How profits help drive the war on Drugs.

An Orange County police officer arrests a probationer who broke the terms of his probation in Orange, California July 22, 2011. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to ease overcrowding in its prisons. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)An Orange County police officer arrests a probationer who broke the terms of his probation in Orange, California July 22, 2011. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to ease overcrowding in its prisons. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

In the decades since President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one in the United States,” the nation has spent more than atrillion dollars on the “war on drugs” and arrested 37 millionpeople for nonviolent drug offenses.

Yet the rate of drug use among high school students is almost identical to what it was 40 years ago, and according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose rates are up.

So why pour money into a failed system? One factor might just be profit. During the Reagan administration, the government started incentivizing drug arrests by handing out grants to police departments fighting drug crimes. An arrest in a state like Wisconsin could bank a city or county an extra $153.

In 34 years in the Seattle Police Department, Norm Stamper learned about those incentives first hand, and he believes they are “corrupting the system.”

“What we have seen with this drug war are insane numbers of Americans being arrested for nonviolent, very low level drug offenses, in the tens of millions of numbers, and what do we have to show for it?” he asked on Tuesday’s PoliticsNation.  He said drugs are more readily available than when Nixon “first declared war against them.”

“Make no mistake, he was really declaring war against his fellow Americans. He was declaring war particularly against young people, poor people, and people of color.”

Stamper takes issue with the prison industry, which has seen major growth due to low level drug offenders, compared to relatively little growth from more violent offenders.

“The prison industrial complex, the law enforcement, drug enforcement industry, the cartels themselves, heavy street traffickers, are deeply invested in the status quo,” Stamper said. “They are very much invested in making sure, by protecting and expanding their drug markets, often times through violent means, that they will continue to reap the enormous, untaxed, obscene profits associated with illicit commerce.”

God’s Marijuana

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Marijuana 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many joy’s on Earth that God has bless us with from beautiful oceanviews from coast to coast, to people that are beautiful from all ethnicity’s and no matter what shape or size you are God has made you special, to the food we eat from vegtables I use to hate when I was young to the fruits of the earth. So why is it that the Marijuana that God made for us the government deemed illegal when man made drugs cause us to be ill even more.  The plant he blessed us with to heal our mind body and soul that grows out of the earth is cast in a negative light.  Here’s the problem we have a group of people that makes decision for us (congress) for their own benefit and gains from coporations.  When will we say to our selves that decisions that are not made in our best interest and it is time for the people of America to start making laws for ourselves.

Gay Marriage are we Serious

I would have never imagined that gay marriage would become legal in my lifetime, with so many more serious issues in the world why is it that gay marrying is so important? is it so that our government who is broke beyond belief will be able to add revenue to their bottom line?  When will the church step up to approach this outrageousness, see I don’t deal in religion but more of common sense.  Man and women was place on earth to reproduce,  what was man on man place to do, I don’t want to go into justifying the thought of this sickness.  We need to stand up against gay marriage even if the government has been sold out for money.