Drug crimes are not as simple as you libertarian types would like them to be. For one, when you're on drugs you don't own your body, the drugs do. Two, these drugs end up in schools, I've seen as early as 6th grade. It's a major problem. You want it to look like there are millions of people in prison for petty marijuana possession but that's simply not the case.Typo. Apologies. Missed the decimal. And it doesn't change the fact that we have more people per capita imprisoned that those other countries.
Here are links: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=11
I can make the comparison quite easily...as any rational person can. Mao's dead. And I'm not comparing Stalin/Lenin/Moa's regimes to our own. I'm comparing the incarceration rate per 100K people.
As for drug crimes....simple question: Do you own your body or does the government? Careful. How you answer that question has all sorts of ramifications for your life and the lives of your fellow citizens.