Man, wars sure get old.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Tricky Dicky’s “War on Drugs.” And oh, what a legacy…
An article on FoxNews.com, AP IMPACT: After 40 years, $1 trillion, US War on Drugs has failed to meet any of its goals showed that the times are indeed changing:
MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.
Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn’t worked.
“In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.”
This week President Obama promised to “reduce drug use and the great damage it causes” with a new national policy that he said treats drug use more as a public health issue and focuses on prevention and treatment.
Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.
Kerlikowske, who coordinates all federal anti-drug policies, says it will take time for the spending to match the rhetoric.
“Nothing happens overnight,” he said. “We’ve never worked the drug problem holistically. We’ll arrest the drug dealer, but we leave the addiction.”
Luckily, it seems like businesses are seeing reasons to get involved. As the saying goes, “Follow the money.” As The Wall Street Journal reported recently, Miracle Gro wants to target the marijuana market. Pharmaceutical companies want in. Another sign of growing support for marijuana among for-profit industries is Psychemedics Corporation, Medical Marijuana Inc., and General Cannabis marijuana stocks.
As I recently wrote on WeedPress, there’s something wrong with the market for marijuana right now. I highlighted two recent media articles in a post called Weeds The Next Big Economic Boom. Everyone Selling Weed Is Broke. What’s Going On? Potrepeneurs seeking a “Green Rush” out West are finding themselves much less well-off than they originally anticipated, as CNN reported. Yet, it seems the growth potential is virtually unlimited, as reported by the Montreal Gazette.
In a future post, I’ll talk about the economics of marijuana currently, and how the laws are interfering with a future business that is here to stay. For today, however, is a day of mourning. Candlight vigils are being held to mourn the suffering and loss of life this War has caused. Here’s a video from SSDP. Go to vigils.ssdp.org to see if there’s a vigil near you.