Since President Richard Nixon first declared a nationwide War on Drugs in June 1971, law enforcement and the U.S. government have operated under the idea that the best drug policy was to jail anyone using or selling drugs. Debate continues to rage about how effective this has been over the last 40 years.
Many believe that the War on Drugs has created more problems than it has solved, such as treating addicts like criminals instead of treating drug addiction as a medical condition. There are also the class issues involved with how drug abuse is punished, prison overcrowding, increasing violence and death connected to drug cartels, and finally a growing movement for legalization of drugs. Read more