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The Failed War On Drugs?

It’s hard to admit that United States’ War On Drugs has been a failure, but British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is certainly making a strong case in his special CNN article.

Failed War On Drugs

Richard-Branson-Failed-War-On-DrugsIf there was an argument for legalizing drugs that was constantly repeated, it’s the prison debate. Branson says in his article that the United States has the largest prison population (2.3 million) and more than half of the incarcerated are where they are because of illegal drugs.

But the most alarming thing Branson says comes from the United Nations, which have estimated that illegal drug trade is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $320 billion.  Legalizing drugs in the United States, Branson says, would create over $46 billion of taxable revenue.

He likens the War on Drugs, which was declared in 1971 by President Nixon, to be like prohibition in the 1920s. It created an increased consumption of hard liquor rather than a curtailing of drunkenness.

Branson want’s the United States to start doing some thinking, and perhaps consider legalizing drug use.

Well, we’ve thought about it

With all due respect, Mr. Branson. You are a billionaire, a media mogul, and some might even call you a genius.  But the facts remain. Recreational drugs are harmful to everyone who uses them. They’re addictive and have drastic side effects that can range from paranoia, to anxiety, to depression, and can lead to death.

As Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana, the states are recognizing the threat it poses on drivers and are working on ways to keep it off the road.  Likewise, they’re working on ways to keep it out of the workplace.

If drugs are legalized nationwide, we’d be looking at more workplace accidents, more traffic accidents, and seeing an increase in those awful aforementioned side effects.

The Solution

The solution is not legalization.  The solution is improved education about what drugs are, what they can do, and why not to partake in activities that involve them.  We need to be smarter, but not in the way you suggest, Mr. Branson.

Be smart by getting drug tested at ARCpoint Labs in Worcester.  For more information, please call (774) 314-9551.

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  1. December 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I definitely agree that education is essential for people to be safe with their decisions. Interesting article. Thanks!

  2. December 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Agreed! If drugs were legalized then what would become of our roads? Our workplace? Not a place anyone would like to be.

  3. December 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Although Branson’s argument seems to be valid your rebuttal points out the flaw. There is a good reason drugs are illegal and I hope they stay that way.

  4. December 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t like to think that the War on Drugs has failed, but something needs done to improve it. Educate our nation and bring the people back into making decisions.

  5. December 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    2.3 million in prison in the US and more than half because of drug-related charges, that is a pretty significant number!

  6. December 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This is kind of a touchy subject. I thought you did a great job of bringing light to this ongoing problem.

  7. December 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    There’s definitely arguments both ways, but there are huge safety implications you mentioned that are unrelated to the economic reasons Branson talked about

  8. December 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Can’t say its totally failed, but we need some major improvements to make it work. Thanks for sharing!

  9. December 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    2.3 million in prison and half due to drug-related charges, that is too many people. They wouldn’t be there if they weren’t breaking the law though.

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