Cocaine is not as bad as Americans have been taught. Cocaine is like super charged coffee. It is not nearly as addictive as people claim. It's no more addictive than Marijuana or Coffee.

Marijuana is quickly becoming defacto legal in America. Between 1996 and 2018, 29 states in the U.S. have passed legislation allowing for medical marijuana to be prescribed by physicians, with nine other states allowing the use of recreational pot by adults ages 21 and up. It's been quite the shift in a relatively short amount of time. It's clear the prohibition against Marijuana is on its last legs. When we get rid of that prohibition, we should also legalize cocaine.

Marijuana is legal for adult recreational use in eight states. California, the world's largest market and the 8th biggest economy in the entire world, started its recreational sales on Jan. 1. Twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana. In the three states where adult use has been legal for the longest period of time – Colorado, Washington and Oregon – there had been a combined total of $1.3 billion in tax receipts.

Expansion of legalization within the U.S. has been made possible because of the American public's growing acceptance of marijuana. When Gallup questioned the public in 1995, just 25% favored the idea of national legalization. However, by October 2017, support had jumped to an all-time high of 64%. Even though pot remains a Schedule I drug at the federal level, it's put pressure on more progressive states to legalize the drug in some capacity.

Reversing the Marijuana prohibition is creating a huge new tax base for Americans. Whereas the drug cartels used to get all that money, now the States who have legalized Marijauna are getting the cash benefits.

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States in the next decade, according to a new study. New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and payroll deductions.

"When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know where is there an additional revenue stream, and one of the most logical places is to go after cannabis and cannabis taxes," said Beau Whitney, a senior economist at New Frontier Data.

The analysis shows that if marijuana were fully legal in all 50 states, it would create at least a combined $131.8 billion in in federal tax revenue between 2017 and 2025. That is based on an estimated 15 percent retail sales tax, payroll tax deductions and business tax revenue.

Nancy Reagan was a massive Addict of many things - pills, sex, alcohol, cocaine, crack.... Nancy did all those stupid anti-drug PSA's and came up with the anti-drug program in the US because she was trying to obscure her own drug addictions.

Here's your brains, here's your bains on drugs... wow that fried egg looks delicious... when your high, it looks even more DELICIOUS!!!!!

The Peruvians and South Americans use cocaine as medicine. Cocaine is made from Coca leaves. South Americans chew the leaves in order to get a coffee high.

They make tea out of the leaves to deal with altitude sickness. I've personally taken the tea and chewed the leaves. It does help you acclimatize to the altitude.

These medicinal properties of cocaine were the reason Cocaine was included in Coca-Cola - which is itself named after the Coca Leaves from which cocaine is distilled.

During early attempts of the prohibition of alcohol, many encouraged people to drink cocaine, as a medicine or in the form of the fountain drink Coca-Cola. Some might try to downplay this now by saying it was in small amounts though cocaine was pretty much the main ingredient.

Up until the 1910s Cocaine was sold as medicine over the counter. "Patent medicines", like these Cocaine Toothache Drops, were very popular and required no prescription; they were indeed "For sale by all druggists."

Shakespear was noted to have used Cocaine. A chemical analysis of clay pipes from the 17th century, including some found near the Bard's Stratford-upon-Avon home, have shown traces of cocaine, hallucinogenics and compounds created by burning cannabis.

It we made both Cocaine and Marijuana legal, we'd destroy the international illuminati drug trade. MS-13 and the other narco-terrorists rely on our insane drug laws to make their businesses profitable. Their two biggest souces of revenue are Marijuana and Cocaine. If both were legal they would lose 95% of their money and quickly collapse. We could end the horrors of narco-terrorism througout Mexico and South America. Recently, a judge in Brazil suggested legalizing both Cocaine and Marijuana in order to break the drug gangs. He remarked: "I'm not sure if my proposal for legalisation will work, but I'm sure that the war on drugs has not." He added, "we cannot just keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again."

Sure... drugs are dangerous. But so are many other activities we don't even think twice about. In recent years, about 40 people per year have died from skiing or snowboarding accidents; almost 800 from bicycle accidents; several thousand from drowning in swimming pools; more than 20,000 per year from pharmaceuticals; more than 30,000 annually from auto accidents; and at least 38,000 from excessive alcohol use. Few people want to ban these goods, mainly because while harmful when misused, they provide substantial benefit to most people in most circumstances.

Economics 101 basics: Prohibiting a good does not eliminate the market for that good. Prohibition may shrink the market, by raising costs and therefore price, but even under strongly enforced prohibitions, a substantial black market emerges in which production and use continue. And black markets generate numerous unwanted side effects.

