Former Narcotics Agent: It’s Time To Call Off The War On Drugs
Found this story on the CurrentTV this morning;
Russ Jones, who has spent more than 30 years fighting the War On Drugs, has something to say about his life’s work: it is a complete failure that should be ended. “The U.S. over the last four decades has spent $1 trillion of our tax dollars, made 38 million nonviolent drug arrests and quadrupled our prison population,” Jones said, reports columnist Tom Barnidge of the Contra Costa Times. “And the rate of addiction today, 1.3 percent, is the same as it was in 1970, when we started.”
Jones, 64, spoke to the Martinez Rotary Club last week on behalf of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a volunteer organization of 15,000 former judges, prosecutors, federal agents and police officers working for the end of drug prohibition. He wasn’t specifically promoting California’s Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana in the state, but he said he welcomed any advancement toward the larger goal of legalizing and regulating all controlled substances. Jones said he began to question the War On Drugs while working undercover on setting up major drug busts. He still has copies of the front-page newspaper headlines. “The district attorney would announce that a major blow had been dealt to the drug network,” Jones said.
“Then what would follow is some new drug dealer would take the old dealer’s place.” The same pattern was repeated so often that narcotics officers winced whenever the district attorney claimed a “victory” over drugs, according to Jones.
“When I arrested a rapist or robber, the community was safer,” Jones said. “When I arrested a drug dealer, all I did was create a job opening.”
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