By any objective measure, the war on drugs is a failure. Over the past four decades, federal and state governments have poured an estimated $1 trillion into this effort. The regressive set of policies and policing practices that make up the drug war have failed to reduce drug use or availability. But what the drug war has successfully accomplished is driving up violent crime and crowding out more effective therapeutic solutions for dealing with drug addiction.
- Decriminalize drug possession.
- Legalize marijuana, automatically vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions, and undo the harm to communities devastated by the drug war.
- Decriminalize buprenorphine possession and ensure that every police officer and first responder carries naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses.
- Legalize safe injection sites and open locations throughout the United States.