Argument: Enforcing drug laws would mean mass imprisonment

Issue Report: War on Drugs


Terry Michael. “The War on Drugs is No Laughing Matter.” Reason. March 27, 2009: “Our government’s own research (a 2006 survey by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) reveals that over half of the adult population of America has, at one time, used a controlled substance. Which means—if our drug laws were equally applied—that over 125 million of us would have spent time in jail, as Barack Obama and George W. Bush themselves would have done for what we euphemistically and absurdly call ‘youthful indiscretions.’ Obama has admitted using marijuana and cocaine. Bush, who was less candid, simply refused to deny it.”