End the Foolish War on Drugs

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    Pedro Oregon Navarro of Houston, Texas, was shot 12 times in his bedroom by police who were initiating a drug raid on his home. No drugs were found. In Los Angeles, Calif., 65-year-old Mario Paz was fatally shot in the back by police although he was unarmed, and on his knees in his own bedroom. Read the stories.

    http://www.polkonline.com/stories/101500/opi_beckett.shtml

    Ismael Mena was killed when police barged into his house looking for drugs. They had the wrong address. Check out the list of innocent victims of the drug war:

    http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stories/2003/08/17/drugWarVictims.html

    Just picture this and imagine yourself being the victim:
    Accelyne Williams of Boston was such a victim. Boston's anti-narcotics squad hammered down his door, expecting to find a cache of guns and drugs. Instead, they found Reverend Williams, a 75-year-old retired Methodist preacher and substance abuse counselor. Reverend Williams, hands tied behind his back, died of a heart attack during the botched drug-raid. The police broke into the wrong apartment because they failed to check the story of an intoxicated paid informant who gave them the wrong address. Police like their “no knock” raids because they provide surprise and safety—safety for the police, death for Reverend Williams. Read the story.

    http://www.independent.org/tii/news/000710Benson.html

    If we legalize drugs, there might be a few more addicts actually in need of medical attention, but I think that the benefit (fewer innocent victims, fewer prison inmates, etc.) would greatly exceed the cost. I fully believe that we should end this costly and foolish war.

    For the Libertarian Party's official reasons for opposing the war on drugs read:

    http://www.lp.org/issues/relegalize.html
     
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    I agree 100%, Matty.
     
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    Never going to happen. Americans don't want a country full of drug addicts. Yeah it would be cool for 18& over to have legal availability of crack, crank and heroin, yeah thats real conducive to a civilized society. Anyone who believes that America would be better off with ALL drugs being legalized is off their rocker and really irrelevant.
     
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    At least weed though, right man?
     
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    I'm already down on this board saying that i'm cool with weed being legalized. Used to like a couple tokes at a party myself in college and didn't feel any different than I did after a few martinis. But for chrissakes legalizing all drugs, might as well let the fat lady start singing because that will be all she wrote. Look at all the problems we have now and people have to get into some shady situations to get their dope, if it is as easy as going to the corner pharmacy? Katie bar the door!
     
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    Addiction is a problem. So much of the crime is due to the exorbitant prices of drugs due to their blackmarket nature, and battles over distribution territories.

    I still have my doubts about crack being legal though.
     
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    Yeah the price will come down but then low price and easy availability will open drugs up I believe to a whole new market. I wonder how many people there are out there who are weak and would jump at the chance to do some dope if they didn't have to deal with the riff raff they do to get it right now?
     
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    1. Legalize Marijuana. I've been saying that for months on here.
    2. Shoot back.
     
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    BUt the shooting, stabbing, robbing, and unnecessary burden on the prison sytem will disappear.
    Of course there will be the Don't do drugs campaigns, just like there are no smoking campaigns.

    I see your point though. There will be more addicts.
     
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    anyone who is ok with drug enforcement agencies having the power to raid, terrorize, and kill citizens of this country in the fervent pursuit of the war on drugs needs to be the next victim of a police drug raid.

    there is NO, and I mean NO, excuse for the death of an innocent citizen with the stupid explanation of being for the 'greater good' in the fight against drugs.
     

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