Major Drug Enterprise
Instead of spending millions trying to prohibit drug use/smuggling, why not make billions taxing the drugs already being used legally and illegally? History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes; however after a drug dealer is arrested, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of enormous profit. It has been said that “no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we were looking for the source of our troubles in society, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”
For thousands of years, most drugs including marijuana morphine, and cocaine, were produced, sold and consumed legally. It was not until the early 20th century, under an initiative led by American missionaries and temperance groups, that the concept of a global prohibition of drugs took hold. Even then, many countries, particularly drug-producing ones, were reluctant to embrace prohibition. Opponents predicted that criminalizing drug use would never eliminate demand and the cost of banning would fall excessively on them. They were right. The U.S. and Europe should rethink their drug policy, not only for marijuana but all the other drugs too.
Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade. Forty-two percent of Americans age 12 or older have used marijuana at some point, according to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Even Obama “AMERICA’S PRESIDENT,” has said he used marijuana when he was young (Reilly). Now more than half of Americans support the...
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