Let's look at the alcohol ban. If you remember your history classes, the United States made alcohol illegal, and the result was that some people stopped drinking but most began illegally buying alcohol from black market providers. These black market providers bribed and killed and, in general, increased crime and corruption in the United States.
In other words, almost nothing good came out of that, but the result was A LOT A LOT of death and crime. And the ban on recreational drugs has had the SAME FAULT EXACT.
Look around … what illegal drug is hard to get if you really want it? Almost anything can be had at will. The war on drugs has not made a single drug unavailable. We have failed for almost a century to make even ONE DRUG disappear.
When law enforcement officials say the war on drugs is being won, they point out the price of drugs on the street (which is higher than it would be without the War) and the number of arrests. But is any of these things the point of the war on drugs? People still try and abuse drugs. They just have to pay more and risk being jailed along the way … making their lives worse than just being an addict. But they still do. Deterrence has failed.
Now, to be sure, I bet some people don't use drugs ONLY because they are illegal. But for those who don't get discouraged … that it's a lot of people, they go from having a potentially manageable but serious problem to having their lives destroyed using unsafe products that result in overdoses, imprisoned for non-violent crimes that don't hurt anyone else. that they themselves and, therefore, will be unemployed in the future and will be forced to risk the violent criminals that sell them.
The war on drugs has no end. There is no end of the game. There is no way to victory. It just continues forever. It enriches drug traffickers and posters. It ruins the lives of addicts. It makes neighborhoods affected by it less safe and poorer. And it costs hundreds of billions of dollars every year when all levels of law enforcement are added together.
And what do we have to show? A higher selling price whose only positive aspect is that it hurts the same people we should try to help, and higher arrest rates … to people who are only committing crimes due to the war on drugs.
Instead, we should focus on harm reduction, treatment and allow legal markets to reduce prices and cartels to close.
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