I really wish enough people would finally care about this issue (well, at least my comments are getting some ‘like action’).
Typically, Obama has granted clemency to 40 or 50 inmates a month. In this case, 67 of the 214 inmates had been sentenced to life in prison. Almost all of those released from their sentences on Wednesday had been convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, according to the White House.
My comment there echoed here for your urgently needed awareness and reading convenience:
Millions of non-violent (sanely innocent) citizens have been ruined to varying degrees by the war on (some politicized) drugs.
This trickle of judicial relief is nice from the man who, as a presidential candidate, righteously declared that war to be an “utter failure”.
Apparently the “most powerful man in the world” cannot pull enough weight to shut down one of the flagrantly grossest scams in American history.
Meanwhile, there’s no concrete (credible) evidence proving we live in even a slightly more “drug free” America as a result of that demonstrable ruining (including the absence of a “drug free” prison system, for maturely crying out loud), while taxpayers spend (waste) billions of dollars annually (so causing more harm by terrible resource allocation).
And it’s all facially unconstitutional to any rational (so fair, so just) person applying proper judicial scrutiny in the “land of the free” (i.e. sadly virtually nobody these judicially worsening days).
Alcohol Prohibition required a federal constitutional amendment, but Certain Drug Prohibition (if you will) “mysteriously” did not, because the Commerce Clause (i.e. “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”) was repeatedly upheld by the Supreme Court to ban (not regulate) the mere possession of a plant, for prime example. That’s after our highest court facially illegally redefined that clause from ‘regulate commerce’ to ‘regulate any activity having a substantial effect on commerce’, and still irrationally applied that illegality to ban (not regulate) activities involving certain drug use.
What literally nobody else is talking about is the fact that your thought activity — which literally determines all of your buying and selling decisions — always rationally has a substantial effect on commerce, so Congress (for logical, so just, consistency) has (illegally sanctioned) judicial approval to regulate your thought activity (a reasonably quickly approaching technological possibility, as expressed in mainstream scientific circles) in a nation supposedly obliged to justly uphold a self-evident and unalienable right to liberty.
Drug prohibition addiction is ironically the real drug epidemic and scourge, while our government’s own publications consistently show less than 1% of the population suffers from “illicit” drug abuse (as clearly distinct from use, as even verified by the Controlled Substances Act itself, which concludes the “most dangerous” drugs have a “high potential for abuse”).
Freedom requires a sufficiently powerful and mature public intervention to finally put it stop to the blatantly sanctioned thuggery, because without that public heroism in the “home of the brave”, anyone of us (including someone you care about) could be the next innocent victim among the many millions more of them.
Drug abuse is a health, not criminal, issue.
How many more decades of this armed insanity must “We the people” embrace?
I believe that depends upon whether or not the mainstream media finally does its journalistically ethical job and challenges prohibition legitimacy. Once the “cat is out of the bag”, Certain Drug Prohibition falls like the Berlin Wall.