Former President Barack Obama likes to act like he won the war on drugs, but the reality is that he only worsened it.
According to a former official with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Obama is directly to blame for a lot of the war on drug struggles.
David W. Murray, now a fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research, said on Wednesday that the administration’s switch to a public health model in the drug war has caused the opioid epidemic to explode.
“U.S. leadership said, ‘We’re no longer fighting the drug war. We’re now moving toward a different public health model,’” Murray said in his remarks at the Hudson Institute. “The public health model is a good model, but you’ve got to supplement it with the supply and availability attack or you will lose control of this issue.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Obama also ended Plan Colombia, a Clinton-era program designed to eradicate cocaine production in the South American country that bears its name. That took Colombian cocaine production from 700 metric tons a year down to a low of 165 metric tons a year.
However, under Obama, that went back up all the way to 710 metric tons a year — and much of that flooded into Mexico, where cartels have been killing each other — and innocent civilians — at an alarming rate.
In just the month of May, over 2,000 homicides were reported in the country. That’s the highest number since the country started keeping murder statistics in 1997. And you can bet plenty of that violence is spilling over the border into the border states.
“(Those arguments for prohibition have) proven to be a fantasy. Nowhere historically or geographically has that ever worked,” Murray said. “Colorado marijuana is so potent and so desirable that it’s being smuggled out of Colorado, which is far easier than smuggling from Mexico, where there’s a border and interdiction. Colorado has become an international distribution center, where marijuana is going outside the United States to markets elsewhere.”
Don’t let Obama and his supporters fool you, he failed the United States when it came to the war on drugs.
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