An excerpt from a blog on The Hartford Courant’s website:
But in the United States the drug reform movement is sharply focused on marijuana and not on drug prohibition as a whole. Unfortunately, this focus ignores three other longstanding and devastating social issues.
- First, drug war policies have needlessly taken potential taxpayers out of the community and spent tax money to keep them in prison.
- Second, twenty million children have been orphaned because one or both parents have been sent to prison on drug related charges.
- Third, in that process of economic and family disintegration, public and higher education have been dramatically shortchanged.
As a result, billions of dollars that could have funded education and health care have been consumed by law enforcement for punishment that has worsened community safety and health. Inner city business investment has been thwarted. We have taken countless young people out of our community on drug charges and wonder why they and their contemporaries no longer have faith in our criminal justice system. Our children are not stupid; they see two forms of justice, one for the well-connected, and one for the poor. Society will pay for this perception of injustice for decades to come.