More tax dollars are wasted as a direct result of our drug laws then will ever even be considered for any type of drug treatment programs. There would be a drastic decline in drug related crimes if we were to legalize the drugs and drop the prices low enough for the current addicts to obtain them legal and cheap. We could require an ID "which they'd gladly provide " and this way we could track and limit the amount obtained by each individual. We could then make laws that would actually teach somebody a lesson instead of using our legal system as an income generator ,
When you make something like drugs ,that will never ever stop, illegal all you do is make some dope dealer in Central or South America rich with billions of untaxed American dollars. Making drugs illegal is not a solution it creates more problems then it begins to solve.
We have to educate our children in how to deal with temptation the same way we deal with the "free choices" that come along with alcohol. Prohibition didn't work in the 30's Abortion bans in the 50's only created a black market for baby killing too.
Although it is a terrible thing we were forced to deal with it in a different way then making it illegal.
We stand to make billions and put the producers and traffickers out of business all in one fell swoop by legalizing the stuff . Only then can we get some kind of handle on this problem, as it stands we'll be going in circles and wasting our tax dollars in a vain attempt to stop something that we'll never even put a dent in .
The money we waste in feeding and housing non-violent drug offenders, in funding the DEA, and the extra border drug detection alone would put a dent in our deficit and that's not even counting the money we'd make on the legal sale and taxation of those drugs .
Another added benefit would be an end to this nasty Meth stuff that the war on drugs has brought us . When we slowed the import of Cocaine into the country the capitalist and the Speed freaks found a way to get their money and their buzz with this replacement drug . If a person could walk into a pharmacy and buy a gram of cocaine cheap then nobody would ever buy Meth,it would disappear.
What we are doing now is not working and I'm offering a different view to combating the problem we currently have,I'm convinced that a lot of the current problem isn't the drug but the drug laws. The laws are what enables the mass profit to be made.
We could adopt stiffer laws for contributing to minors such as a 10 yr. min. and your addicts at that point would have nothing to do with letting our kids get a hold of the stuff they'd be our biggest allies in keeping them out of the hands of our children.
As it stands people are going to find a way to get high and nothing we do is going to stop this. I don't drink or use any drugs anymore but when I was younger I tried about all of them and they are out there and easy to get . If there is no money in importing the stuff then it will stop .
I haven't even touched on all the innocent people who die everyday trying to stop the stuff or being in the crossfire of those trying to stop drugs and those trying to get them into the country.
I could go on and on ,The benefits of legalization far outweigh the benefits of our current stance on drugs.... It is common sense.