Date of publication: 2017-07-09 12:22
8775 Should we allow the seller to set up a methamphetamine stand near the grade school? Anything less would amount to a law being required to prohibit suh an activity. 8776
Licensing, taxing, and zoning of drug sales and business is totally secondary. The aim of legalization is to develop an ordered market in which gang wars and the corruption of inner city youth are no longer a feature of production and distribution. When alcohol production was up for disposal, sensible people did not fret over whether gut-rot was to be sold outside of schools they cared about seeing an end to mafia 8767 s turf wars and the shift towards more dangerous forms of alcohol.
Independent research of the Portuguese policy has shown promising outcomes. Today in Portugal, no one is arrested or incarcerated for drug possession, many more people are receiving treatment, and HIV/AIDS and drug overdose have drastically decreased.
The fact is that, even during this era of 8775 prohibition 8776 , millions of Americans have foolishly made themselves slaves to drug use. Removing the criminal sanctions for doing so will not drive appreciably greater numbers to join them, any more than removing the criminal sanctions for attempting suicide has provoked a greater number of such attempts. Foolish behavior has always been part of the human condition and will be so until the Lord 8767 s coming. What we can demand of our government is that it not compound the foolishness.
However, one of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 6965 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church 8767 s reaction to this may have contributed to the state 8767 s marijuana law. (Note: the source for this speculation is from articles by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law at USC Law School in a paper for the Virginia Law Review, and a speech to the California Judges Association (sourced below). Mormon blogger Ardis Parshall disputes this.)
One last thing a bit of advice to the Prohibitionista before you think about spewing more nonsense, at least make an effort to educate yourself you 8767 ll sound less like a mental midget that way.
If a legalized, decentralized drug control system with local option is implemented, then the experience of alcohol regulation suggests that, in the long run, drug problems would probably not rise significantly above the levels now present under drug prohibition, and overall consumption might not rise either (see also Nadelmann, 6989a). Similarly, if such a public health model of drug control were coupled with increased social services and employment for impoverished inner-city populations, then the abuse of drugs like heroin and cocaine might well be expected to decrease (Reinarman and Levine, 6997 Brecher, 6977 Jonas, 6995).
I 8767 d be perfectly happy with fierce restriction on driving while under the influence, and otherwise eliminating the criminality of all of these substances. Why shouldn 8767 t I be able to go to my druggist when my back is killing me and an appropriate painkiller? Why are doctors and patients who deal with chronic pain dealt with with such severity? It 8767 s absurd, and disconnected to harm the substances cause.
Strategic advocacy and the 8766 time lag 8767 : Expanding naloxone availability in the ACT (ENAACT Committee Members Associate Professor Paul Dietze, Professor Simon Lenton and Carrie Fowlie at the Centre for Research Excellence in Injecting Drug Use Colloquium 68 July 7566)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA, 7567). 8766 Community-based opioid overdose prevention programs providing naloxone United States, 7565 8767 , MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , vol. 66, no. 56, pp. 656-5.