Just wanted to stop by and wish you all a happy 420 day. Ryan pointed this important video out to me and I though I would share it with everyone.
Time to get lost.
How does the drug war affect American children?
- Nearly 2 million minors have at least one parent behind bars in the U.S.(1) Fueled largely by the drug war, the incarcerated population in the United States has ballooned from 500,000 in 1980(2) to more than 2 million people in 2000.(3) There are now nearly half a million non-violent drug offenders in federal, state, and local prisons and jails for violating a drug law(4) - a greater number than Western Europe incarcerates for all offenses. Many non-violent drug offenders are first time offenders, and an increasing number are women - 7 out of 10 of whom have a child under the age of 18.(5)
- Juvenile arrest rates for drug law violations continue to rise - up 86% between 1989 and 1998.(8) While the Office of National Drug Control Policy says that one of its top priorities is to prevent children from using drugs, it spent only 10% of its fiscal year 2000 Federal Drug Control Budget on drug prevention programs, while nearly 50% of the budget was allocated to criminal justice and an additional 10% was spent on interdiction.(9)
- The drug war unfairly limits young people's access to higher education. The Higher Education Act, passed by Congress in 1998, restricts eligibility for any federal grant, loan or work assistance program for students convicted of a drug related offense, including simple marijuana possession.(10) Murderers and rapists are not subject to sanction under the Act.source
This is a war. A war that goes beyond just guns and death. This war is costing us a lot more then we can ever realize. First of, any person who thinks that the illegalization of marijuana helps protect you and your children, then I can only assume that you may want think about taking up another cause. How to illegalize things like alcohol and tabacco as well. But why stop there. Lets look at the effect fast foods have on the population. How many people are becoming dangerously over weight every year. ( Between 1962 and the year 2000, the number of obese Americans grew from 13% to an alarming 31% of the population.source)
A war, that when finally is over, can help us put our efforts into something so much more productive. But all this comes with due time. When the world is ready for a change, it will come. I apologize if this came by unexpectedly; I am not looking to enter this war. I am just sharing what position I take up and why.