The war on drugs has failed…miserably. Years after “Just Say No”, we still have issues with drug-related crimes, drug abuse, and prisons overflowing with addicts.

Because of failed drug policies, many countries have taken another look and decided that decriminalizing and even legalizing some drugs is the answer. Recently, officials in Vancouver, Canada launched a pilot program to distribute clean, unused crack pipes to addicts, and Portugal, Spain, Italy as well as other parts of Europe have decriminalized the use of drugs to positive results.

So, should the U.S. be next?

Many in the States argue that decriminalizing, or taking it a step further, and legalizing drugs will not only get many addicts the help they need, but will may also help the economy. Although it failed, economists estimate that a bill legalizing marijuana in California could have generated $1.3 billion per year, money that could have been used to fix and ailing economy.

But what do you think Clutchettes and Gents…should illegal drugs be decriminalized or legalized in the States?

Let’s talk about it! 

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  • I support the decriminalization for drugs, especially marijuana. The destruction of our communities I believe have much to do with the criminal enterprise of it, not the actual use.

  • Hmm…

    So happy to see most of the commenters supporting this idea! I swallowed the D.A.R.E. kool-aid in elementary school and completely looked down on drug addicts for years. I was actually really cruel and stereotyped anyone who experimented with drugs. I gained a little perspective when I met the rich, white kids who could experiment with things like cocaine (not so popular anymore), oxycotin, and other really serious drugs. These kids never got in trouble and never really had problems, because they had the money and influence to get their drugs from their parent’s lawyers or other affluent people who weren’t going to pull a gun on them, because they had something to lose. It was the poor and often minority kids who had to go Joe Dealer down the street just to buy marijuana (which I now believe really does not hurt you except for wear and tear on your lungs). Marijuana which isn’t addictive and helps kill cancer cells nearly got these kids killed. Because Joe Dealer has nothing to lose and he will try his damnedest to sell a kid heroine or meth or whatever he’s got right along with their weed.

    Marijuana prohibition was partially started as a racist law, because Nixon viewed it as a ‘black people drug’ that was infecting white youth. Somewhere along the way we’ve been convinced to turn on our own people over something that is essentially halfway between a cigarette and alcohol, except without the addiction or the cancer. Seems a little funny to me :/