Time to Legalize Drug Use

Now a study shows how the legalization of marijuana use in the US could cut the throats of the Mexican drug cartels.

Let’s get real here.

I’m no fan of drugs. Leaves people stupid. Wrecks lives.

But that’s not the end of the story.

The criminalization of drug use has torn countries apart, left drug cartels in the driver’s seat of vastly too much.

I’ve held forth on this before.

Now in a half dozen states there are votes scheduled to address the subject.

I hope every one of them passes…

Legalize drugs and we empty our prisons, and we can turn a lot of money to deal with the problems at the heart of the deal…

And so I repeat…

Bottom line:

Make all drugs legal for anyone over eighteen.

Make sure people know drugs are not good for you.

Repeat frequently…

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  • adam fisher

    Once upon a time, in the late 1960′s or early 1970′s, a time when white suburbia was getting its knickers in a twist because THEIR kids were doing drugs too, the New York Times decided to do one of its cosmic pieces on drug us in America. It sent out three reporters to different quadrants of the country. To a man, each reporter returned saying that the biggest drug problem in the United States was alcohol. Their editors did not believe them and sent them back out to get affidavits attesting to what they had found. I checked this story out with one of the reporters and it was true.

    The number of people being slaughtered in Mexico and South America as a direct result of American and European demand for drugs is staggering. Of course Mexicans and South Americans are largely brown and far away from the bright lights to the north, but I don’t think we need affidavits to know where the culpability lies.

    Legalization sucks. The only thing that sucks worse is a failure to legalize.

    – adam fisher

  • http://theistsandatheists.wordpress.com Roger “Chris” Schriner

    Thanks for this one, James! And here are some excerpts from one of my sermons, with some arguments that are often overlooked:

    Here’s a paradox: The more addictive a drug is, the more society wants to suppress it. But if a drug is highly addictive, users will do almost anything to get it. Therefore, the most addictive substances are the very drugs for which prohibition is least effective. When people are willing to destroy close relationships, ruin their health, lose jobs, steal, or even kill to satisfy a chemical craving, there is no way to eliminate the use of that chemical.

    One of our greatest virtues as human beings is that we are amazingly resourceful, but virtues can end up serving our vices. In fact, many criminals manage to “continue abusing drugs and alcohol while in prison.” Human craving plus human ingenuity is virtually unstoppable. If we can’t keep people from getting drugs when they’re locked up, how can we keep drugs away from people who are not behind bars? Even if we turned the entire United States into a medium-security prison, we would still have a drug problem.

    Another basic principle of political analysis, is “follow the dollar.” Because people are motivated by money, prohibition actually increases the use of hard drugs, because it motivates pushers to get people hooked. If you are a pusher and you make someone an addict, you have a client for life. So the fact that drugs such as cocaine and heroin are illegal and highly addictive mobilizes a cadre of highly motivated sales representatives trying to turn people into junkies. I realize that in some ways prohibition of hard drugs does discourage use. But it also greatly encourages use, by encouraging pushers to entice future addicts. Again, the strict-father punitive approach backfires.

    Roger “Chris” Schriner

  • Weasel Tracks

    Mah man! Mah clear-sighted man!