Shutting dealers down has the same effect, in terms of economy, as closing the local country store or tobacco barn.
other nations have long given up our prohibition model and are better off for it, their crime and incarceration rates reflect that.
Besides, its not in the government's interest to ever cure this problem they created, because as long as we whine and pretend to take the moral highground and scream "what about the children!?!?" as if we are kyles mom from south park, they make money through the courts...
with fines and property siezures and cash siezures and such, while also providing job security for lawyers cops and prison guards.
Operation unite and a bad local economy lacking real industry is the perfect combination to create "welfare jobs" for people with the "right" last names (brains or ability not required), whether they be part of drug court or a federal agent.
You people are being played by parasites that create a bogeyman with moral outrage then sell you a solution to combat this horrible problem.
meanwhile pharmacies rake in money hand over fist.
see you can be an oxy slut or a xan whore all day long, so long as the doctor gives you permission, whether you have need of the medicine or not, are such people some how better than those filling the jails then?
we tried the prohibition model with alcohol in the 20's, it enabled men like al capone to rise to unprecedented power because simple booze, easy to make and normally worth little, suddenly became worth a whole lot.
you could let the druggies and their pimps destroy themselves as they are prone to naturally do, and spend those tax dollars in infrastructure or industry or education....
but no, we will, by god, dictate that others live by "our" idea of right (even though that idea is not our own but fashioned and handed to us by the very devils that created the problem, then try and sell us the solution, a solution which demands we pay them our tax dollars)