Never has… never will…………
Drug prohibition in America simply isn't working in the USA anymore than the prohibition of alcohol did. The so called war on drugs would end instantly with the legalization, regulation, and taxation of the drugs that are currently in so high demand in the United States. I personally don't advocate the recreational use of drugs, with maybe the exception of Cannabis, but to keep drugs illegal is to maintain the outrageous profit margin of drug sales, and therefore the violence associated with illicit drug trafficking. Any astute businessman can see the solution….legalize drug use…regulate and tax the sale of those drugs, and the violence associated with drug trafficking will evaporate. Oh, and by the way DEA people, Cannabis is not a narcotic, as I see it so erroneously referred to by anti-drug law enforcement officers on all the anti drug television shows. Of course the DEA would oppose such common sense measures. One of the single biggest positive results of legalizing drug use would be the loss of the swollen DEA budget, which is in the billions. No self respecting upper echelon DEA official would ever admit the current drug war can not be won the way it's being waged, that would be like committing career suicide. The so-called War on Drugs money could and should then be targeted for rehabilitation of addicts, and other health concerns related to drug use. Drug use is health problem, and should be treated as such! The number of people in jail or prison as of this moment for the sale and possession of marijuana is in my opinion a crime. A crime perpetrated on American citizens by the federal government. The bottom line is this. Americans are demanding drugs, the drug cartels are making a huge profit by bringing the drugs into America, and the DEA is spending billions of dollars in a losing effort to stop the drugs from coming across the border. The positively infantile, and ignorant head-in-the-sand anti cannabis stance of the federal government continues to be ludicrous, especially when considering today's research based facts about the weed.
It's time for American citizens to legalize the stuff that's causing the problem. End the profit, tax the sales, and treat the addicts. We might even be able to start the trend towards balancing the budget, instead of burying the dead who lost their lives in the drug trade on both sides of the law. Sooner or later drugs will become legal in the USA, The violence associated with the drug trade will be gone, and anybody with a functioning brain will wonder why it did not happen a whole lot sooner.