Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are "wasting their lives away in prison at our expense," and more than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico over the last six years. These are just a couple of the costs brought on by America's 40-year-old losing battle against drugs, according to the new documentary, "America's Longest War."
The film, with a yet unannounced 2013 release date, also highlights the enormous fiscal toll of the drug war, which has cost taxpayers $1 trillion over four decades, according to the documentary's description on YouTube. That money has gone to waste since, the film argues, drugs are more available and cheaper than ever before.
"America's Longest War" -- put out by the Reason Foundation, a self-proclaimed public policy think tank -- chronicles how, over the past 40 years, the drug war has escalated from a small domestic program mostly focused on treatment to the multi-billion dollar international war it is today," the description said.
The film features commentary from Huffington Post reporter Radley Balko, former New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, among others.
The documentary also tells the stories of individual drug war victims like Robert Moss, whose wife had just given birth to his child in 1991 when he was convicted of conspiracy to violate marijuana laws. He was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison and wasn't able to rejoin his family until 2011.
Then there's Sandra Rodriguez, a reporter at El Diario newspaper in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Rodriguez has chronicled the "escalation in drug war-related violence and the executions of two of her colleagues," according to the film's description.
"Neither case has been solved, but that's no surprise. Fewer than three percent of the murders in Juarez are investigated," the description said.
"America's Longest War" strikes similar themes to the 2012 drug war documentary, "The House I Live In," directed by Eugene Jarecki. But the 2013 effort will focus more on the drug war's deadly effects in Mexico.
The new film also comes in the wake of both Colorado and Washington voting to legalize marijuana.
But there's still a long way to go for anti-drug war advocates. As the film claims to show, despite then-Senator Obama describing the drug war as a "failure" in 2004, as President, he's made clear he will not entertain the idea of drug decriminalization.
And just this week a new report found that, in New York City alone, police spent an estimated one million hours making 440,000 marijuana possession arrests from 2002 to 2012.
In late August 2012, prosecutors in the western Mexico state of Michoacan say soldiers found charred human remains buried in at least five clandestine graves and left on the slopes of a hill in the town of Tuxpan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/mexico-violence-tuxpan_n_1819909.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the Associated Press</a>. Prosecutors said the troops found more than 150 pieces of bone, some mixed with pieces of wood and coal.
An airport police officer stands guard at the scene where a shooting took place in Mexico City's international airport on Monday, June 25, 2012. Two people were killed and one was wounded at one of the airport's terminals, and according to the federal Public Safety Department, at least one was a federal police officer. On Aug. 19, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/mexico-city-airport-police_n_1807907.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">AP reported</a> that Mexico's federal police have replaced all 348 officers assigned to security details at the airport. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
State prosecutors in Mexico <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/mexico-violence-dismembered-bodies_n_1800955.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">told the AP in late August</a> 2012 that at least five dismembered bodies had been found in Durango. That state is the scene of a violent drug cartel rivalry. The state attorney general's office says the bodies of four men and one woman were found in 12 plastic bags in the town of Gomez Palacio. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Forensic personnel walk by a trailer containing bodies found in mass graves across the Mexican city of Durango on May 16, 2011. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
On Aug. 13, 2012, gunmen killed eight people in a bar in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey, which has recently seen bloody turf battles between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/mexico-violence-bar-attack_n_1776202.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene told the AP a ninth person died, apparently when he fell trying to flee the attackers across rooftops.
Police found the dead bodies of 14 men stuffed into a SUV near a gas station in a northern Mexican city in August 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/mexico-violence-bodies-suv_n_1762120.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Three hours later a shootout between soldiers and gunmen killed three people in the same city, authorities said. The victims in the SUV apparently had been shot to death and evidence suggested the killings were drug-related, Gabriela Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the San Luis Potosi state prosecutor's office, told the AP. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Soldiers march during a flag lowering ceremony in downtown Mexico City on April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
In June 2012, police found the tortured bodies of three young paramedics and a salesman with gunshot wounds along a highway in the western state of Michoacan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/paramedics-killed-mexico_n_1566454.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> The reasons for the deaths were not immediately clear, but the men came from the neighboring state of Jalisco. That is the base of a gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel.
Authorities say gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles inside a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico in June 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/mexico-drug-rehab-center-shooting_n_1568008.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Eleven men were killed. Survivors told police that four gunmen who arrived in three cars entered the center and started firing. CAPTION: In this March 6, 2012, photo, people at the CIRAD drug rehabilitation center attend a group meeting in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cossio)
Mexican prosecutors have released surveillance videos that show five city policemen kidnapping three men from a hotel in western Mexico in June 2012. The men later were found asphyxiated and beaten to death.
Forty-nine dismembered bodies were found strewn on a Mexican highway leading to the Texas border in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/mexico-violence_n_1695788.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP</a>. Authorities have captured and charged Daniel Elizondo, the alleged cell leader for the notorious Zetas drug cartel, with the killings. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> In this May 13, 2012, photo, forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey, Mexico, to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, and then attacked it with a car bomb in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/mexico-zetas-cartel-attack_n_1544882.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">the AP reported.</a> Eight officers were wounded in the attack. Officials believe the Zetas cartel was responsible for the violence. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> A Mexican federal policeman inspects an abandoned car on March 1, 2012, in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)