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Texas locks up thousands of people per year for possessing less than a gram of drugs — and it shows how drug criminalization is failing

Drug criminalization in the United States has inflicted devastating consequences on users while offering few, if any, benefits to public safety, a Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday found. The rights group issued a joint call with the American Civil Liberties Union for nationwide decriminalization of all illicit drugs, arguing that criminalization imposes crippling costs upon users, their families, and taxpayers, and drives racial discrimination and human-rights abuses.
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