Voters want New Hampshire to reform its drug policy
New Hampshire voters are demanding drug policy reforms as the state’s existing drug policy has a number of loopholes that have failed to tackle the epidemic.
Law enforcement and incarceration have been in use to address nonviolent drug offenses but the consequences have always been devastating. This approach uses taxpayers’ money to break up families and prevent persons from receiving a second chance.
The worse thing is that it doesn’t benefit the society. Many experts have pointed out that the incarceration of an individual drug seller doesn’t impact the overall amount of drugs being sold. When law enforcement removes a suppler from the chain, another quickly enters to fill the empty space.
Many people convicted of low-level drug offenses have spent years and even decades behind the bars, far beyond the required prison term. New Hampshire people are tired of this approach and are demanding a change.
A recent poll commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance revealed that 70 per cent of state residents believe that New Hampshire’s drug possession laws are too harsh and that individuals caught with drugs for personal use should be offered treatment in hospitals and not sent to jail.
As voters are sick of government’s failed war on the drug epidemic, they are in search of a new approach that would treat drug addicts as human beings. Prioritizing compassion over incarceration can help better tackle drug misuse and addiction issues.
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