June 18th, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the “war on drugs,” an initiative fueled by fear mongering and racism supposedly started to stop illegal drug use.
For cannabis, the war on drugs disproportionately targeted Black and brown communities, subjecting people to unjust prison sentences for possessing a medicinal substance.
Now, 50 years after this global campaign began, U.S. House Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman and Cori Bush have revealed a bill to decriminalize drug possession.
For harder drugs, like heroin and opioids, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year, destroying families and ruining lives.
According to data on Dual Diagnosis, 50% of all jail inmates have drug or alcohol addiction, while fewer than 10% receive treatment.
This means that inmates are sent out into the world without any resources or support to seek further help from their substance abuse.
It’s a vicious cycle that further villianizes non-violent offenders and sets them up for failure when trying to find jobs…