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The War on Drugs
Transcript of The War on Drugs
The effects on our fellow Americans
Millions of lives ruined
The US has the highest prison population in the world; 500,000+ in jail for drug violations alone (Branson)
The absence of necessary medical attention to victims of drug abuse
Instead they are thrown them in jail as if they are animals
The disastrous financial effects
$1 Trillion+ have been exhausted because of the Drug War since 1971
The War on Drugs must end.
Is this really what we've come to accept?
We can still bounce back and recover.
The Portuguese Solution
Laws and Policies that actually WORK!
Decriminalization of ALL drugs (in between legal and illegal)
Competent availability of medical assistance and rehab
Serious crimes like drug trafficking remain illegal as ever
The need for change is
Despite this, drug statistics continue to surge in the US..
93% of those are minorities ("Drug")
Credit where credit's due
Blackstone, Samuel. "Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering." Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 17 July 2012. Web. 30 May 2014.
Branson, Richard. "War on Drugs a Trillion-dollar Failure." CNN. Cable News Network, 07 Dec. 2012. Web. 25 May 2014.
"Drug-war.us Advocates an End to the Insane War on Drugs." The War on Drugs Is a Failure. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014.
Martinez, Michael, Miguel Marquez, Ana Cabrera, and Sara Weisfeldt. "10 Things to Know about Nation's First Recreational Marijuana Shops in Colorado." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 May 2014.
Vohryzek, Malakkar. "Drug Prohibition Doesnt Work." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2008. Web. 01 June 2014.