The War on Drugs Is a War on People

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
This is the story one of the main founders of Nonprofit organization 'Scientific Literacy Matters', Matt Bump, which has had a terrible fate thrust upon him by a combination of unfortunate circumstances and broken policies. This book deals with social classes, laws vs ethics, and how society won't allow everyone to contribute to it fairly.

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RockySlattery reviewed on on Sep. 27, 2018

Read this story and find out first hand why should not break the law. The legal system is not about reforming people, it's about punishing people. If you break the law you get punished, even if the law is stupid and should not even be on the books. If you believe this story you also learn that law enforcement people (cops, judges, jailers) are not very nice, they are all running a game on the people who get caught. It's a sad world. It's best not to break the law or all this crap happens to you. So sad, but true.
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ballerjuice reviewed on on May 21, 2018

I get that the world is a rough and raw place and if you play around with drugs then you get involved with the police and the criminal justice system. Some people get a raw deal in one state where weed is still illegal while a one-day drive away weed is legal and it's no problem. That is a messed up reality of our modern time. Today in CA for example they are letting people out of jail and wiping their record clean if they were convicted of weed related crimes in the past, since it is now legal in CA -- but in other states like Nevada it's still illegal and people are arrested and sent to jail because of weed. It's messed up. However, the law is the law, and yes cops are rough, judges are tough and 'criminals' get screwed. Worst of all, prison is a bad bad deal. There is nothing (or very little) about the prison system that is going to help reform people. I think most people who go to prison will end up beat down and bitter -- as this story illustrates clearly. Some of those feelings (beat down and bitter) come through loud an clear from this author who has done time for petty drug offenses. Ultimately, it's up to each person to take responsibility for their situation and their past, and then take control of their future. This author raises many good points, but also seems to be passing the responsibility on to others (which is something many cons do). I enjoyed this story and I cheer for this writer to keep writing and champion the cause of those wrongly accused.
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Malcolm Torres reviewed on on May 10, 2018

I agree with the message in this well written first hand account of one person's involvement in the "justice" system. The War on Drugs has done some good, but it seems it has done far more harm. It makes no sense that marijuana is legal in some states but not in others. The time and money police, courts and jails spend on activities related to marijuana is a total waste. In Oregon, where I live, the state has generated millions of dollars from taxing marijuana sales and that money has contributed to schools and parks, which is a far smarter policy, especially when it come to marijuana. As far as harder drugs like opioids, the war on drugs has been a total failure. The big pharmaceutical companies are making millions by over-prescribing opioids and more people than every before are using and dying from heroine usage. Thank you to Matt Bump for sharing his story and clearly showing how the "justice" system is completely out of control.
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