Richard S. wrote:Not a fair comparison, its a victimless crime for the most part. The victims we do have are because its illegal.
Absolutely right....What gives me the right to prevent my neighbor from doing something that is unhealthy to him, if it doesn't effect me? If my neighbor decides to drink himself into a coma, smoke marijuana all day, shoot heroin until he kills himself.......That's his decision. As long as he doesn't get behind the wheel of a car, or rob me to pay for his addiction, I don't care what he does...& neither should you, imo.
Richard S. wrote:locking them up isn't solving anything. The war on drugs has been going since when? The Nixon administration?
Years before that Richard.....As the attached Genealogy shows, just on a federal level, the U.S. Government has been fighting this war (officially) since 1915 (almost 100 years!) & we have not put the slightest dent in the drug problem.
I feel that my years with DEA were not wasted however, in that we (DEA) never were really tasked with targeting street level drug sales, & never its use. DEA is tasked with going after large (usually international) criminal organizations that are almost always involved in many different crimes, of which the sale of illicit drugs is just one profit center. The other crimes are typically: Guns, Extortion, Money laundering, White Slavery, Murder for hire, Gambling, Kidnapping, Terrorism & many others. Infiltrating these criminal enterprises through their drug sales is just a relatively easy "gateway" for law enforcement to gain access to them.
Taking the profit out of the sale of illicit drugs (by legalizing this "Victimless" fact of life) is a great way of drying up a major source of revenue from them & releasing major assets to concentrate on their other, real
crimes. (I think it's only a matter of time before DEA & FBI are merged anyway, as many of their case loads overlap & they are many times duplicating efforts against the same criminal targets. Talk about saving government tax money..right now they maintain 2 separate training academies at Quantico Marine Base, 2 separate bureaucracies, going after many of the same criminals.....combine them & save millions!)