Menstuff® has information on the decrimilization of
all illicit drugs. The war on crime hasn't worked. What it
has done is set-up huge cartels and operations that have
been impossible to stop. And it's created a huge number of
addicts to Mehadone, many of whom continue to take illicit
drugs on top of their legal access to methedone. Billions
more are spent on breaking up drug houses and catching petty
criminals than on actually treating the addicts, not to
sustain their drug habit, but to get them 100% clean and
sober (the ones who are committed to doing so like
actor/comedian Russell Brand. Learn more. Watch his two
documentaries on the subject.
A town in Massachusetts decided to
stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's
What Prohibition can teach us about
the way we think about drugs today
Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Brand - End the Drugs War (BBC Documentary
Ralph Martin comment: I am a retired cop. This would have
occurred if you had 16 deputies on that night. It was a
random crime. The judicial system is what's broke in this
country. Manufacture, distribution and sales of meth in this
County get you 10 days in jail. That's a minor inconvenience
for the criminal. If you read the booking log in the paper,
about 75% of the arrests are for warrants. We are just
recycling the same criminals over and over. Over 12 years
ago Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs. There
prisons and jails emptied out, their crime rate dropped
tremendously, their drug use decreased 17%, death from
Heroin overdose decreased by half (they could ask for help
without being arrested), it put the drug Cartels out of
business, and they needed fewer cops, lawyers and judges.
Our County Commissioners had the option to continue funding
the Sheriff for 10 deputies this year and next in the
budget. Smith and Brown chose to cut the Sheriff to 7
deputies. The road fund currently has $39 million dollars in
it and received another $1.6 million for this year and next.
That money could have been used to fund road deputies, but
Smith and Brown chose not to, so why don't we put the blame
on mismanagement where it belongs. Had they given road fund
money to the Sheriff it no longer needs to be repaid.
Gordon Clay comment: I totally agree with Ralph. If you
want to see some very impressive information, the
actor/comedian Russell Brand made two documentaries to
support the decrimiliZation of all illicit drugs. If you
disagree, watch both of them before responding. The first
from 2012 called Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
is 1:11 long and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ZnFp8ilik
The second is 1:35 long and was released in 2014 is called
Russell Brand - End the Drugs War (BBC Documentary) and can
be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDPtk5xmDes
A town in Massachusetts decided
to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how
Back in June 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts, police chief
Leonard Campanello announced that his officers would no
longer arrest drug users who approached them seeking
Instead, the department announced they would refer the
drug users to treatment, and front the cost.
Gloucester has been struggling to combat a big heroin
Between January and March 2015, the community experienced
four overdose deaths more than in all of 2014.
"It's a provocative idea to put out there," Chief
Campanello told Upworthy, "But we knew we had to do
Needless to say, there were many questions about whether
Campanello's experiment would actually work.
How much money would it cost? Would it actually reduce
the number of overdose deaths? Would drug users actually
trust the police, knowing that admitting to possession could
technically get them arrested at any time?
"I had a lot of skepticism," Chief Campanello said. "I
didn't know if we were going to get one person or a thousand
After two months, the early results are in, and they look
promising. Very promising.
According to Campanello, since June 1, an impressive
number of addicted persons have made use of the program:
"We've had 116 people placed in treatment," Campanello
explained. "No criminal charges. All placed on the same
In order to keep costs down, the police department
managed to bargain down the cost of a life-saving detox drug
from local pharmacies. Largely as a result, the department
estimates that the cost of the program so far is less than
Or, as Campanello put it in a recent Facebook post,
"under $5,000.00 ... for 100 lives."
"We've built partnerships with treatment centers, health
plans, health providers, other law enforcement, and certain
the public, which has overwhelmingly supported this
approach," he told Upworthy.
As a result of the positive early signs, Campanello and
his team are working hard to take the program
As with any new program, there are still a few kinks to
Even after the initiative took effect in June, the
epidemic of overdose deaths in Gloucester hasn't completely
subsided. And given the outside-the-box nature of the
program, there is still a lot of legal red tape to work
But progress has to start somewhere. .
And 100 people who would otherwise be sitting in jail now
have a chance to repair their lives.
"It's extremely important for a police department to
treat all people with respect," Campanello said. "Law
enforcement doesn't exist to judge people."
With nonviolent drug users popping up in prison at
alarming rates, it's great to see evidence that when you
treat addicted persons like people instead of criminals,
good things can happen
Prohibition can teach us about the way we think about drugs
I don't think it's hyperbole to suggest that beer is one of
mankind's greatest inventions of all time ever in
It's hearty (mostly), it's cold (usually), and it just
makes you feel really super great (please drink
For years now, I've been telling anyone who will listen
that beer is so delicious and magical that it deserves its
So imagine my surprise when I learned that it actually
April 7 is National Beer Day.
It commemorates the day in 1933 when, after over a decade
of Prohibition, everyone was finally able to start drinking
National Beer Day is an unofficial holiday. You won't
find it on any government calendar. But people all across
America are celebrating.
(In basically the way you'd expect.)
But contrary to popular belief, National Beer Day isn't
just some fake-ish holiday invented for bars to sell a
little more booze and blown way out of proportion by the
(I mean, it is that. But it's not just that).
So buckle up, America. I'm about to lay the True Meaning
(tm) of National Beer Day on you.
(Yes, Virginia, there is a coconut cream stout on draft).
Prohibition started in 1920 mostly because alcohol abuse
was a serious problem a nightmare for families and
communities all across the country.
People thought banning booze was just the solution
But banning booze wasn't a great idea. Instead, it was an
even bigger nightmare.
Just ask your great-grandparents.
skyrocketed. Violent gangs ruled the streets
And corrupt city, state, and federal officials made law and
order a joke.
It only took us 13 years to realize this mistake.
When America finally came to its senses in 1933 and was
like, "You know what? People are going to drink regardless.
So maybe turning the alcohol industry into a massive,
violent criminal enterprise isn't such a great idea after
all," people breathed a huge sigh of relief.
The point being?
People are going to do what they do. Criminalizing it
just drives it underground, wrecks communities, and makes it
Here's where we are now: As of 2013, there were roughly
1.5 million Americans in state and federal prison. About a
fifth of them over 300,000 people are
there for drug offenses.
Many of them for just using drugs, not even selling,
growing, or making them.
Even during Prohibition, there was no penalty for
drinking booze only for manufacturing or selling it.
But today, you can be thrown in prison for using drugs in
the privacy of your own home. On felony charges. Which
follow you for the rest of your life.
On March 31, 2015, President Obama commuted the sentences
of 22 people, almost all of whom were drug offenders serving
decades-long prison terms. Some were even serving life
This is a step in the right direction. But it's not
Now, before you start getting all like, "Who is this
moral degenerate who wants us all to start getting high on
demand with reckless abandon and no consequences," I'm not
suggesting legalizing drugs. I'm not even suggesting that
the most hardened drug dealers and manufacturers shouldn't
serve time in prison. Drugs destroy people's lives, and it's
not unreasonable to suggest that contributing to that should
come with some kind of cost.
What I am suggesting: Let the punishment fit the crime.
It's time to lower penalties for nonviolent drug
offenders and drastically lower them (or eliminate
them) for nonviolent drug users.
If we can at least be as sensible about drugs in 2015 as
America was about alcohol drinkers after Prohibition, we'd
all be much better off.
So on National Beer Day, the most solemn of all holidays,
let's all raise a glass to legally indulging in your vices.
In moderation, of course.
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