The problem with the US ‘war on drugs’ is that drugs won before it even started. Prohibition of alcohol didn’t work out (and in fact spawned more organized crime than most anything else), what genius thought criminalization of other drugs would?
The only way the ‘war on drugs’ is going to have anything resembling a positive end is through capitulation. Think about it: organized crime gets cut off at the knees since users can get their substances of choice at Walgreen’s, prison overcrowding becomes a thing of the past, drug-related deaths go way down due to better-controlled dosing by the pharmacies, the social attitude towards addiction becomes more understanding and reasonable (promoting actual rehabilitation instead of ridiculous punishments – did you know that people who get caught with a dimebag of crack get a minimum sentence about as long as the average time rapists serve?). Sure, it’ll be easier for people to get a fix, but at the same time having everything aboveboard will make addiction treatment both easier and more accessible.
Besides, you do know you’re talking about sending roughly half of the total population of the US to Guantanamo, right? Not just hippies, burgerflippers, and pizza drivers either: musicians, actors, lawyers, doctors, politicians, educators, you name it, they’ve done it. I have to admit it’d be rather poetic to see a certain junkie by the name of Rush Limbaugh getting waterboarded; but there are some things I would not wish on my worst enemy, let alone hordes of people whose private lives have absolutely no effect on mine.
As for drug tests… hope you like needles and specimen cups, because if you get your wish they’ll become fixtures of your life. 420 blood draws & urine tests everyday.