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Sunday, January 5, 2014
The War on Drugs
Written in January 2012
Originally published 1-18-2012
inhumane repression and prosecution of the peaceful, safe,
responsible, and voluntary use of controlled substances is an immoral
threat to our civil liberties and our personal freedoms, and
represents an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers.
elected to the 113th Congress, I would vote to repeal all
federal anti-drug legislation (as well as pursue the abolition of the
Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA]); end the funding of foreign
governments to combat the non-violent cultivation, manufacturing,
distribution, sale, purchase, and consumption of drugs; and urge the
president to pardon some 40,000 imprisoned non-violent federal drug
offenders. To end the War on Drugs would eliminate 10,000 federal
bureaucrats, and could save the federal government as much as $28
I would vote to prevent the federal government from intervening in
the illicit drug policies of the states (unless constitutional
amendments against the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs were
to appear as realistic and necessary prospects), I would urge the
governors of the states to pardon some 200,000 imprisoned non-violent
drug offenders, and to work with their legislatures to legalize the
cultivation and manufacture of drugs (including hemp and drug
precursors), as well as the medicinal and recreational use of illicit
drugs. To end the War on Drugs could save the state and local
governments as much as $16 billion annually.