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Response to tridim (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 3, 2013, 06:18 PM

62. Here the MPP take on 2013

http://www.mpp.org/media/press-releases/obama-administration.html

"While significant portions of the budget are dedicated to harm reduction and abuse prevention programs, many of the “drug war” methods that have proven ineffective over the last 40 years — particularly those used to enforce marijuana prohibition — will likely see funding increases this year. Domestic law enforcement is slated to receive $9.4 billion, a $61.4 million increase from last year. The Department of Defense Domestic Counterdrug support program will get nearly $150 million this year, a $124 million increase. Over $4.5 billion will be spent on federal incarceration of drug users and distributors. In addition, the Obama administration has requested the revival of the Youth Drug Prevention Media Program with a $20 million budget. Studies have shown that this program had the opposite of the intended effect on teens, and Congress allocated no money for the program last year."

"The budget intentionally undercounts the federal government's expenditures on incarcerating drug offenders, who comprise more than half of the federal prison population. And the budget dangerously proposes a massive escalation in using the military to fight drugs domestically. "

Here's the 2013 National Drug Control Policy Strategy Statement: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/2013-national-drug-control-strategy

So, you can look at the numbers yourself, compared to the Bush term.

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