A twist on an important issue, what do you think?
“Decriminalization of illicit drugs would lead to the following:
— Virtually overnight, the price of formerly controlled substances would plummet. All street crime, money laundering, gang violence, (etc.), and the corresponding corruption in law enforcement that involves drugs, would disappear. The power of organized crime and drug cartels would decline drastically, with beneficial ripple effects throughout our society. The greatest improvement will be seen in impoverished communities. Street dealers will be gone. So will be maximum minimum sentences, that have led to lengthy and costly (to the taxpayers) incarceration of non-violent offenders, that has exacerbated the breakdown of families and communities.
— Based upon past experience (prohibition of alcohol), we can expect a slight and temporary rise in drug abuse, which would eventually decline and level off, partly because of more robust and better-funded prevention programs (from the billions of dollars saved from drug enforcement that’s no longer needed), and also because studies indicate there’s a percentage of “addictive personalities” who will seek out drugs whether they’re legal or illegal. Most of us, for example, will not use recreational drugs once they’re decriminalized.
— People addicted to drugs would be registered with the government and encouraged to detoxify. In the meantime, the substances that we provide addicts will be less potent and free of harmful contaminants. Pharmaceutical companies would make safer substances to wean abusers off of the most addictive and psychoactive substances. Again, the billions formerly spent on drug enforcement could fund all this. (Over $20 annually at the federal level alone.)
The only way societies have been able to control the transactions of items in great demand was by controlling its legal commerce, and never through total prohibition. Prohibition forces the commerce underground and makes it invisible. It never stops it. Supply inevitably meets demand. Always.”
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