Legalize drugs

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.

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2 Comments on “Legalize drugs”

  1. jsknow Says:

    It’s time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition.
    How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost?
    Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs!
    Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence.

    The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war.

    In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs but there’s way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates. Drugs today are more potent, more readily available and less expensive than they were in the early 70’s when Richard Nixon started the war on drugs.

    Everyone needs to know about “jury nullification”. You can learn more here: if you are called for jury duty and you don’t agree with the law the person is charged with, you have the right to vote not guilty, no matter what evidence is produced. Jurors implementing this right in all non-violent drug cases will shut down the ridiculous laws of prohibition. One juror in each case is all it takes. The bottom line is a juror has the right to judge not only the accused person but the law the person is accused of breaking. Don’t be intimidated stick to your position.

    There’s only been one drug success story in history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

    The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of americans in the name of the drug war.

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  2. drugs link Says:

    drugs link…

    ohh nice post thanks…

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