Target: Michele Leonhart, Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency
Goal: Halt the persecution of drug users and end the use of deadly force in drug raids
Drugs are everywhere in our society, from the coffee that most people drink every morning to the alcohol that many drink every night. For reasons that are mainly political and economic, some drugs are illegal while others are not; and many of the ones that are illegal are also legally available as prescription drugs. It is hypocritical and contradictory to human nature to persecute users of particular drugs while allowing, and even encouraging, people to take different, socially acceptable drugs.
By waging war on drugs and drug users, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has created a whole world of violence that does not need to exist for any reason. With the threat of prison sentences and the use of deadly force, the DEA has pushed money into the hands of violent cartels for decades by creating a high risk, high reward industry. Because it is so dangerous to traffic drugs, the payoff for doing so is extremely high, and there are always hardened criminals willing to take such a risk for a big payout.
The shocking violence in Mexico in recent years is the direct result of U.S. policy. Due to the immense demand for illegal drugs in the U.S., Mexican cartels continue to make enormous profits by trafficking those drugs, and because of the DEA’s war, the cartels have taken up arms to defend their industry. What makes it even worse is that all of the weapons the cartels use against the Mexican people and the DEA come from the U.S., as Mexico has no arms manufacturers. So because of American drug demand, American drug enforcement, and lax American laws pertaining to firearms, the drug cartels in Mexico have become immensely rich, powerful, and deadly.
The fastest way to take power out of the hands of violent cartels is to end the war on drugs. As soon as the risk of drug trafficking drops, the payoff for drug trafficking will drop. Not only will cartels lose their business, but there will be less violence if there is no risk of DEA attacks. Statistics show that after 40 years of the drug war, Americans still use illegal drugs at the same – if not a higher – rate. The only thing that has changed is the amount of violence surrounding the drug trade, which has increased over the years along with attempts at enforcement. If we treat drug abuse as a medical issue instead of a criminal one, we can take power away from cartels, and end the violence surrounding the drug trade, while also reducing addiction. Sign the petition to demand that the DEA stop the violent persecution of drug users and the war against traffickers.
Dear Ms. Leonhart,
After 40 years of the war on drugs, Americans use illegal drugs at the same rate as before, and all that’s been accomplished is the enrichment of violent cartels, in Mexico and elsewhere. By creating a high risk industry with threats of violence and prison sentences, the DEA has greatly increased the payout for drug trafficking, leading to ever-increasing profits for cartels.
Mexican cartels are killing Mexican citizens with American bullets to keep control of the American drug market. The U.S. is entirely to blame for the horrific violence in Mexico, and the easiest and fastest way to reverse this trend is to stop the drug war. By reducing the risk of trafficking illegal drugs, the payoff for trafficking will drop dramatically, taking money and power out of the hands of violent cartels. Please stop this cycle of violence by stopping the war on drugs.
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