Ron Paul: War on drugs undermines civil liberties

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 23:18 EDT
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Texas Rep. Ron Paul said during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate that the war on drugs should end.

After saying the border between Mexico and the U.S. needed to be secured and the welfare state needed to be rolled back, Paul described the war on drugs as “a total failure” that was overriding state laws.

“Why don’t we handle the drugs like we handle alcohol?” he said. “Alcohol is a deadly drug. The real deadly drugs are the prescription drugs. They kill a lot more people than the illegal drugs.”

“So, the drug war is out of control and I fear the drug war because it undermines our civil liberties,” Paul continued. “It magnifies our problems on the border. We spent over the last forty years like a trillion dollars on this war, and believe me the kids can still get the drugs. It just hasn’t worked.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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