The Failed Drug War
The Silk Road case is a major battle in the government’s failed War on Drugs and Ross is a prisoner of that war.
With Ross’ sentence Judge Katherine Forrest delivered a strong endorsement of the U.S. government’s failed War on Drugs. She made it clear that it was to serve as a warning to others and that the government is doubling down on the drug war, which has not lessened or stopped drug use after over 45 years and over $1 trillion.
According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs is more than $51,000,000,000. That’s a lot of tax money and doesn’t address the cost in human misery, including the 2.9 million children with incarcerated parents. One in every 111 adults is behind bars in the U.S. Over 60% are non-violent offenders, mainly with drug charges.
Last but not least, Ross’ sentence has not deterred the launching of online markets. In fact, they increased in number after the sentencing and are much bigger and more criminal than Silk Road was.