Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hawaii considering decriminalizing all recreational drugs for personal use

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NaturalNews) It's a bold move, the likes of which hasn't been seen in recent United States history: The state of Hawaii is on the cusp of decriminalizing ALL recreational drugs. If the resolution passes, Hawaii would become the first state to investigate alternative solutions for treating drug addiction other than just locking people up.

Instead of imprisoning drug users, Hawaii would look at the situation from a different angle. Drug users caught in a vicious cycle will be able to get professional help instead of fearing long-term imprisonment. Families, friends and support groups will be more empowered and able to create an environment of accountability that breaks the addiction and resets the priorities of drug users.

Hawaii lawmakers admit that incarceration isn't working: "Despite a longstanding policy that enforces illicit drug prohibition and imposes some of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession and sales, illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing," states the resolution.

With drug use rising in the U.S., and with incarceration rates continuing to climb, the root of the problem isn't really being dealt with. Criminalizing drug use has perpetuated hard drug abuse while creating heightened fear and violence where it is unnecessary.