"The war on drugs has failed. It has failed parents. It has failed children. It has failed black and Latino communities, which are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement. It has failed taxpayers, who unwittingly foot the exorbitant cost of incarceration: $28,000 per inmate yearly, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Not to mention, drug convictions have encouraged a rate of recidivism that alone should justify an immediate and permanent cease-fire: 77 percent of drug offenders are rearrested within five years of release, according to a report published by the Bureau of Justice. [Read more...]"