I am an advocate of dope legalization. Not just Marijuana, but all drugs . . .
Almost 30 years ago, one of my Criminal Justice Instructor told the class that the only way to deal with drugs is by legalization. As a young “rookie” in Law Enforcement/Corrections, I thought the man was nutz! But, after watching years of the “War On Drugs,” seeing the arrests of thousands upon thousands of normal people, watching the Courts back-logged by numerous legal actions relevant to drugs, and noting the funerals of many a law enforcement officer, I finally realize what he meant.
Prohibition of drugs has allowed drugs to be controlled by criminals, made use of such drugs “cool” to the average citizen, and done absolutely nothing to stop the usage of drugs.
- By allowing the criminal element to control drugs the United States Government has been negligent and should be held responsible for the deaths of a whole bunch of people, both civilian and law enforcement.
- By allowing the criminal element to control drugs the United States Government has been negligent and should be held responsible for the ongoing violence associated with the sale of drugs.
- The failure of the U.S. Government to recognize their strategy for the war on drugs did not produce the expected results, is responsible for billions of dollars of waste of tax dollars.
- Failure of U.S. Politicians to listen to the People has allowed millions of the People incarcerated and left with loss of Constitutional Rights.
- Failure of the U.S. Government to modify their strategy on the war on drugs has created an International Market for drugs that has made millionaires out of thugs and criminals while causing loss of tax revenue for this Country.
Were drugs to be legalized today, do you really think that tomorrow we will end up with nothing but a bunch of “dopers” running around? If you believe so, you are a friggin idiot. Those that choose to use drugs will do so regardless the prohibition, and those that do not do drugs will likely not do drugs in the future. Legalization of drugs will do these things:
- The violence associated with drugs will instantly become un-necessary.
- Drugs will become grown, manufactured, and distributed by lawful tax paying business.
- Drug usage will not be considered “cool” anymore appealing less to young people.
- The jobs created by the drug industries will eliminate unemployment.
- And, the combined tax revenues created will probably settle the National Debt.
- Instead of incarceration for people doing the stupid like public intoxication or addiction, additional jobs and industry would be created for education, care and treatment, and similar services.
- And, the criminal element would have to find a new job.
Now, when you consider that most of this would be true across International borders it would be a fantastic benefit to every Country that currently is struggling against, and trying to survive the Cartels. If the cartels wanted to remain in business, it would require they do so as a lawful business, subject to license and taxation.
Now, I do not support or condone the use of drugs. What I support is an end of the violence, the end of the criminal getting rich, and the increase of much needed tax revenue. We have over 30 years of proof that we are doing nothing but wasting tax money on a war on drugs, isn’t it about time we did something different?