War on Drugs a Trillion-Dollar Failure

I've been saying this for years and it would appear as though some of the most influential people in the world, including, but not limited to, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and former president Bill Clinton feel the same way. Prohibition on drugs has failed and we, as a country, need to come up with a better solution. Not only does the prohibition of drugs almost single-handedly empower drug lords, gangs and terrorism, it also reduces the average citizen's respect for the law. Having drugs like alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs, which have a much more dramatic negative impact on American society, remain legal while we continue to ban only a select few sends a hypocritical message. The most important aspect of this argument is that the U.S. leads the world in illegal drug use with about 9% of the population composing that figure; over 22 million people as of 2010, but we are supposedly at the forefront of the so called "War on Drugs". Go here to sign the petition to find a better way.

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