War on Drugs Speech (Against)

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Good afternoon I propose today that we, as citizens of the United States, demand that all drugs be de-criminalized. With that being said, I do not want this to be taken as an argument for a “pro-drug” agenda and for the U.S. to become the next Amsterdam. I believe that the “war on drugs” does not benefit the society or the economy of the American people and that other means of drug prevention should be put into place. If nobody minds I would like to ask a few quick questions, By a show of hands: * How many of you have had a loved one who has been addicted to drugs? (Alcohol, Nicotine, Caffeine [if your body becomes dependent on it, it’s a drug]) * * How many of you have had a loved one who did drugs and never had a problem with it? * * How many of you have had a loved one who spent time in prison because of drug related incidents? I am not coming at this as somebody who is concerned about racial justice; I’m coming at this as somebody who is concerned about human rights. I am a human rights activist and when you are a human rights activist, and you look at the “war on drugs” in the united states you cant escape the fact that it is not just about human rights issues but also about racial justice. Things to expand on: * The United States is home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners, this is mainly because of the harsh consequences of a drug conviction. * Many of the 2.3 million people behind bars in this country are being punished for a drug offense. * If every American who has ever possessed illicit drugs were punished for it, the current president and nearly half of the U.S. population would have drug violations on their records. - In fact, the U.S. locks up more people for drug charges than all of Western Europe does for everything, and they have 100

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