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The Cost of the War on Drugs

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The cost of the war on drugs. Does it make sense to decriminalize drugs? Decriminalization of drugs would reduce state and federal deficits by eliminating expenditures on prohibition enforcement including arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations. At an approximate cost of $22,000 per prisoner. In 2009 the federal government spent $2,094,510,000 housing drog-related prisoners. Of the 14,209,365 total arrested in the United states in 2007 13% were as a result of drog prohibition, That's like putting almost everyone in Hawaii and Alaska in prison. If drugs were decriminalized, the government would save $25,7 billion in state and local expences and $15,6 billion in federal government expences - annually! How is the federal tax money spent on the war on drugs? In 2008 federal expences reached 15.6 billion. $3.4 billion were used to fight Marijuana, $7.1 billion were used to fight Cocaine, $1.24 billion were used to fight Heroin, $3.9 billion were used to fight other drugs. Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is arrested for a drug violation. 82% of these arrests are for possession alone. The total number of federal inmates convicted in 2009 was 187,886, of that 95,205 were convicted for drug related charges. About 51% of federal inmates are a direct result of a drug conviction. 47% of Americans over 12 admitted to using illegal drugs. We’ve turned the corner on drug addiction in United States. Drug addiction in United States is under control. After forty years fighting the war on drugs it's easier to buy Marijuana than it is to buy a beer according to a national survey of teenagers. Our legal system is completely overburdened. Nearly 4 out of 10 murders, 6 out of 10 rapes and 9 of 10 burglaries go unsolved according to departmend of justice. Over 35,000 people have been killed in just 4 years due to the violence related to Mexico's fight with their massive Mexican drug cartels. Violence, which is now making it's way across the border into the U.S. Pat Buchanan of MSNBC once said: How does one win a drug war when millions of Americans who use recreational drugs are financing the cartels bribing, murdering and beheading to win the war and keep self-indulgent Americans supplied with drugs? There are two sure ways to end this war swiftly: Milton's way and Mao's way. Mao Zedong's communists killed users and suppliers alike, as social parasites. Milton Friedman's way is to decriminalize drugs and call off the war. Americans are never going to adopt the Maoist solution. For the users of drugs are all too often classmates, colleagues, friends, even family. Indeed, our last three presidents did not deny using drugs. Find out more about the economics behind the war on drugs the free-market & the principles of a free society. at fee.org FEE.tv - freedom in HD

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Duration: 3 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Brian Wallace
Director: Brian Aitken
Views: 132
Posted by: smtex on Jul 3, 2011

June 17, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of Nixon's War on Drugs. Ever wonder what it costs and if it's worth it?

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