Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We Have Insane Drug Laws In The U.S.

From the J-Walk Blog.

FBI figures: One drug bust in US every 18 seconds.

America is a nation at war, overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at home.

According to the newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report for 2008 every 18 seconds someone is arrested and charged with violating drug laws.

Another striking figure in the report: of the 1,702,537 drug arrests in 2008, 82.3 percent were for simple possession of a contraband substance. Nearly half, 44 percent, were for possession of marijuana.

According to San Francisco Weekly's calculations, 2008 saw one marijuana arrest every 37 seconds.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said 2008 had the second-highest number of marijuana arrests the U.S. has ever seen. The group said that 2007 currently holds the record.

How much money could be saved by not punishing victimless crimes? I'm sure the numbers have been run. So why are we wasting so much money and effort? Even Mexico has figured out that it's not worth it.

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