With the Obama’s reelection people have started wondering if the dreaded war on drugs will finally end during his second term. With the recent changes in Colorado and Washington it is obvious that people have started to turn against the prohibition that seems to have filled America’s prisons – as it has the higher incarceration rate in the world when it comes to drugs. But with these two state decision to legalize marijuana, could we safely assume that the war on drugs is slowly ending? We think not, unfortunately.

In April, the administration issued its drug policy strategy that emphasized treatment over punishment and most Americans agreed with this. The director of the national drug control policy offered a breath of fresh air when he stated that the policies that incarcerate nonviolent drug offenders are reminiscent of the past and that they ignore the desire of a balanced public health and approach to the drug problem in the United States of America. But if we were to look closer at the strategy we would observe that the only reform of drug sentencing is the reduction of the amount of cracks versus cocaine that would put someone in jail.


Things are still very hazy and don’t appear to get any better. The case of Chris Williams is proof: Chris Williams was an authorized medical marijuana grower in Montana. His facility was checked and found to be in compliance with the law and approved for business, but in 2011 when the administration changed federal interference in state laws, Chris Williams’ premise was checked again and he was arrested and charged with drug-trafficking and is now facing a minimum of 80 years in prison. It is quite clearly that something like this is absolutely outrageous and unfair. You almost feel like getting an online associates degree in criminal justice just to make some justice for this guy. A former deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department has offered his support to the legalize marijuana movement saying that he would “legalize, regulate and control all drugs”.

Criminal justice wasn’t the talk of the election campaign, so we’re left in the dark about what this war on drugs will bring in the future. What we do know is that the people have the power to change certain things and that soon we’ll see more changes to how America views drugs and drug use.