The Global Commission on Drug Policy admitted that the war on drugs was a complete waste of money. Since the beginning of the war on drugs, our nation has spent over one trillion. The government spends approximately $10 billion yearly in their efforts as it pertains to cannabis. They are wasting our tax money to put “criminals” behind bars for possessing cannabis. Officials are close-minded to the fact that, in legalizing marijuana, they would generate approximately $30 billion (Kampia, 2011). They are losing the battle against marijuana terribly. According to The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LAWS (NORML)  “more than 800,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges last year, and more than 5 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses in the past decade. Almost 90 percent of these arrests are for simple possession, not trafficking or sale.” Arresting American citizens on the basis of possessing a natural flower, that is grown in the ground, created by God, does not give enforcement officials the right to invade our freedoms and “unalienable rights” given to us in the Constitution. This is not only unlawful, but takes people off the street who are not harming society. Last year, in the state of New York, law enforcement used $75 million to bring almost 50,000 cannabis offenders into custody (NORML, 2012). Not only is the country using our tax dollars, the money that are using doesn’t incarcerate robbers, rapists, or murderers, the real dangers are still on the streets. In Miron’s “Legalizing Marijuana Would Save Money and Generate Tax Revenue, he shows how much it costs to keep convicted, non-violent, marijuana-related offenders. “At approximately $47,000 a year, the state’s budgets take a hit.”war-on-drugs


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