Friday, May 15, 2009

Don't be shocked... The Drug War may be coming to an end.

Before you hit the delete button....let me report what is happening at the highest level of Federal Government. From the WSJ, the new Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske calls for an end to the war on drugs... yes it is true. After decades of Nancy Reagan with just say no, billions spent every year on eradicating marijuana, the highest incarceration rates of any civilized country and turf wars between low level drug dealers that have reeked devastation across our country, FINALLY, some common sense has reached the office of drug control.

Our jails and prisons are filled with drug offenders, costing this State 47k a year to house. Overcrowding in our courts and jails has created more troubles for fair and swift justice for more seriuos crimes.

HIV is on the upswing again so is the rate of tuberculous in our prisons. The money spent on the drug war to this point is more criminal than the crimes themselves. The system has created the prison state employing and spending more than we do on education and a few small wars. We have sprayed entire regions of other countries with agent orange and have created corruption among law enforcement.

While I do admit that some of the home made drugs like meth are very bad of society, it all boils down to a health care issue and not a law enforcement problem. While the Feds and the States have spent billions on the supply side of the drug war and then the demand side, prices for most all drugs have dropped over the years, except marijuana. We have invaded countries, killed and or imprisoned leaders of States, helped fuel huge multi national drug cartels and created whole wasteful agencies battling the drug war.

The drug war has been as futile as most of the wars in my lifetime. And it is so refreshing to see the administration look for ways to end such wasteful programs. IF, the administration were to lift the ban on marijuana and hemp, billions in tax revenue could be used for health care, education, veterans and a host of other worthy programs that would enhance our society.

Look for this to happen late this year or the beginning of next. Obama realizes we can't continue to spend precious tax dollars on trying to arrest, incarcerate and deny employment to the 30 to 60 million of us who enjoy our plants flowers.

12 Comments:

At May 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing! Did you ever think you would see this in your life time? Obama is a man of his word, and this economy is at the top of his priority list. The money we would save if we stopped fighting this losing battle against drugs would fun many programs to help people in need. Let's hope this happens fast!

 
At May 15, 2009 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

There must be a celebration going on at your house tonight Pillsbury. Never thought I would say this, but maybe, just maybe, you have been right all these years about this marajuana stuff, but I will reserve judgement on the other drugs for the time being. But I would support this move now just simply because we have never won any ground it the war on drugs, and we have spent billions and maybe even trillions of dollars fighting it. That money could be better used in other places in these tough times.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will be our countries downfall. Drugs cause illegal behavior in order to support the habit. Legalizing it will not make it free, so they still will have to steal to get the money to buy drugs. This is a bad idea supported by all your liberal dopers.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM , Blogger JJ said...

Prohibition did not work, and the war on drugs does not work. They eventually got it on the prohibition issues, looks like they may be getting it on this issues also. It’s about time if you ask me.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Annon... I'm glad you weighed in on this... is there any way, any truth, or lies, anything you would or could show me that you are right? anything at all....

and if I listen to you... will you listen me?

would you like to compare resume's? incomes, accomplishments? families? community involvement, volunteerism, bravery, strength, endurance, intelligence, loyalty to country, of someone who has exercised my freedom in life as a so called dooper?

I've debated this subject for most of my adult life and will continue to do so...

jimpillsbury@verizon.net if you choose

 
At May 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Defeated in Fram. said...

Pretty big story, ending the war on drugs. Pretty powerful media outlet reporting it, the WSJ. Did you see this story anywhere in the MWDN? I doubt it. Most of us, me included, don’t read the WSJ, and the MWDN is counting on that, so none of us will ever hear about this and support it. Ha, shame on them. But we can all find that out here. Good work Jim.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Tim W. said...

Those of you too chicken to put your name on these and just posting as anonymous, well, you show your true colors by taking the safe road. As to saying this will be the downfall of the country, hey, this country already fell down listening to the likes of well educated, highly paid bankers and business men. I say let the common man run the show and we will do just fine. I support this change in the law completely, even though I am not a user myself, but I applaud those like Jim who have been standing up for the rights of those who do enjoy recreational drugs for a long time. Hey, if I can get drunk legally why can't I get high legally? Isn't it the same thing?

 
At May 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM , Blogger Can't think of a name said...

Obama is making some pretty drastic changes to things that have been in place for a long time. Not that I am oppossed to this, because I really am not. Just hope they have looked into all the possible scenarios of what might happen if we realize legalize all drugs.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

HOORAY!!!! You old stoner, you were right about this all along!

 
At May 15, 2009 at 5:04 PM , Blogger 50 stud said...

So what will the Framingham Board of Health do now, will they still be able to fine us an extra $100 for lighting up, even if they can no longer fine us the original $100 because it won't be illegal anymore. Now wouldn't that be nice. THe time is here for this kind of change. Just glad the likes of you and I Pillsbury are most likely going to see this in our lifetime. Nice to see. And you with your ballat questions and protests probably played some role in this even being considered. Hats off to you.

 
At May 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM , Blogger Michael said...

Good job Jim. Must feel good to be reading this kind of story in the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for all you did yourself to make this day happen for those of us with out the guts to stand up publically in support of this. Much appreciated by us, will be some party if this actually comes to fruition.

 
At May 16, 2009 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Edward said...

About time we started looking at this don't you think? We are fighting a losing battle, spending a fortune doing it, and for a fight that is ridiculous to start with. they should have been listening top people like Pillsbury for years instead of calling them dopers. What do you think they will say to you now Pillsbury? They should be saying thank you.

 

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