Black markets increase violence because buyers and sellers can't resolve disputes with courts, lawyers, or arbitration, so they turn to guns instead. Black markets generate corruption, too, since participants have a greater incentive to bribe police, prosecutors, judges, and prison guards. They also inhibit quality control, which causes more accidental poisonings and overdoses.

When you criminalize a drug for which there is a large market, it doesn't disappear. The trade is simply transferred from off-licenses, pharmacists and doctors to armed criminal gangs. In order to protect their patch and their supply routes, these gangs tool up — and kill anyone who gets in their way. You can see this any day on the streets of a poor part of London or Los Angeles, where teenage gangs stab or shoot each other for control of the 3000 percent profit margins on offer. Now imagine this process taking over an entire nation, to turn it into a massive production and supply route for the Western world's drug hunger. That is what Mexico and much of South and Central America has become.

There is no way to win a drug war. Fighting drugs is not equivalent to fighting Nazi's in WWII. WWII was about fighting NAZIS, the so called "Drug War" is a war against economics itself. If you knock out the leaders of a drug gang, you don't eradicate demand, or supply. You simply trigger a fresh war for control of the now-vacant patch. The violence creates more violence. Killing drug dealers actually leads to more violence because it creates gang wars to reestablish control.

This is precisely what happened when the United States prohibited alcohol. A ban produced a vicious rash of criminal gangs to meet the popular demand, and they terrorized the population and bribed the police. Now a thousand Mexican Al Capones are claiming their billions and waving their guns.

Like Capone, the drug gangs love the policy of prohibition. Michael Levine, who had a thirty year career as one of America's most distinguished federal narcotics agents, penetrated to the very top of la Mafia Cruenza, one of the biggest drug-dealing gangs in the world in the 1980s. Its leaders told him "that not only did they not fear our war on drugs, they actually counted on it... On one undercover tape-recorded conversation, a top cartel chief, Jorge Roman, expressed his gratitude for the drug war, calling it ‘a sham put on the American tax-payer' that was ‘actually good for business'.

As Marijuana has become legal throughout the US, the Cartels are making less and less money from the drug trade. They are transporting less and less drugs into the US.

The bottom line: Even if hard drugs carry greater health risks than marijuana, rationally, we can't ban them without comparing the harm from prohibition against the harms from drugs themselves. What's more, prohibition creates health risks that wouldn't exist in a legal market. Because prohibition raises heroin prices, users have a greater incentive to inject because this offers a bigger bang for the buck. Plus, prohibition generates restrictions on the sale of clean needles (because this might "send the wrong message"). Many users therefore share contaminated needles, which transmit HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. In 2010, 8 percent of new HIV cases in the United States were attributed to IV drug use.

Prohibition enforcement also encourages infringements on civil liberties, such as no-knock warrants (which have killed dozens of innocent bystanders) and racial profiling (which generates much higher arrest rates for blacks than whites despite similar drug use rates). It also costs a lot to enforce prohibition, and it means we can't collect taxes on drugs; my estimates suggest U.S. governments could improve their budgets by at least $85 billion annually by legalizing — and taxing — all drugs. U.S. insistence that source countries outlaw drugs means increased violence and corruption there as well (think Columbia, Mexico, or Afghanistan).

It's also critical to analyze whether prohibition actually reduces drug use; if the effects are small, then prohibition is virtually all cost and no benefit.

On that question, available evidence is far from ideal, but none of it suggests that prohibition has a substantial impact on drug use. States and countries that decriminalize or medicalize see little or no increase in drug use. And differences in enforcement across time or place bear little correlation with uses.

In 2001 Portugal decriminalized all drugs and they actually found drug use decline after the legalized them. A nationwide law in Portugal took effect in 2001 that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. None of the nightmare scenarios touted by preenactment decriminalization opponents - from rampant increases in drug usage among the young to the transformation of Lisbon into a haven for "drug tourists" - has occurred. Decriminalization has become increasingly popular in Portugal since 2001.

It's high time for America to reconsider it's insane drug policies. The opiod crisis in America has shown us that drug issues are not just a ghetto problem. Drug addiction is now a central problemm for black AND WHITE americans. It's time we thought about the drug issue clearly and straightforwardly.

Data in Portugal indicates that decriminalization has had no adverse effect on drug usage rates in Portugal, which, in numerous categories, are now among the lowest in the EU, particularly when compared with states with stringent criminalization regimes. Although postdecriminalization usage rates have remained roughly the same or even decreased slightly when compared with other EU states, drug-related pathologies — such as sexually transmitted diseases and deaths due to drug usage - have decreased dramatically. Drug policy experts attribute those positive trends to the enhanced ability of the Portuguese government to offer treatment programs to its citizens - enhancements made possible, for numerous reasons, by decriminalization.

