I love what the Open Societies Foundation is doing about drug policy. The way this country and others handles the problem of drugs is incredibly wrong. The Open Societies Foundation fights against draconian drug laws wherever they exist. In fact, one of the organizations under the OPS umbrella is currently in Indonesia fighting the backward drug laws there. And they are doing it on behalf of women, which is really cool.
Let’s just analyze the drug laws in the United States for a second. We are one of the few countries left in the Western world that still criminalizes trivial drugs like marijuana. The criminalization of drugs has led the United States to become the largest incarcerated or on planet earth. Yes, you heard that right. The United States jails a higher percentage of its population than countries like China and Iran. It has even moved to the United Nations in calling for a human rights investigation into practices of the United States criminal justice system. We jail so many people that countries like Iran are worried about our citizens. Much of this has to do with our backward drug policy. Read more on BigThink about George Soros.
We don’t have to look very far to see how a progressive drug policy actually helps citizens. The country of Portugal has recently legalized every single drug. Yes, you read that right as well. Portugal has legalized every drug imaginable and their country is now doing better. More people are seeking help for their drug problems and nobody is getting thrown into jail for personal use.
That’s really the problem here. Personal use drugs should not be criminalized. Anybody using a schedule one drug, minus marijuana, should be put into a treatment program sanctioned by the state rather than being thrown into jail. After all, addiction is a disease that can be treated for the betterment of our society. Throwing somebody into jail and giving them a criminal record for personal use drugs can ruin their lives and lead to more drug use down the road. This, of course, leads to more jail time.
It is surprising to me to learn that George Soros started the Open Society Foundation. It’s really cool to see the evolution of this nonprofit organization. It started in 1979 as a way to help citizens of communist countries transition to democratic life. Now the nonprofit organization is more of an umbrella for multiple nonprofit organizations across the planet. Currently, the OPS operate in more than 100 countries.
George Soros himself survived the Holocaust as a teenager in his hometown of Budapest, Hungary. He was a refugee to London before becoming an immigrant to the United States. Perhaps this is where he gained all of his benevolence.
Learn more about George at Biography.com.