Not all drugs are created equal; some were created by God/the Universe and some created by man. Not all drugs are bad; many will take your life from you, but some drugs can give you your life back.
Both man made drugs and natural drugs have long histories, and have contributed to some of the best things to happen in the world and some of the worst.
Psychedelic drugs have been used in religious and spiritual ceremonies dating back to 1500BCE. In the late 50's and early 60's, psychedelic drug studies showed that LSD and psilocybin had potential to treat depression and anxiety. Then comes along the war on drugs in 68 with a government promise of a safer society.
Today the US leads the world in addiction and homelessness grew 2% from 2019 to 2020 nationally.
“You want to know what this [war on drugs] was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?
We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
~ John Ehrlichman, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon~
The evidence is in, the war on drugs is immoral. No one should be in jail for doing, possessing or selling drugs. It doesn't make society safer and in fact, it perpetuates drug use and crime. Need evidence, check out the videos on this page.
But we do desperately need better resources for addicts and loved ones of addicts.