End The Failed War On Drugs.

The War on Drugs is an absolute failure.

It should be ended immediately.

Internationally our policies of eradication, substitution, and interdiction are an abject failure, and have caused vastly more harm than good. At home our prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders, many of them veterans simply trying to medicate to recover from the horrors of war.

The enforcement of laws prohibiting drugs are disproportionately enforced, too often targeting minority individuals and communities experiencing economic hardship.

I’ve come to understand that government force must be limited to the protection of the rights of individuals to life, liberty, and property, and governments must never be permitted to violate these rights.

Laws should be limited in their application to violations of the rights of others through force or fraud, or to deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm.

I favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as gambling, the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, and consensual transactions involving sexual services.

History has shown that prohibition only serves to embolden the criminal element.

What we need is an active, open minded discussion in this country that results in real criminal justice reform, and that includes decriminalization. 

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