I know a cop who works in an inner city area. He says (and swears that other cops quietly agree with him) that the only way to end drug *violence* is to legalize them. I must admit that his argument seems persuasive to me. The violence isn't over the drugs, but over the money they're worth. Legalizing them would lower the cost to acquire drugs to almost nothing and make dealing drugs pointless. No one would bother offering them to kids because it wouldn't be worth the effort. The violence would certainly drop.
As far as adults goes, if they want to dope themselves silly, fine. Less cattle in the herd, and more available good jobs for the rest of us (since the nitwits won't be able to get or keep them). It might sound heartless, but I firmly believe adults should be responsible for their own welfare--if they can't or won't do that, it shouldn't be society's problem. I walked the proverbial white line growing up, and I assure you I'm human and don't have an "S" on my chest--I simply had good parents and role models. What's stopping other people from taking charge of their kids like my parents (and my friends' parents) did?
I'm sure there will be an argument following this talking about the "resulting mess". Let me pre-empt that by asking for specifics: what specific consequences will arise as a result? I think it's safe to say that violence won't be a problem anymore. DWI? That's already illegal, and I'm pretty sure people are driving while stoned as it is. I doubt that'll change much. About the only real consequence I can see is that parents will have to be *parents* and not rely on the government to keep bad things away from their kids. But that's why I'm a conservative and not a Marxist, after all...
"He says (and swears that other cops quietly agree with him) that the only way to end drug *violence* is to legalize them."
Actually there is another way. Simple supply and demand theory shows that stopping the supply of drugs is impossible while there is such a high profit margin, even if the possible outcome of dealing includes jail time or death at the hands of your competition. However, extremely aggressive pursuit and incarceration of drug users (demand) will cause demand to disappear. Without demand, prices will fall and the profit margin disappears. No profit margin = no dealers.
Is this realistic, probably not...
posted on 10/01/2003 2:08:05 PM PDT
Have you bought any legal drugs lately? Do they cost "almost nothing"? Why would these drugs cost any less?
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