June 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a “war on drugs,” a war that has cost $1 trillion but produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs. The War on Drugs has been a war on communities of color. The racial disparities are staggering: Despite the fact that whites engage in drug offenses at a higher rate than blacks do, blacks are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate that is 10 times greater than that of whites. The ACLU is advocating for a more responsible drug policy in America. It’s time to end the unjust and unsuccessful War on Drugs.

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