Brad Pitt: 'War on drugs is a failure and a charade'
- Photo: Picture Perfect/Rex USA1 of 10
- Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP2 of 10
- Photo: Rex USA3 of 10
- Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN4 of 10
- Photo: Pool/Retna Ltd.5 of 10
- Photo: Jon Furniss/Invision/Invision/AP6 of 10
- Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage7 of 10
- Photo: Invision/AP8 of 10
- Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage9 of 10
Brad Pitt has denounced America's controversial war on drugs, branding it a failure and a charade.
The actor, who is an executive producer of the documentary "The House I Live In," about US officials' long-running battle to stamp out the drugs trade, has written a scathing essay about the way the issue has been handled.
In the article, published by Britain's The Observer, he insists illegal substances are still “laughably easy” to buy on the streets and suggests efforts to end the trade in illegal narcotics are a waste of money.
Pitt writes, "Today, with very little effort, anyone can land in virtually any city in this country, and within a day or two, procure their drug of choice. Since declaring a war on drugs 40 years ago, the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars, arrested more than 45 million people, and racked up the highest incarceration rate in the world. Yet it remains laughably easy to obtain illegal drugs. So why do we continue down this same path? Why do we talk about the drug war as if it's a success? It's a charade..."
Pitt recently threw his support behind U.S. President Barack Obama after the politician insisted police won't be "going after recreational users" in states that have declared marijuana legal for medical purposes, because they have "bigger fish to fry."
RELATED: Stars sans makeup
Check out "Teen Mom" star, Farrah Abraham's, transformation!Watch Video »
Nick Jonas, Hugh Jackman and more stars share videos of themselves working out for the Gimmie Five challenge on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
See the first photos of Jimmy Fallon's daughter on today's Celebs Gone Social ...Watch Video »
Candice Swanepoel, Sarah Jessica Parker, and La La Anthony all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Joe Manganiello parties with new love Sofia Vergara and her family in Miami on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »