I personally think drugs are poison. It never made much sense to me to legalize something that’s harmful in spite of the long standing precedent we have with alcohol and tobacco. But I’m reading today about another large cocaine seizure in Colombia, 3 tons look pretty dramatic in the video. Then I started wondering if 3 tons is really a large seizure, and discovered this article. The DEA says this seizure which took place over a year ago, was 42,000 pounds, that’s over 20 tons. The article says,
combined with last week’s unrelated record-breaking $205 million cash seizure by the Government of Mexico working with the DEA, (the 20 ton seizure) dealt Mexican traffickers a one-two punch: they’re down more then a billion dollars.
Now, I’m thinking, that’s a lot of money and a lot of product to leave locked up in some DEA depository indefinitely. It seems the Agency is satisfied with depriving the evil drug traffickers of that value. But, if cocaine were legal it could be taxed like alcohol and these huge seizures could seriously increase the inventory instead of going totally to waste. I know it’s a naive and superficial argument I’m offering, but I also know that qualified people have made this same argument in depth and detail. William F. Buckley was one. Here it is in his own words:
A conservative seeks to be grounded in reality. What a quote!
Three million are addicts, as defined by “did you take one in the last thirty days”. That’s a hoot.
The bureaucracy and complications would certainly be daunting, but it just seems like a terrible waste. Buckley describes in this interview how the government would completely displace the illegal drug world, from producer, to trafficker to user on the street. I can’t picture that happening overnight, but perhaps a sort of competition between the illegal drug lords and the US government until gradually the price comes down so much that it’s no longer profitable for Juan Pablo in the hills of Bolivia to grow coca. Meantime these seizures go straight into the coffers of the US Drug Department.