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It isn't that we encourage drug usage.

However, we believe that the criminal justice system is ill-equipped to handle it. 
 

Understanding the complexities of the origin of the drug war is critical to understanding the current status of the criminal justice system that plagues our nation. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it is undeniable that that drug war has cost more than it has gained.
 
In 1970, when President Richard Nixon had first declared a drug war in the United States, only 2% of the general American population had actually believed that drugs were a national problem but by 1989, that concern had risen to 64%. [1] It was a fierce propaganda campaign employed in the post-civil rights era. In fact, President Nixon’s aide, John Ehrlichman was quoted as having said, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”  [2]
 
Such was a success, as in 1971, only approximately 300,000 people resided in prisons in the United States, compared to the staggering 2 plus million who reside there now, mostly for non-violent drug offenses. From Nixon, to Reagan, to Bush, to Clinton, a push for a sweeping war on drugs and criminalization has torn families apart, ripped away at communities and funneled millions of dollars into the pockets of private prison profiteers and politicians alike. [3]
 
While white citizens certainly do wind up rounded up in the criminal justice system due to our extreme drug sentencing policies, the majority of this policy effects our communities of color and the poor.  [4]
 
Comprehensive criminal justice reform must be made across party lines to save our communities from 1this injustice. Criminal justice should be about protecting the people and not the interests of corporations and anti-drug lobbies. Furthermore, exacerbating racism through a coded “race-neutral” war on drugs is simply inhumane.
 
As of March 13, 2017, the war on drug has cost the United States over $8 billion between federal and state agencies, in 2017 alone, with over 300,000 arrests from January 1-March 13 for drug-related offenses. [5]
 
Is this how you feel served and protected? It is time for comprehensive and sensible change to our criminal justice system and drug policy.
 
[1] Dr. Michelle Alexander- The New Jim Crow, [2] http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/
[3] http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/2/15/302239/-
[4] http://www.sentencingproject.org/issues/racial-disparity/
[5] http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock

 
 

We can work together to end the drug war 

Ending a war certainly isn't an easy task. However, Floridians for Freedom is currently circulating a petition to legalize all aspects of cannabis.
We challenge you, if you are a registered voter, to sign this petition. Print it out and mail it to the address listed. Can you also ask 5 of your friends to sign it as well? 
Sign the Petition

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