All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use
The war on drugs is costing us over 100 billion dollars to fight each year, and we’re only fighting a monster which we are making bigger with each punch. It’s not drugs, but drug laws themselves that have created this monster.
Drug use is part of human nature, but the unimaginable wealth involved leads to the corruption of the police, judges, and elected officials. There is no reason to have the government regulating what goes into an individual’s body. An extreme case of what we’re letting the government do is letting them take away our own self, an individual’s ownership over his own body. I think it’s in everyone’s interest to legalize all drugs, since this war is going nowhere, letting the government get more powerful than it was ever meant to have been, and it’s putting numbers over our names.
There is no way that the drug flow into the United States is ever going to be stopped. It’s a general economic rule, that as long as there is a demand for drugs there will always be a supply, unless scarcity occurs, but it doesn’t appear as if Colombia is running out of cocaine anytime soon. Cocaine brings Bolivia’s economy $600 million per year, a figure equal to the country’s total legal export income. Our country’s current annual import of cocaine would fit comfortably into a single C-5A cargo plane. The United States is just too large, there is no way to stop an import of a drug completely.
By keeping a drug off the streets, its price soars, which makes the drug profitable. You can’t stop the spread of drugs by making it more profitable. This simple concept the government does not seem to understand. Each time an agency makes a drug bust, it makes the monster bigger, the drug more profitable. Revenues for drug trafficking in Miami are greater than those from tourism exports, health care, and all other legitimate businesses combined.
The only way to kill this monster is to make it collapse on its own weight. By legalizing drugs the whole black market would crumble, making illegal drugs as expensive as prescription drugs, the whole world economy would also benefit greatly. South American countries could finally get out of debt by legally exporting drugs. There is no way that the United States is going to stop the whole world from producing drugs. When they paid Turkey to stop the growth of opium, production merely shifted to Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. Drug use has been in human history, and no law of any kind is going to stop humans from experimenting with drugs. Alcohol, one of the most dangerous drugs, a drug known to trigger violent behavior, and cause 40% of all car accidents is legal. This...