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Jason Beaulieu English 101 30 January 2002 The Drug War How many people have heard about the Drug War the US is supposedly fighting A few months ago in another class we were asked whether we thought Marijuana should be legalized in class and seven people were against legalizing it six were for it and four were undecided Those numbers are pretty close and could have gone either way if the undecided had picked one side or the other Much of the drug war puts Marijuana users away There are many arguments for and against the Drug War that the US is trying to fight and much of it pertains to the mandatory minimum sentencing the US has and the cost of keeping drug users in jail The number one reason why I believe we should stop the so called drug war in this country is that the government is spending to much of our taxes to fight a losing battle I have not seen any results in this fight and believe it is a waste of time and money There are many ways the government is wasting our money on this fight Former President Bill Clinton gave hundreds of billions of dollars to Columbia and other countries governments to help stop drugs from coming into the US These countries governments probably receive money from the drug dealers in there country to sell drugs in the US Then before Bill Clinton left office he pardoned a number of drug users including his half brother Although I agree with letting these people go I find it a bit hypocritical Another way the government is spending our taxes is by allowing outrageous laws and mandatory minimum sentences that lock tens of thousands of people up for possession longer then someone who rapes or murders someone According to the US Justice Department Bureau of Prison Statistics about 60 of federal prisoners are drug
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