Ironically, it's been proven that the greatest use of cocaine per capita in the US happens in our capital Washington DC. Water studies showed higher uses of cocaine in Washington DC than New York City or Los Angeles.

Cocaine is being treated by young Americans the way Marijuana was in the 1990s. The number of young Americans who admitted to trying cocaine for the first time increased a whopping 61 percent from 2013 to 2015, the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health found. As young Americans try cocaine and realize it's not the frying pan on your brain Nancy Reagan said it was, they're getting more and more used to cocaine. According to that survey, 1 in 20 American adults ages 18 to 25 used the drug in 2015, with the highest percentage concentrated in the Northeast. In New Hampshire, more than 10 percent of young adults used cocaine in 2015.

Since 2000, the United States has sent Bogota more than $10 billion in counternarcotics and security assistance through "Plan Colombia." All that money goes nowhere. Much of it is stolen by corrupt government officials. All the money we spend on the Drug War is a waste. It is usually stolen. Most of the Colombian cocaine is smuggled through Mexico by the country's powerful drug cartels creating violence throughout south America.

Heroin was legal in the US until the 1930s as Laudanum (Heroin mixed with alcohol). Laudanum has been used as a medicine since the 1600s. As one researcher has noted: "To understand the popularity of a medicine that eased coughing, diarrhaea and pain, one only has to consider the living conditions at the time". By the 19th century, laudanum was used in many patent medicines to "relieve pain ... to produce sleep ... to allay irritation ... to check excessive secretions ... to support the system ... [and] as a soporific".[7][8] The limited pharmacopoeia of the day meant that opium derivatives were among the most effective of available treatments, so laudanum was widely prescribed for ailments from colds to meningitis to cardiac diseases, in both adults and children. Laudanum was used during the yellow fever epidemic.

Around the time of WWI, the illuminati created campaigns like alcohol's prohibition to eliminate both Heroin (in the form of Laundanum) and cocaine from America. The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 restricted the manufacture and distribution of opiates, including laudanum, and coca derivatives in the US. This was followed by France's Loi des stupéfiants in 1916, and Britain's Dangerous Drugs Act in 1920.

The reason all these drugs became prohibited is the Illuminati wanted to make more money from the drug trade. Illegal drugs meant higher prices for their illuminati drug dealers. They also wanted to make people suffer.

Despite that, Laudanum remained as a medicine and could be presribed by a doctor like Alcohol during prohibition until 1970. In 1970, the US adopted the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which regulated opium tincture (Laudanum) as a Schedule II substance (currently DEA #9630), placing even tighter controls on the drug. BTW, Marijuana was classified as Schedule I in the same act. The fact that the government told everyone that Marijuana was far more dangerous than heroin just shows how corrupt the Drug Laws are.

Prior to 1914, laudanum was sold without a pres- cription. Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's most famous poem, "Kubla Khan," was written after an intense laudanum-induced dream; poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning largely depended on laudanum to function; and Lord Byron's daughter, the celebrated mathematician Ada Lovelace, claimed laudanum calmed her overactive mind. Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and many others were all known to have used laudanum.

By the 1800s laudanum was widely available - it could be easily purchased from pubs, grocers, barber shops, tobacconists, pharmacies, and even confectioners. The drug was often cheaper than alcohol, making it affordable to all levels of society. It was prescribed for everything from soothing a cranky infant to treating headaches, persistent cough, gout, rheumatism, diarrhea, melancholy, and "women's troubles."

Drugs don't create all the violence, the illuminati does.

The war on drugs sends thousands of black and Hispanic kids to prison for using the same illegal substances that their white peers can more often get away with smoking or snorting; meanwhile, the Wall Street bankers responsible for the financial crisis get off with zero punishment and huge bonuses.

Almost everybody in America does drugs. If you threw a net over Lower Manhattan on a Friday night or Saturday night, half the people you picked up would have some kind of illegal drug on them, whether it's Vicodin or ecstasy or coke. But we selectively enforce the drug laws, and we use extreme aggression in some areas when we enforce them. We do things like seize all your property, whereas on the flip side, if you look at HSBC [a bank that profited from drug trafficking], they literally could have taken all the assets of that company if they had wanted to, because that was a drug case. Instead they negotiated this settlement. So the war on drugs is the place where we get to selectively prosecute people. It's our excuse for going after one population and not another.