The Solution of The Drug Problem
Drug Dealers out of Business… no more “pushers”:
With the Legalization of Drugs, the big billion dollar business of drugs would stop immediately.., the Drug Dealers are the most violently opposed to Legalization of Drugs.
As a consequence, there would not be dealers ‘pushing” drugs in our streets and schools, and the number of new addicts due to this big business would disappear.
End of Drug Crime:
Most of the crime due to drugs would stop, because most of the drug related crime, contrary to alcohol, occurs when the addict is in need of money to buy the drug, not when he has taken it.
If Drugs are legalized, the addict would not have to pay huge amounts of money for his drug, up to S200 for a S4 product!, and therefore, he would not have to commit so many crimes to obtain the money.
If an alcoholic or a smoker would have to pay $200 for a $4 bottle or a $4 pack, the’ would become criminals, like the addicts, in order to obtain the money.. – In my Medical Office I have seen addicts spending $600 daily for drugs that cost me $10!.
The crimes of the drugs lords competing for territory would also be immediately abolished, because there would be no more drugs lords!,, and no more crimes of not paying any taxes on billions of dollars.
Present addicts would have a bonanza, because they could get their drug at normal prices, and probably they would use even more at the beginning. But their crimes would be like nothing compared with the real crimes they actually commit when they urgently need the drug and do not have the huge amounts of money they need to get it.
The behavior of the drug-addict is usually different from that of the alcoholic: The alcoholic hits his wife, the addict lets his wife hit him.
By now, there is no doubt that most “drug-related murders are the result of drug prohibition. The same kind of violence that came with the Eighteenth’s Amendment ban of alcohol in 1920: The last year of Prohibition the number of homicides rose to 12,124, and declined to 8,048 after the repeal of Prohibition, in 1941; and the number of assaults came down from 7,863 to 4,525.
Repeal of Prohibition was not a capitulation to Al Capone and his ilk, but a means of putting the bootleggers out of business and eliminating most of the crime and costs associated with the Prohibition Laws.
Education and Programs against Drug-Addiction… lots of money!
The Government is spending actually 10 billion dollars a year in the Drugs War. Besides, the big Business of Drugs do not pay any taxes,.. the SlO billion, plus the tax revenues of selling the drugs is a lot of money that can be used to promote education in Large scale, and many programs against drugs use and abuse.
The Actual Addicts: People with a sickness:
The addicts would not be considered criminals anymore. but people with a sickness, like alcoholics, and they would have the chance to be treated as such by programs sponsored by the government, similar to those private, actually in existence. Those programs would cost the government a fraction of what it is actually spending to fight drugs.
The Pharmacists dispensing the drugs would accompany the product with an “instruction label” explaining honestly the effects of the drug and its real dangers, because, in the heat of the fight, some effects of the drugs have been either overlooked or exaggerated. -. and this would serve as an educational tool, and as an honest warning.
The Methadone Program in New York, and the Doctor’s prescriptions of heroine in the Netherlands and Switzerland are good successful examples to fight the problem of drugs.
Drug use would not increase:
24% of Americans believe that Legalization of Drugs is the solution of the Drug Problem. But many Americans perceive drug legalization as an invitation to drug-infested anarchy. And it is not true: Some people would like to try drugs, once they are available, at reasonable prices, with pure reliable drugs.. and it would lead to a new kind of addicts… however, I believe they would be less in number than those actually “pushed’ into drugs in our schools and streets by the drug-dealers, whose only lucrative business is to push people into drugs and to exploit them… These drug-dealers are totally opposed to the legalization of drugs… and it is a good sign for making them legal…
illicit drugs are different that alcohol and tobacco: They are not “social drugs”, and the drugs and methods of consumption are most risky, and unlikely to prove appealing to many people, precisely because they are so obviously dangerous… most Americans would not inject cocaine or heroine in their veins even if given the chance to do so legally.
It is also important to know that now a days we can design an effective plan for legalization, after the experiences with tobacco and alcohol abuse… we have learned something from our past experiences:
Bans on advertising, campaigns of negative advertising, restriction on time and place of sale, prohibition of consumption in public places, education programs…
Legalization of drugs is a leap onto the unknown. no government has ever tried it really! . it may be a risk-v business, but I believe it is worth and prudent to try it Often, legalization is repeatedly and vociferously dismissed: without an attempt to evaluate it openly and objectively. Drug addiction is currently a disaster, the Drugs War is a failure, the only beneficiaries of the actual drug laws are the traffickers…
The war on drugs in America is failing: Thirty million people in America use illegal drugs. Two and a half million of them are addicts, 67% of young Americans try an illicit drug before they finish high school, pushed by the dealers . . and without trying legalization we may never find the best solution for our drug problem.
Solutions that may help to solve the Problem of Drugs:
Taken from LEGALIZE, based on 8223 responses in America, about what may be helpful and important in solving the drug problem:
- Legalizing Marijuana: 84%
- Improving the quality of public school education: 60%
- Spending more on drugs treatment programs: 50%
- Spending more on anti-drug education in schools: 43%
- Encouraging more community and police partnerships: 37%
- Legalizing all drugs: 24%
- Spending more on anti-drug programs to drug producing countries: 14%
- Hiring more police: 12%
- Building more prisons: 5%
Prominent People Advocating Legalization of Drugs
The solution of the Drug Problem:
On the Internet:
Prohibition is an awful trip.
The Case for Legalization.
Should Drugs be Legalized?
Getting Off Drugs:
The Legalization Option
Alternatives to the War on Drugs:
The Legalization of Drugs
NFIA Legalization of Drugs
Legalization of Drugs:
The governor of New Mexico proposed legalizing drugs last week.
It might surprise you to know that a very large proportion of economists share that drugs should be legal.
The Ultimate Weapon to Win the War on Drugs: Legalization
Spotlight on Medical Marijuana from Free-Market. Net:
The Freedom Network
Drugs Laws Do More Harm Than Good: