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"To celebrate 4-20, A bi-partisan panel of politicians somehow come to a unanimous agreement that The War on Drugs is totally effed up.

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Lyrics below:
We need to repeal the whole war on drugs
It isn't working
We don't have to have more courts and more prisons
This has to change
This has to change

Prohibition didn't work
Prohibition on drugs doesn't work
We have spent over 400 billion dollars
It's a waste of money

We need to come to our senses
Let's put down the guns and unclench the fists
We need to come to our senses
Yeah, we don't treat alcoholics like this
We need to come to our senses
Prohibition failing harder than 1926
We need to come to our senses
We don't treat alcoholics like this

Too many people doin' time
Somebody tell me - when did recreation become a crime?
It's bright-eyed kids we're sendin into prison
They go in as superheroes and come out supervillains

Could have had more Einsteins, more Magellans,
But we made a thousand Al Capone level felons.
Take out a dealer and ten more appear
So let's ban curing cancer, we'll cure it within a year.

We need to come to our senses

Of 50,000 arrests, 82% were black and hispanic
These arrests stigmatize, they criminalize
Making it harder to find a job
Making it harder to get into school
Making it harder to turn their lives around
It must end and it must end now

The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure
We're warehousing addicted people every day in state prisons
Giving them no treatment, sending them back on the street
And wondering why they don't get better
Why they commit crimes again
Well, they commit crimes to support their addiction

The war on drugs is a failure
Put down the guns and unclench the fists
The war on drugs is a failure
We don't treat alcoholics like this
The war on drugs is a failure
Prohibition's failing more than in 1926
The war on drugs is a failure
We don't treat alcoholics like this

The cops got better things to do anyway
Like stop real crimes instead of wasting time
Chasing that mary jane
Stoned people don't start fights
No, they don't
Stoned people don't rob banks
Not even close
The worst thing stoned people do
Is steal their roommate's oreos
And that's a misdemeanor at most
A misdemeanor at most
A misdemeanor at most "

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