You are completely brainwashed. I've felt this for years now, but I just watched a Penn & Teller video on the subject and it got my blood boiling.
I guess I'll list a few of the reasons, but I'll post the vids too, so you might as well just watch those.
The first enraging thing about this is the hypocrisy. Alcohol and tobacco are legal and celebrated by nearly everyone, including as the show pointed out, our former president. Alcohol is a mind altering drug. I hate to bring personal experience into this, but I have extensive experience with both alcohol and weed, and it is safe to say that the former is infinitely more dangerous (and infinitely less fun, but I guess others can feel differently). However, around 500,000 people get arrested per year for possession of marijuana, while millions around the nation merrily drink themselves to a worse level of foolishness at bars every day. Rot in jail you damned potheads!
The show also stated that the "war on drugs" began in the Vietnam era as a red herring to distract from the Vietnam war. I agree with that, but I suppose it is not necessarily a fact. Anyway, they used the example of Prohibition in the 20s to demonstrate the analogy of what is going on today. Gangsters took over the distribution of alcohol, and much violence, crime, and general lack of well-being resulted. Yay.
Obviously the same thing goes on today. Dangerous drug lords control production and distribution of drugs. This obviously means people need to use violence and crime just to distribute drugs, and it also means that the drugs may be crude, unstandardized, or laced with other things. Many deaths have resulted.
Another argument people make is that if it weren't against the law to do drugs, everyone would get fucked up on everything because there would be nothing holding them back. I liked the counter they made in the show--"so the law is the only thing keeping you from driving around smashed on heroin right now? Where's your morality?"
And how much money and effort are we wasting in enforcing these stupid, freedom usurping laws? Apparently it takes 20 billion dollars a year to maintain the war on drugs. So we spend this much to make a black market that fucks us over?
Lastly, drug prohibition does not show any compassion to people with drug problems. If you've got a problem money is spent to bust you, when it could be spent to help you. Many drug addicts want to quit, but can't. It has been proven to be a disease. Drug addicts, however, would be stupid to confess that they are felons. So they don't.
And then there's.... freedom? Anyone? Since when can a human being be told what he can and cannot put in his body? Drugs don't usually make you violent (except for a few like alcohol, I guess). At worst they make it so you shouldn't drive. The violence from drugs comes from the fact that they are legal so criminal thugs take over the distribution.
The government stupidity really pisses me off. The fact that people believe their lies makes me want to scream and cry and move to a remote desert island where I won't have to live in this society. How could we be so ignorant? Why must we fight imaginary enemies?
I wonder if I am preaching to the choir here. Oh well. I want to speak out for freedom, because I really feel like I'm living in Orwell's 1984 sometimes.
Here is part 1 (you can see the other 2 on youtube, just follow the link).
[YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMdFiw8bZHc&feature=related"]P&T Bullshit War on Drugs[/YOUTUBE]