June 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
There aren't any good answers when it comes to illegal drug use - legalizing these drugs in other places has resulted in increased drug usage, leading to increased harm to the citizenry. The medical profession has no safe and effective way to cure addiction.The war on drugs has decimated families and government budgets by senselessly and expensively incarcerating millions of non-violent drug offenders. What public policy should we support?
We will watch the first hour of this debate :
It was 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." $2.5 trillion dollars later, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago, and thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail. And yet, 22 million Americans-9% of the population-still uses illegal drugs, and with the highest incarceration rate in the world, we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Decimated families and communities are left in the wake. Is it time to legalize drugs or is this a war that we're winning?