How much is the war on drugs costing the taxpayer? in policing and prisons? Americans need to change the drug laws. Portugal legalize all drugs and drug use has declined. Even though pot and alcohol is legal many people don't get drink on whisky everyday. since it's a recession, it's not about reducing taxes but reducing gov't expenditures..prisons and war on drugs....one state in kansas or some spent 2 million dollars /year in finding pot growers an burning the plant. pot is same as whisky. that is 2 miillion dollar gov't waste when california is growing pot..and all the prisons costing 30,000/year in prisons. cut stupid gov't spending like the war on drugs...it ain't working for 50 years...only recently like the 90's and 80's have drug us and organize street gang scene has been this bad...the drug scene in the 60's was nothing like it is today. neighborhoods are filled with gangsters property value drop and people leave urban cities because of too much crime on wall street. crime in the city is bad because it lowers property values and increase gov't spending in policing and prisons..and 50% of crimes is drug related. 30% of city budget for policing drug related crimes crime is bad for business too..insurance goes up if business get burgularized too much and people don't shop at crime riddent neighborhoods.