This morning I find myself thinking about the utter waste of resources and the dog and pony show that the war on drugs is. If you want to get down to the nitty gritty soup to nuts, the war on drugs is corporate welfare for LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, Big Defense, and more. The drug war has made cocaine the so-called el durado blanco, Spanish for white gold, has destabilized entire countries in South and Central America. Federal and state governments in the United States spend an estimated twenty billion dollars a year fighting this war. The cost in human lives, resources, wasted money is absolutely staggering. The fact that a handful of billionaires and billion-dollar corporations profit handsomely from fighting this losing war should tell you all that you need to know.
Therefore it is time to put a stop to the war on drugs by immediately legalizing all drugs and setting free and pardoning all people whom have committed non-violent, drug-related crimes. The most immediate benefit will be stripping the monetary power away from the cartels as the value of cocaine, crack, heroin, and meth will free fall. Overnight corporations like LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics will have to rely on running a legitimate business serving the actual needs of the medical community instead of serving their law enforcement patrons. Then the prison and military industrial complexes will downsize considerably as prison populations will decline dramatically and military hardware will no longer be purchased to fight the war.
Instead of spending the twenty-plus billion dollars per year fighting a losing battle, those funds can get poured into community mental health and rehabilitation services. These services can also provide training for former addicts to be able to effectively work in a multitude of different industries. We can take the money that we would otherwise by essentially lighting a match to and build homes for the homeless, start programs for a Universal Basic Income, and even more. In fact, maybe the prisons and detention centers that no longer house people for drug-related offenses can be bulldozed in the (sic) Pete Buttigieg style and their grounds turned into beautiful homes inspiring hope for better lives for the masses.
Imagine if a homeless heroin, meth, or crack addict whom really wants to get better and kick the habit could simply walk into a rehabilitation hospital, ask for help, and be greeted with arms wide open; treated with empathy, compassion, and welcomed into a warm and beautiful facility quite possibly built by former addicts given training in the trades. This sounds like a utopia doesn’t it!? No, it is not a utopia and it is very possible to make this happen with the excess funds from not giving more socialism for the wealthy and the corporations. The twenty-billion drug war economy can instead work for the betterment of everybody.
The immediate cessation of the drug war will not suddenly cause everybody to become hopelessly drug-addled ghosts as the politicians, big healthcare, and big prison would have us believe. Actually, there would be far fewer drug addicts and even less violent crime when the money rug is pulled out from everybody. If drugs can be obtained legally they would be subject to regulation and the actual substances themselves would be much, much safer. We all know crack and methamphetamine are poisonous, their mood-elevating effects notwithstanding. A drug addict would have many options and resources available to them to help them get clean. Stopping the war on drugs will, contrary to what the politicians in the back pockets of the beneficiaries say, set America on the path to becoming a great nation for the first time in its history.