Yet another victim of the failed War on Drugs(users). A very sad story. Another life snuffed out in the failed attempt to control a substance that not one person has ever overdosed on and that one of the DEA’s own judges ruled has clear medical benefits. I’ve often wondered why the war on drugs continues, depsite the overwhelming failure and exorbitant costs, and I keep coming back to the expression from the Watergate scandal: Follow the money.
Oddly enough, one of the best, and most accessible explanations for the continued drug war can be found in the movie “American Gangster” with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. There’s a boatload of money to be made by keeping drugs illegal.
Det. Richie Roberts, played by Russell Crowe
They don’t want this to stop. It
employs too many people. Cops, lawyers,
judges, probation officers, prison guards.
The day dope stops coming into
this country, a hundred thousand people lose their jobs.
Please watch this clip to see what drug prohibition continues to do…..