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Shock Study: Police Arrest More People For Drugs Than All Violent Crimes — COMBINED

Published on October 16, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

 

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Claire Bernish

Police in the United States arrest more people for the nonviolent, utterly harmless non-crime of cannabis possession than for murder, rape, armed robbery — in fact, all violent crime — combined.

new study by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch exposes the absurdities of the war on drugs — like the fact on any given day, 137,000 people are stuck in a cage because they happened to possess a substance the government has deemed illegal — and a majority of them are stuck in jails awaiting a court date because they can’t afford to post bail.

“It’s been 45 years since the war on drugs was declared, and it hasn’t been a success,” Tess Borden, Human Rights Watch lead author, said in an interview, as quoted by the Washington Post. “Rates of drug use are not down. Drug dependency has not stopped. Every 25 seconds, we’re arresting someone for drug use.”

Police work largely centers around drug possession, as well, with constant and increasingly militarized raids on otherwise innocent people’s homes — but don’t mistake those guilty of having or using illicit substances for criminals — these generally law-abiding souls are victims of arbitrary legality, a condition not equatable to morality.

“Each day,” the report summary states, “tens of thousands more are convicted, cycle through jails and prisons, and spend extended periods on probation and parole, often burdened with crippling debt from court-imposed fines and fees. Their criminal records lock them out of jobs, housing, education, welfare assistance, voting, and much more, and subject them to discrimination and stigma. The cost to them and to their families and communities, as well as to the taxpayer, is devastating.”

Notably, the U.S. government’s drug war was initiated as a way to criminalize conditions impossible to deem illegal — anti-war leftists and African Americans.

John Daniel Ehrlichman, counsel and domestic policy chief to President Richard Nixon, told journalist Dan Baum in 1994, as published in Harper’s Magazine earlier this year,

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You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

Given this latest study, that Big, Fat Marijuana Lie has had enormously tragic consequences — and not, of course, limited to the original groups it targeted.

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