Letter: War on drugs wasting too many tax dollars


letter to the editor

With Tax Day approaching this Monday and a day synonymous with marijuana coming five days after, I think it’s the perfect time to call attention to the money going into the Drug War that our government has been waging on its people. After all, we pay the taxes that fund this costly prohibition.


While $97,031 could pay for more than two and a half years of tuition at Augie, that’s the amount that is spent on the Drug War by the minute. This adds up to $51 billion in a year, which is enough to pay for all 1,850 Augie students’ tuition for 775 years. It’s also worth noting that these numbers don’t account for financial aid, which more than 200,000 students in the U.S. have lost federal eligibility for because of a drug conviction.

When I was arrested in September for underage drinking at my house, six cops were present for a group of less than 20 people. That mean six cops were no longer on the streets preventing violent crimes because they were busy with a nonviolent party. Our taxes paid them to do that. Our taxes also paid for my night in jail and all of my days spent in court.

We are not the generation that started this war, but we are definitely paying for it. We can change that, but only if we do something about it. If you want to take part in the effort, join the Augie Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a new club forming on campus. We will not stand for policies that cost us more than they benefit us.


Dan Heuer