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Opinion: Is the War on Drugs Over?

Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and even Obama have been all over the media and news on their opinions with the war on drugs and telling us what their position is on it. So does this mean the war on drugs is over? World leaders are increasingly taking the debate over ending the war on drugs seriously.

Is the War on Drugs Over?: Rick Perry

“I am not for legalization of drugs,” Perry said. “We certainly would never jump out in front of a parade because that’s where the public seems to be going.” Rick Perry didn’t call for decriminalization; which would be a less severe step that substitutes criminal consequences for drug possession with the rough comparison of a parking ticket. Perry did focus on his state’s continuous use of drug court. Drug court is an alternative to sending people to jail or prison and offers them some sort of treatment.

Is the War on Drugs Over?: Chris Christie

Chris Christie spoke out on his objective to end the failed war on drugs. He stated: “We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth:  every life has value and no life is disposable.”

Is the War on Drugs Over?: Bobby Jindal

Governor Bobby Jindal said that he would be open to the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in Louisiana under the conditions that the patients are being closely observed by a doctor and the distribution of the marijuana is securely controlled. “He would be open to making medical marijuana available under strict circumstances,” Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said, after the governor first mentioned being open to the move at a Wednesday press conference. Medical marijuana while being supervised by a doctor would be the only exception, and Jindal is against the legalization of marijuana in any other forms.

Is the War on Drugs Over? Obama                   

“We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing,” the president said. Obama continued on to say, “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.” Obama’s administration announced that it wouldn’t halt the legalization in U.S. States for recreational use of marijuana; recreational pot has already been legalized in Colorado and Washington.

With all of these different opinions from political figures, the question remains: is the war on drugs finally over? In my opinion, it is definitely at a point where we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I think just the talk of changing laws for people who are caught with drugs in their possession or any kind of drug charge and not going to jail sounds so much better. To help addicts and alcoholics get better you have to let them go through treatment or give them a chance to recover. With the jails and prisons being overpopulated and the epidemics on overdosing, let’s hope the changes within the laws and the actions on the war on drugs takes place soon! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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