With only 5% of the world’s population…the US incarcerates 25% of the worlds prison population
Today’s vile and immoral drug war policy leads to black markets…not many would dispute that. Providing an unfortunate boost in organized crime, leading to unsanitary and unsafe practices, while at the same time making the drug lords rich through elevated prices.
One of the many unfortunate side effects is a strengthened corporate industrial prison complex, and the continuing prosperity of drug cartels, operating around the world. Perpetuating an endless cycle of needless violence – and the endless abuse of nonviolent offenders.
While 92.9% of Americans’s think Dr. Gupta was right when he recently outed of himself as a pro-marijuana convert, many wish President Obama’s evolution on this topic had been more honest, reflective and progressive.
The successful legalization of marijuana consumption for recreational purposes in Washington and Colorado have obligated the DOJ to come to terms with their current dilemma – Stuck between their untenable federal drug policy…and the 10th amendment.
The Obama administration’s schizophrenic drug policy can’t hide the fact that since October 2009, they have initiated more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids in medical marijuana states, totaling over 61 federal indictments. They did take a step in the right direction last week when they ordered federal prosecutors to leave out the quantity of drugs when charges are filed and small reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing for low level drug defenders. While this move is welcome, it doesn’t change the fact that drug sentencing has an essential moral problem: It criminalizes addiction and a drug that has a lower addiction than tobacco or caffeine and life-saving medical properties.
While a little late to the party – US Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is correct in his assessment that the current correctional system inflicts…
“a significant economic burden” ringing up and an $80 billion total in 2010 alone. In addition to “human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate.”
It doesn’t take a genius to see that something is horribly wrong with our drug policies and sentencing guidelines in America, when the US locks up a massive 25% of the world’s prison population – while only representing 5% of the overall world population.