Now that Colorado and Washington have legalised the recreational use of marijuana, and several more states are poised to do the same, it is clear that the dominoes are falling on the war on drugs. Each successful reform has inspired waves of interest and support around the US and the rest of the world. As voters have become accustomed to living in a world with legal marijuana, more and more people have begun to realise that the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it’s illegal.
But ending the war on drugs is not about making life easier for pot smokers. It is not a cause supported only by hippies. It is not a stamp of approval for drug users.
Ending the war on drugs is about giving our full attention to the countless murders, rapes, and burglaries that police have not had the time or resources to solve. It is about saving the tens of thousands of people killed by the cartels in Mexico. It is about protecting the rights and privacy of citizens in their own homes. It is about recognising that prohibition has always been and will always be a costly, dangerous, and authoritarian mistake.
How many people have died?
How many billions of tax-dollars have been wasted?
Has prohibition ever worked at all?
In this informative and engaging infographic video from the Foundation for Economic Education, find the answers to all these questions and more. If you live in a jurisdiction where marijuana legalisation is being debated, spread these facts around. The cost of the war on drugs has become too great to ignore. Bit by bit, the tide is turning against prohibition, and only we can keep that ball rolling.