[QUOTE=ombugge;196038]The “War on Drugs” has been going on for years and cost US Tax payers Trillions, without any real effect on the trade, or on the number of new addicts every year.
If those same monies had been spent on free education and universal health care, the result may have been VERY different.
The cost of incarcerating millions of generally harmless users would have covered the cost of rehabilitation of those same users.
Sorry, un-American thinking again!! I will probably be banned from entering USA for venturing such thoughts.[/QUOTE]
We have education and healthcare here, and at the same time the most concentrated drug epidemic in North America, maybe in the West. There’s no magic bullet, but better mental health care and more opportunities in the rural and first nations parts of the countries would help: seems like all of their hard luck circles around the drain of Vancouver. Still I can’t help but focus my anger on the people who profit from it: the dealers, the kitchen-chemists, the organized crime, the smugglers. Am I really so wrong?