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- Martha Marton Not only doesn't it work, it makes it harder for people to recover from a stupid mistake. Drug use is a public health issue. If there is no money in it, the criminals would not be building empires and committing other crimes from the profits.. What if we used all that money to treat those that need it?
- Elise Smith How long do we continue to keep policies in place that we know don't work!!?? Absolute insanity!! With a for profit prison system paid by our tax $. I have no problem paying for rehab but to continue to keep locking people up. Regardless of your personal views on this the fact of the matter is there are the no less drugs or addicts on the street. It is simply a policy that does not work!! Vodka and big macs will kill you but we don't lock people up ruin there lives, forever marginalizing them so that can't get a decent job and contribute back into the system for making bad choices.
- Patricia Hamilton ...and the incarcerated ones are not the "drug lords" but the poor kids on the street who've made a life altering mistake. Often, barely in adulthood, they are convicted and placed alongside hard core criminals, where they learn to assimilate to survive. The war on drugs was really a war on young men of color.
- Anthony Alonso So, Senator, you proudly (and rightfully) posted recently about finding common ground with Senator Paul about medical marijuana. When will you bravely and forthrightly address the civil rights disaster that is the drug war? Make it an issue for states to regulate, like alcohol. End the drug war. End it now.
- Catherine Jarmon What would happen if we gave amnesty to everyone with a marijuana-related sentence? What if we took the $$ we saved and put it towards job training and education to create more trained people to address the drug and alcohol abuse health issues? Win-Win!
- Michelle B. Valencia-Stark As a nurse in a jail, a majority of the inmates in my care are incarcerated for probation violations with their initial charges being drug possession. It's a sad endless cycle. My community has limited treatment programs and other resources so they can kick their addictions and make more of their lives. Many tell me they know their addictions are going to kill them.