The War on Drugs. The war on the poor and addicted. The war on freedom.
Justified denial by politicians and pundits has fueled a long needed controversial conversation. Stigmatizing, victim blaming, and sidestepping the issue will come to an end. The choice should be yours to use or not use drugs as you want. Exploitation of people’s right to choose will no longer be considered an option. Caging Americans with antiquated laws for petty drug offenses is inferior policy. Exorbitant corporate profit gained from imprisoning human beings is wrong. Our entire thought process towards this systemic issue must change.
Reclassification of Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug under the Nixon Administration foretold a catastrophic rise in the prisoner population. Fomentation of the War on Drugs in the early 80’s by the Reagan Administration saw our black and brown brothers and sisters into cages at abnormally higher rates. Legislation written by special interests continues the long dark road of family despair and prolonged imprisonment in many unneeded cases. Learning these examples as steadfast trademarks of racism is important. Innocent until proven guilty is a fallacy.