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Decriminalization Now: How Legalizing Procuring and Drugs Everywhere Is Part of Freedom

Updated on October 25, 2016

Would you procure or sell narcotics?

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What Freedoms May Come

In an age where “sins” such as shooting heroine between the toes, and snorting cocaine, and cavorting with gentlemen of leisure and ladies of the night remain illicit, the populace will view Lamar Odom’s tragic fall as just another Negro who has suffered from his vices. With Mr. Odom now on a 50/50 chance of living, the blame by many points to his downward spiral into drugs and seeking the company of whores. But if such “crimes” were legalized across the board (brothels are of course legal in Nevada) what would the response be to his downfall? What if, in a fully free society where bureaucrats played no role in the personal lives of citizens, drugs flowed freely. Procurers and hookers walked the streets without fear of police harassment. In such a setting, rehabilitation centers would pop up on nearly every corner to treat those afflicted by the disease of addiction. Psychiatrists would provide counseling to individuals who can't knock the habit.

What makes Mr. Odom’s case so sad is the fact that he had to slum or stoop to lows in order to find temporary enjoyment. With the decriminalization of procuring and drugging everywhere, such actions would be deemed immoral but would be hands off to any government official. Instead of cracking down on victimless crimes, police units would focus on actual affronts to individual rights like murder, rape, theft, and fraud. Because of his high-profile status as a two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion (2009-2010), Mr. Odom has been targeted for his transgressions. The sickening part is that he has been condemned for actions which ought not be punishable under the law. The brothels in Nevada which offer sexual activity in exchange for funds ought to be only the beginning of the face of state and city governments.

For those to attack Mr. Odom, what ought to be considered is the potential for a free market. Only in a laissez-faire capitalistic country would behavior like Mr. Odom’s be seen as a immoral but not illegal. May he be judged rationally.


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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      Firstly, I (and any rational human) get my individual rights from the law of identity (A is A). Now, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and any other controlled substance or narcotic ought to be legalized on the grounds that their illegality means the violation of rights. It is improper for government to function as a parent and dictate what can and cannot go into someone's body or affect a person's mind. It may be unethical to smoke crack-cocaine but government should have hands off in this matter. Also, procuring may seem like a business but it is in no way a profession. In fact, it is an immoral activity which destroys the value of sex. With that said, it's legalization ought to be promoted on the fact that there ought to be no victims in such acts. And if there are (such as fraudulent contracts), that's when and only when government intervenes.

      While government may become involved in dealings such as that just described, it has no right in regulating or taxing businesses. And I never said that this is a free country. We live in a semi-free nation which has little elements of freedom and too many controls. The closest that America ever came to being completely free was the post-Civil War late 19th century. There was no DEA. No Federal Reserve. No OSHA. No SEC. No FDA. No EPA. No Social Security. No SNAP. No WIC. No (insert any immoral government agency). I say immoral because the sole role of government is to protect individual rights by instituting a military to protect from foreign invaders, a police force to eliminate domestic criminals, and law courts to settle disputes rationally among men. That's it. Any statist intervention in the market place is abominable. We don't need Mother Fed and Father State peering over our shoulders to inspect for "health and safety." That's why there's Uber, Yelp, Angie's List, and a plethora of other services which check on companies to keep them honest.

      Finally, I view the Declaration of Independence as the most important political document in human history. The line about all men being equal is in relation to individual rights. Each man or woman has the capacity to carve out a life, act freely, and create happiness. May the day come that we experience the full potential inherent in the words of the Founders.

      S.S.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      Well, I have to disagree with you on two points. Why not each type of drug? What makes marijuana so different? All drugs ought to be legal as their current status violates individual rights to manufacture and distribute products and services and also consume and damage and even kill oneself. As long as you are not denying another person his or her rights, you ought to do whatever you like. It only comes down to if it is ethical or not but that ought to be of no concern to the government. Secondly, drugs and procuring ought not be taxed or regulated as there should only be voluntary payment for governmental services and no government intervention in the market. There ought not be a "sin" tax on such items. In a fully free society, the impetus would be to not take part in such activities as they damage the body and spirit. It's a matter of morality not legality.

      But thanks for the comment. I appreciate the feedback.

      Sincerely,

      S.S.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      This is not the country we live in today. No, sir. But this is the country in which we ought to live. Yes, the Constitution of the United States of America needed revisions. And yes, Blacks and women were discriminated against. Actually, the recognition of their rights as individuals is what brought about those amendments. Though flawed, documents such as the Constitution spell out what is possible to Americans. And what it ought to abolish is any government entity which does not live up to the principle of protecting individual rights.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      SS

      This is not the country that we live in.

      Do you realize that All Men are Created Equal

      Didn't include women or Black Men.

      It took the 15th, and 19th Amendment to include them.

      The 19th amendment is a very important amendment to the constitution as it gave women the right to vote in 1920.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Skyler

      MJ fits in the class of Alcohol and Tobacco, and as Alcohol and Tobacco are legal so should MJ. MJ should not be a Class 1 narcotic.

      Where are you getting an Individual Right?

      Prostitution is a business and all income is taxable, and businesses are regulated for a number of reason, including health and safety by the state and the feds.

      This would be a tax on business like any other business.

      The law always has and always will interfere with freedom, and we have never been a free society.

      Today, the law has even told us what we can say, and that chills the first amendment. It is not right but the law has never been about being right, it is about controlling the people. Do you believe that our country was really found on things like, All Men Are Created Equal?

      That is my feedback, and my opinion

      Thanks

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      I think that prostitution and Marijuana are more of a threat being illegal, than if it was legal. Lets face it, the government couldn't stop alcohol, with all of the kings horses and men. They can't do any better with prostitution and MJ.

      Legalizing these two, will free up resources, as well as making them regulated, taxed, and remove the criminal element, well the big ones anyway.

      As for the rest of the drugs, they should stay illegal, but they are supported by their users. The people are the problem as they are the customers. Until we can figure out how to stop the customers the business will survive.

      What is the advantage of making prostitution and MJ illegal. As long as Tobacco and Alcohol are legal, the so should MJ.

      If fortune and fame can't satisfy people like Odom, need drugs, then not having fortune and fame people also need drugs. The common denominator are people.

      The only difference between the rich and poor drug users are the type of drugs, and that is a factor of their ability to pay for them.