According to FBI statistics, the number of arrests for marijuana exceeds the number of arrests for violent crimes.
That makes me very angry!
I detest the fact that the United States wastes hundreds of billions of dollars per year waging a war on drugs so that it can overwork the courts and overcrowd the jails with non-violent drug users. We could put all those resources into reducing violent crime and criminal victimization, such as rape, murder, robbery, battery, vandalism and so forth.
You may wonder why governments would choose to waste money as such. I would explain it by pointing out that governments like to waste money. The wasted taxpayer dollars represent jobs and profits for a lot of bureaucrats, political cronies, and special interest groups.
Drug prohibition increases violent crime. Not only does it divert resources away from violent crime, but also it funds violent criminals by handing the multi-billion-dollar drug industry over to the black market, which in turn increases government corruption and increases the availability of drugs to minors.
Let’s reduce violent crime by decriminalizing marijuana. Let’s focus our resources on violent crime rather than on non-violent drug-users.
What do you think?