More Thoughts On The Drug War….

“Alcohol didn’t cause the high crime rates of the ‘20s and ‘30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today’s alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does…. Trying to wage war on 23 million Americans who are obviously very committed to certain recreational activities is not going to be any more successful than Prohibition was.”
– Judge James Paine
U.S. District Court
Source: address to the Florida Bar Association in Miami, November, 1991
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Paine.Quote.9FBB


“Some police chiefs for years have warned that we are “militarizing” our nation’s police. “Smart bombs” are used to enter drug dens. Officers are clad in paramilitary garb including battle helmets. Armored “urban” assault vehicles are tactically utilized on city streets. Cops are trained in military tactics. You cannot train officers in such a manner and then expect them to behave like “Officer Friendly” …. The FBI is an investigatory agency. Originally, they weren’t even armed. Why are lawyers and accountants being transformed into G.I. Joes? When such occurs we come dangerously close to establishing a National Police Force, something not intended by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.”
– Police Chief James J. Kouri
First Vice President National Association of Chiefs of Police
Source: Letter To The American Spectator, April, 1996
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Kouri.Quote.1560


“Thanks to the war on drugs, nearly 700,000 people were arrested in the United States for possession of marijuana in 1997, while 400,000 currently sit in prison for drug crimes — more than the entire prison population of Britain, Germany and Belgium — for what is a consensual act. Nearly $35 billion a year is spent on arresting, prosecuting and jailing drug criminals in the US — $400 million in Canada — to hammer at a crime which essentially harms no one but the drug user.”
– Steven Martinovich
Source: The Tainted Truth, REALMENSCH April 30, 1999
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Steven.Martinovich.Quote.61C6

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