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Legalizing drugs: a practical solution

Cornerstore Epiphanies

Tiffany Oliver

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Opinion
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Legalizing illegal drugs could be the end of expenses associated with the "War on Drugs."
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The topic of legalization of drugs has often proved taboo in our society beyond discussions of decriminalizing marijuana. But with Mexico's recent decriminalization of small amounts of drugs for personal use, drug policy is again in the national spotlight. Drugs are a problem in society and the negative effects of drugs use and addiction are well known. Why, then, would one propose legalizing substances that cause such detrimental health concerns?

Well, for one, any person can already buy any conceivable drug in today's world relatively easily. Walk around East Cleveland for a few hours, and you will surely encounter a dealer or two. The current prohibition of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and opiates exists for our protection, yet drugs still overrun our streets, siphon away billions in tax dollars for the "War on Drugs," and create drug-related gang violence nationwide.

Decades of government drug policy and creation of the "War on Drugs" has done nothing to eliminate the harmful effects that drugs pose on society and has indirectly caused an increase in drug related violence, both foreign and domestic. What the government is doing is not working, despite countless administration changes and policy revisions.

One may argue that legalizing drugs will only cause an increase in addiction and crime, but such a threat already exists among gambling addicts and alcoholics.

The social problems related to drug use already exist, but in different forms. Casinos only tempt and support gambling addicts, and the government allows the sale of alcohol and tobacco. The drugs themselves do not cause the user to commit crimes, rather the need to support the habit does, and, again, gambling addiction and alcoholism already cause the same behaviors. Yes, drugs such as cocaine and heroin can wreak havoc on individuals, but why not allow individuals the freedom to choose? The legalization is unlikely to result in a sharp increase in users, as drugs are widely available today. Not every American drinks, gambles or smokes, despite accessibility.
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posted 9/25/09 @ 7:14 PM EST

Drugs should be manufactured by reliable companies who would be responsible for the products they produce. This is of course not the case today as a dealer will disappear immediately as soon as they have made the sale of a product that has been diluted and adulterated with dubious chemicals. (Continued…)

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Bill Harris

posted 9/27/09 @ 12:07 PM EST

One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights or to Cuba for political prisoners. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to ongoing persecution of hippies, radicals, and non-whites under banner of the war on drugs. (Continued…)

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posted 9/27/09 @ 1:18 PM EST

Drugs don't cause crimes? Have you ever heard of PCP?

You have a pretty naive look on this. Yes, marijuana prohibition is foolish, but legalizing hard drugs isn't going to lead to some libertarian free market paradise where the junkies keep their degeneration to themselves. (Continued…)

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posted 9/28/09 @ 2:41 PM EST

Valid medicinal value, it's a victimless crime, the War on Drugs WAY too costly, too many arrests for simple possession, tax it and use the money to pay for health insurance and to reduce the deficit. (Continued…)

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posted 9/29/09 @ 7:18 AM EST

This article and the debate it has initiated here (save the one spam-ish message) are superb. At the very least, we can all agree that this is a debate that merits more attention than it has received. (Continued…)

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