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Hans
07-14-2015, 09:07 PM
Looking to capitalize on an usual political moment that unites him with some of his fiercest conservative rivals, President Barack Obama on Tuesday made a case for overhauling aspects of a criminal justice system that has locked away millions of Americans -- many of them of young black men -- for non-violent crimes.

During a fiery speech at the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia, Obama declared the current U.S. justice system "remains particularly skewed by race and by wealth," and called for legislation that would minimize, or eliminate altogether, minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/14/politics/obama-naacp-speech-philadelphia-justice-reform/index.html

This is such a simple issue I can't believe nobody has talked about it: legalize all drugs, fix the prices, and crime will come to a grinding halt.
As a side effect organized crime will be dealt a big blow by taking away a large portion of their income.
And as a bonus you get to collect taxes on all sold drugs!

Barry Morris
07-14-2015, 09:09 PM
Looking to capitalize on an usual political moment that unites him with some of his fiercest conservative rivals, President Barack Obama on Tuesday made a case for overhauling aspects of a criminal justice system that has locked away millions of Americans -- many of them of young black men -- for non-violent crimes.

During a fiery speech at the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia, Obama declared the current U.S. justice system "remains particularly skewed by race and by wealth," and called for legislation that would minimize, or eliminate altogether, minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/14/politics/obama-naacp-speech-philadelphia-justice-reform/index.html

This is such a simple issue I can't believe nobody has talked about it: legalize all drugs, fix the prices, and crime will come to a grinding halt.
As a side effect organized crime will be dealt a big blow by taking away a large portion of their income.
And as a bonus you get to collect taxes on all sold drugs!

Remember Prohibition??

Bluesky
07-15-2015, 10:28 AM
You're comparing Prohibition with legalizing drugs??

RWGR
07-15-2015, 11:37 AM
The comparison only works if one is trying to show that even if certain things are illegal a certain percentage of the population will find a way around the restrictions.

Hans
07-15-2015, 08:33 PM
The problem is this is a large issue with no solution available.
It also is a major source of income for many criminal organizations.
And it is a costly addiction.

The only true solution is legalize and control, cutting out the criminals and forcing down the cost.
The war on drugs does not work. All those who think it has/does are not paying attention.
The cost for this war on drugs is very high, with very little to actually show for.

Time for a new plan.