I agree the drug was is a terrible thing that has destroyed the lives of MILLIONS. It has turned this country into a police state as you say above. There is alot of money to be made in buliding prisons, hiring guards, prinson psychologists, body armor for swat teams, machine guns, political elections(candidates who are anti-drug war are seen as pro-drug and cannot be elected beause or the "moral majority"), news media coverage, and so on. So i don't see it ending anytime soon. Any1 who thought Obama would do so is just not living in reality, you don't get to that level by being against the profiteers. The only way it will end is by revolution, or agonizingly long years of legal measures-which i have little faith in. America is absolutely not a free country.
The prime issue in the drug war and what keeps it going other than the profiting, is the belief that someone has a right to assert their morality on others. Unfortunately this world is full of such dictatorial egotistical maniacs. If someone wants to ingest drugs thats their choice. If it harms their family thats an unfortunate result of it but is a reality. People who are going to beat their families are most likely going to engage in violent behavior anyway, they are already bad. It is your right to do whatever you want to yourself, including killing yourself, as long as you don't infringe on someone else's ability to do whatever they want without hurting someone else physically. Lots of people use drugs responsibly without harming anyone but themselves-and with some drugs such as cannabis, we are now learning the harm is nowhere near as bad as we thought it was. Don't blame the substance, accept responsibility for yoru actions. Accept some responsibility. Did prohibition of alcohol work? No, it created al capone and the alochol mob. What we have now is the mexian mob, but with billions instead of millions, rocket launchers and tanks instead of tommy guns and gangster cars. What the moral authoritativists have created is truly criminal. What keeps them going is lack of information. Many do not have access to the recent AP article on the drug war, or other FACTUAL information. People like Bill O'reilly continue to tell them its right to assert your moral compass on others, that more troops at the border will end the violence when use will never end. Fortunately for Bill, emotional appeal sways more minds than logical argument.
To demonstrate the absurdity of the drug war look at the facts. Alcohol kills thousands, prescription drugs kill thousands, ciggarettes kill thousands, all illegal drugs combined kill barely a fraction of these totals. Marijuana kills noone, its impossible to overdose on, and is being found to be more and more a treatment to many debilitating diseases everyday. Does big alcohol and big tobbacco have an interest in keeping drugs illegal? Bet the house on it. Is the DARE program ineffective? Bet the house on it. Does big pharma, the police state, politicians, alcohol and tobbacco have an interest in keeping marijuana iillegal? bet the house on it.