Steve Neavling ticklethewire.com
A former federal investigator called for the legalization of drugs during a Libertarian Party of Texas convention over the weekend, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Saying the war on drugs has spread needless violence and wasted billions of tax dollars, Sean Dunagan, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration, also told the audience that money would be better spent on prevention and treatment programs.
“There is a huge collateral impact by the drug war,” said Dunagan a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a Massachusetts-based group of law enforcement authorities who support the legalization of drugs, the paper reported. “We spend at the federal level about $26 billion a year fighting this war, and we really have nothing to show for it. Ten years ago, 8.3 percent of the population reported using illegal drugs. Today it’s 8.9 percent.”
While Dunagan said he does not advocate drug use, he believes the ban on drugs violates civil liberties, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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