Greek media mogul Arianna Huffington penned the article: "This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science" on The Huffington Post yesterday, that examines the continuing drug war.
As Huffington writes: "The drug war is an all-out disaster that has inflicted an untold amount of unnecessary human suffering. Therefore, as a first step toward ending this failed war, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of pot."
The bestselling author states that humans at times can't contain two thoughts at once; when they counter each other, but also when they seem to be conflicting, yet in reality are not. She believes that this habit must be surpassed when considering the drug debate.
Huffington adds, "There is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on the development of adolescent brains, and for users of any age who end up abusing the drug. So, as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm".
Over the past fifteen years, Huffington has been speaking and writing about abolishing the harmful war on drugs. She is relieved that the marijuana drug war is at last, subsiding. The intellectual Greek states, "Drug offenders make up fully half of our massive inmate population. Of those, nearly 28 percent are locked up for marijuana-related offenses. In 2012 some 658,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession, and fighting marijuana use alone costs federal and state governments $20 billion a year. And the targets of the war on drugs have disproportionately been people of color. African Americans, for instance, make up 14 percent of habitual drug users yet constitute 37 percent of those arrested on drug charges."
Huffington claims that science should be placed at the forefront of the legalization of marijuana. She believes that, "One of the worst things about the drug war is the way its proponents ignore the facts in favor of dogma. Let's not make the same mistake as we move toward legalization."
The successful author references experts in the field and offers case studies backing up her claim. Huffington's informative article can be read in full at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/this-is-your-brain-on-legal-drugs_b_5628610.html.
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