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This advertisement appeared in the National Review, the The New Republic, the Weekly Standard, The Nation, Reason Magazine, the the American Prospect, and The Progressive in the spring of 2002.

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Are We Addicted to Drug War Money?
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Government Agencies
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Virtually every part of the federal government gets a piece of the $20 billion annual drug war budget.1
Prison Industry
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The US spends $50 billion annually on prisons. One-quarter of prisoners are drug offenders.2
Treatment Industry
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US Courts force more than 200,000 a year into drug treatment. 37% of all drug treatment admissions are mandated by the courts. 57.1% of marijuana treatment admissions are court mandated.3
Testing Industry
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The $5.9 billion drug testing industry should be replaced with impairment testing. Discovering marijuana use a week ago is as irrelevant as finding beer drinking a week ago.4
Pharmaceuticals
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Profits are protected from medical marijuana competition.
Alcoholic Beverages
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Profits are protected from social marijuana competition.
Banks
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Banks process billions in drug money. When asked in court how a major bank reacted to his arriving at the airport with $20 million in small bills, the courier responded, "They sent a limousine."
Military Suppliers and Contractors
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Manufacturers of herbicides, helicopters and military contractors (mercenaries) profit from the $2 Billion spent annually on foreign interventions in the name of the War on Drugs.5

Drug Trafficking represents eight percent of the world's trade, an untaxed and unregulated $400 Billion annually.6

Kevin B. Zeese, President, Common Sense for Drug Policy
3220 N Street NW #141, Washington, DC 20007
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1 National Drug Control Strategy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, February 2002, pp. 29-31 reports a $19.18 Billion budget for FY2003. Some costs are not included, e.g. the cost of military personnel fighting the drug war.
2 Gifford, Sidra Lea, US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Justice Expenditure and Employment in the United States, 1999" (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, February 2002), Table 3, p. 4; Beck, et al., US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Prisoners in 2000" (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, August 2001), pp. 1-2.
3 Treatment Episodes Data Set (TEDS) 1999, Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, "Admissions by primary substance, according to treatment characteristics," October 2001, Tables 3, 4 & 8.
4 "The American Way," Marianno Costantinou, San Francisco Chronicle, August 12, 2001, citing Standard & Poors data.
5 National Drug Control Strategy, ONDCP, Feb. 2002, pp. 29-31 reports $1.894 Billion spent by DOD and Dept. of State on the drug war. Some funds for intelligence, INTERPOL, ONDCP and the DEA are used internationally.
6 United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, "Economic and Social Consequences of Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking" (New York, NY: UNODCCP, 1998), p. 3.

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