War on Drugs


Jim Lantern

Editorial Article

2:00pm CT Wednesday 15 September 2016

Drugs” is trending at Twitter.

My response – what I tweeted…

War on Drugs failed because law enforcement paid by taxpayers to fight it are more corrupt than the criminals.

The news causing the trending topic at Twitter…

Jay Z blasts War on Drugs as ‘epic fail’ in blistering NYT op-edThe War on Drugs is an “epic fail,” Jay Z argued Thursday in a blistering animated op-ed for the New York Times.

Jay Z is right: We have to end the war on drugs.


More of my opinion…

What I’ve witnessed is corruption in law enforcement at all levels undermining the so-called “war” against illegal drugs and abuse of legal prescription drugs. Some of the cops are worse then the criminals.

For all abusers, users, who are nonviolent and not involved in fringe crimes, I favor automatic diversion and rehabilitation.

Fringe crimes include burglary, theft, to acquire items to sell to get money to buy drugs.

Too many nonviolent offenders are in jail or prison at the expense of taxpayers – and that also amounts to punishing taxpayers – as if fining them to cover the cost of warehousing criminals.

For violent offenders and those who engage in murder during the course of fringe crimes I favor banishment to a location from which no return is possible, with loss of U.S. citizenship. For murder the death penalty should be considered instead of just banishment.

For all persons selling illegal drugs or illegally selling or distributing prescription drugs, I favor banishment or the death penalty.

There may be mercy for those who use, but no mercy for those who sell.

Any person in law enforcement who gives aid to any criminal selling illegal drugs or takes a share of sales of illegal drugs in return for looking the other way should get the death penalty. Any law enforcement person who disagrees with the drug laws and looks the other way for that reason alone should be fired, possibly banished. There is a legal process through our government for changing laws disagreed with, so it is acceptable to disagree and then try to change the laws but it is not acceptable to violate or undermine the laws because of disagreement.


For laws in general, not just the drug laws, there may be exceptions to the usual legal process for abolishing or changing a law disagreed with, to bypass it and nullify it or change it by majority consent. Examples…

  • If an old law is outdated and should no longer be applied to modern society.
  • If a law was created out of abuse of power.
  • If the legal process for abolishing or changing a law has itself become corrupt.

…We the People should revolt, to include those in law enforcement, if the majority agree.

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