, it should extract itself from our daily lives, end the stupid prohibition, and allow people who know how to make drugs, make the drugs. Why would you buy your drugs from Bob the drug dealer down in the bad part of town, when Philip Morris, or Baer are selling it at the corner Walgreens?
Allow the states to set up drug treatment facilities, and treat addiction like what it is, a MEDICAL issue. In return the states will give the Federal Government some of the tax money they will make from excise taxes on the drugs they sell. What an awesome idea. Washington gets free money, and the people get to be that much more free. Everybody wins except the moron Republicans who believe that morality can be forced down everybody's gullet at the point of a gun. So... Everybody wins!
I didn't drink a beer tonight. It was MY choice. Just as I will not smoke the crack pipe when it becomes legal. Why? I CHOOSE not to. Freedom is choice.