With millions jailed and killed in the drug war with no decrease in drug use or distribution it is beyond time we start legalizing and treating rather than punishing and jailing. Portugal has instituted such a system and has had amazingly successful results, it's time we stop funding the Mexican Cartels and losing the hundreds of billions spent on the drug war.
Your right, but until people stop trying to avoid their problems nothing will happen. New legislature just causes more people to break laws.
4 big benefits of ending prohibition:
1. Reducing or even destroying the black market in the US, South America and Afghanistan, saving potentially millions of lives in the process.
2. Addicts are more likely to come forward to seek help without fear of arrest, naturally decreasing addiction (proven by Portugese statistics).
3. Hemp being brought into the market will bring potentially thousands of more sustainable products to the people.
4. The moral hazard that comes with legislating a person's individual choices is gone.
Josak I agree. It seems like the only real entity benefiting from drug laws is organized crime. If you legalize it, not only will you get people coming out finally with their habits, you will also be able to regulate and tax it.
Do you really care if the guy behind the counter flipping burgers does cocaine on his off time as long as he never brings his habit to work?
Or the police detective that takes opium on his off time to take the bite off reality? (Sherlock Holmes reference)
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