Newark, New Jersey – Newark, New Jersey is no stranger to drug crime. As on of the cities in the country with an above average crime rate, Newark has been plagued by drugs since riots in the 60′s reduced the city to slums. Now Newark Mayor Cory Booker has decided to speak out. The Mayor went on Reddit this past Sunday to criticize the War on Drugs. Booker said the Drug War was a minimum completely ineffective, at most “represents big overgrown government at its worst.”.
Booker further wrote,
“The so called War on Drugs has not succeeded in making significant reductions in drug use, drug arrests or violence. We are pouring huge amounts of our public resources into this current effort that are bleeding our public treasury and unnecessarily undermining human potential.”
Booker is able to see what a growing percentage of Americans are…that arresting drug users is not the answer to the drug problem in the United States. At one point Booker called Drug Arrests a “Game”.
Booker then called drug arrests a “game.”
“My police in Newark are involved in an almost ridiculous game of arresting the same people over and over again and when you talk to these men they have little belief that there is help or hope for them to break out of this cycle,”
On a separate Drug War issue Booker also came out strongly for a robust Medical Marijuana system in New Jersey. The New Jersey Legislature has already passed, and the Governor signed, Legislation that legalizes marijuana for medical purposes but has yet to implement the law.
“NJ should do more to make it real for those who need it.”