The war on Drugs has failed. It is expensive and it is bad public policy. It has led to high incarceration rates and wasted taxpayer dollars. Almost half of the people in federal prison are there because of drug crimes. America has only 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the worlds prison population. We spent 29 billion on the war on drugs in FY 2017 and have projected spending of 26 billion in FY 2018.
The United States has spent hundreds billions of dollars on making the country drug-free, but many illicit drugs are purer and more prevalent than ever before. Banning things only increases the profit margin for selling them.
We should end the war on drugs. It is bad for the deficit, it is bad public policy, and it has been proven not to stop drugs in America. It's time for a change.
The war on drugs has not stopped people from using drugs, but has grown a dangerous black market. We should stop making people criminals for drug use and sales. We should trust people to make their own decisions about what they put in their bodies.