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Thanks to the war on drugs, nearly 700,000 people were arrested in the United States for possession of marijuana in 1997, while 400,000 currently sit in prison for drug crimes—more than the entire prison population of Britain, Germany and Belgium—for what is a consensual act. Nearly $35 billion a year is spent on arresting, prosecuting and jailing drug criminals in the US--$400 million in Canada—to hammer at a crime which essentially harms no one but the drug user.
Steven Martinovich (more quotes by Steven Martinovich or books by/about Steven Martinovich)
The Tainted Truth, REALMENSCH April 30, 1999