Two-Thirds Of Americans Support Decriminalizing Drugs, New ACLU-Backed Poll Finds

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Two-thirds of American voters believe that the war on drugs should end, and they support decriminalizing simple possession of currently illegal substances, according to a new poll from the ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). The survey comes just ahead of the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon declaring the drug war, igniting a system of mass criminalization over behavior that advocates and experts say should instead be treated as public health matters. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they agreed the U.S. should pull out of the war on drugs. And 66 percent support the more specific policy of “eliminating criminal penalties for drug possession and reinvesting drug enforcement resources into treatment and addiction services”—a reform referred to by advocates as decriminalization. Curiously, the poll also found that a significantly bigger number of U.S. voters (83 percent) feel the drug war has failed—a notable disconnect given that a sizable portion of those individuals apparently do not want to end what they consider a failed policy. Broken down by party affiliation, 83 percent of Democrats, 85 percent of independents and 82 percent of Republicans regard the drug war as a failure. “On this 50th anniversary of the drug war, President Biden must make good on his campaign promises and take steps to begin dismantling the system of over-policing and mass incarceration that is endemic to the war on drugs,” Udi Ofer, director of ACLU’s Justice Division, said in a press release. Today we’re releasing a poll with @DrugPolicyOrg showing overwhelming bipartisan support for ending the war on drugs. — ACLU (@ACLU) June 9, 2021 The survey further found that 64 percent of Americans back repealing mandatory minimum sentences in drug-related cases, 61 percent support commuting sentences for those types of convictions and 63 percent said drug use should be treated…

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