Legalizing Drugs

Enormous amounts of money are being spent to fight the war on drugs, USA's war against its own people. If only a fraction of this money was spent on helping those who have problems with drugs, much better results would be achieved.The US gov, is also stopping their citizens from accessing cheap prescription drugs such as propecia online from accessing strong pain relief by being able to buy tramadol online from US or Canadian Pharmacies.

 

The U.S.A. has 2.8% of its adult population (5% of adult males) in jail. This means that they have, compared to other countries, the highest amount of incarcerated people and one of the highest rates of incarcerated people relative to population. So is really USA the land of freedom? Is this really how we want it?

Why is it that the authorities are suppressing all psychedelic drugs? These drugs expand the mind and open the doors of perception. Like Terrence McKenna said, if the future is not about expanding our minds, what kind of future is it? It's in the interest of all humanity that exploration of consciousness is allowed.

A dopedealers opinion

Now the dopedealer don't want drugs to be legalized cause then the prices of the drugs will go down and I will make less money. That would be the end of my organized illegal business. I also have a lot of friends in the business, like other dopedealers, corrupt polititians and crooked cops and I really don't think me and them could make so much money if drugs were legalized. Also I think that the criminality would decrease if drugs were legalized. Then a lot of cops, lawyers and prisonguards would be out of employment and we got to have solidarity with them and keep them employed. I really think that alcohol and tobacco should be illegal too, cause then the world of organized crime could grow even more and I would make even more money.

Legalization and Organized Crime

This article explains why it would be disastrous for organized crime if drugs were legalized.

" The backdrop is the decline in the traditional La Cosa Nostra, exemplified by the conviction of New York crime boss John Gotti. The traditional Mafia activities included racketeering, loan-sharking, extortion, prostitution, gambling, etc. But the last 15 years "have given rise to an international criminal network of unprecedented scope and sophistication." World- wide there are ethnic criminal gangs at work in the drug traffic. "There are not only more syndicates than ever, but more cooperation among them."

Conventional wisdom about drugs had gone through three phases." Massing says the first phase (late 70s -- early 80s) was a concentration on interdiction, going after the drugs themselves. Unsuccessful, the anti-drug officials turned their attention to the traffickers e.g. going after the cartel leaders and Manuel Noriega, for example. "Yet the cocaine continued to flow." The third phase is going after the money, and the global campaign against "money laundering." "The fascination with money laundering, and with the CIA and narco-terrorism, reflects the widespread tendency in Washington to view drugs as an external problem, forced upon us by foreign adversaries. Until that spell is broken, we cannot expect much progress in dealing with the drug problem. The beginning of a new administration would seem a good time to move beyond the emphasis on 'endless enemies' and instead concentrate on the real cause of the drug problem -- the continuing appetite of many Americans for drugs.

To spend so lavishly on stings, raids, and investigations when treatment facilities in American cities remain overwhelmed seems truly a crime. "Even if we do begin to deal with the problem of addiction and its treatment, however, the international drug syndicates will remain a malevolent force, sowing violence, corrupting politicians, challenging governments. Is there nothing that can be done about them?

Only one measure would seem to offer any real hope: legalization. The world's drug organizations exist only because the commodities they trade in are illegal. If cocaine and heroin were suddenly legalized, the Colombian cartels, the Dominican gangs, the Chinese triads, and all the rest would soon collapse. "So far, the debate over drug legalization has concentrated almost exclusively on the likely effects such a policy would have in the United States. The most effective argument against legalization remains the likelihood that more Americans, including many children, would begin using drugs, if they were made freely available. The proponents of legalization have yet to provide convincing solutions to the many problems that would arise in administering a system in which drugs were legal. Against this, however, must be weighed the crippling blow legalization would undoubtedly deal to the world's criminals. Any measure that would deny the new underworld its chief means of support at least deserves serious consideration."

What the Libertarian Party thinks of legalization

Even if the dopedealer don´t want drugs to be legalized, other people think differently and below are some of their opinions.

# End prohibition. Drug prohibition does more to make Americans unsafe than any other factor. Just as alcohol prohibition gave us Al Capone and the mafia, drug prohibition has given us the Crips, the Bloods and drive-by shootings. Consider the historical evidence: America's murder rate rose nearly 70% during alcohol prohibition, but returned to its previous levels after prohibition ended. Now, since the War on Drugs began, America's murder rates have doubled. The cause/effect relationship is clear. Prohibition is putting innocent lives at risk.

What's more, drug prohibition also inflates the cost of drugs, leading users to steal to support their high priced habits. It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibition puts your property at risk.

Finally, nearly one half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking, instead of preventing violent crime. The bottom line? By ending drug prohibition, Libertarians would double the resources available for crime prevention and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in your neighborhood.

Since nearly six out of every ten federal prison inmates are there for non-violent drug-related offenses, it's clear that drug prohibition is the primary source of this over-crowding. It has been estimated that every drug offender imprisoned results in the release of one violent criminal, who then commits an average of 40 robberies, 7 assaults, 110 burglaries and 25 auto thefts. Early release of violent criminals puts you and your family at risk. It must stop!