It's time to legalize drugs

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    William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman, two of the most respected conservative intellectuals of the late 20th century, were among the drug war's high-profile critics. These great thinkers did not argue that recreational drug use should be celebrated -- far from it! Instead, they argued that the prohibition of drugs was causing far greater harm to society than drug abuse itself. And they were right.

    When I ran for governor of New Mexico in 1994, I promised to bring a common-sense business approach to government. Everything was going to be a cost-benefit analysis -- how much of taxpayers' money are we spending, and what are we getting for the money we spend?

    As governor, I was astonished to learn that half of what we were spending on law enforcement, courts and prisons was drug-related, and yet illegal drugs were cheaper, stronger and more available than ever. After further study, it became obvious to me that the drug war had created a lucrative black market and was enriching and empowering violent gangs and cartels. In many ways, it was like alcohol prohibition all over again, with similarly disastrous results.

    Gary Johnson: Face reality, legalize pot - CNN.com
     
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    Start with Pot, Ectasy, and shrooms. See how that goes as a test to look into legalizing others.
     
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    Pot sure without question.
     
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    Ya after the next election cycle I suspect there's going to be a huge need to medicate a lot of people :lol:
     
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    You guys really think open air drug markets in the US are a good idea?
     
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    Do it like the dutch, specific stores, government regulated, supplied by in state farms or labs. Everything checked, everything taxed. Even allow people to grow small amounts on thier property for personal use.

    The only thing you would have to work on would be a blood concentration vs. incapacity scale, similar to BAC to punish people operating motor vehicles while under the influence.
     
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    Would that work with every drug though, like crystal meth and heroin? alot of the people that use those can barely hold down a job as it is.
     
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    I would start with the least harmful. Pot, E, Shrooms. I agree it may not be possible with some of them, but think about the manpower savings in law enforcement you get from legalizing the "kiddie" drugs. You could then target the more damaging ones far easier.
     
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    Is your guilty conscience bothering you again?
     
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    The Dutch experiment is a failure, as they try to stuff the genie back in the bottle.

    I have a better solution: give each addict caught with drugs the absolute best rehab program available. If caught again, execute them. Execute dealers even on a first time offense.
    That will solve the drug problem.
     

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