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Of Course It Would!

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, April 16, 2018, 12:09 (8 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

The Mexican Tourism Minister, De La Madrid, is advocating Marijuana legalization while former President Fox, proposes that poppy opium production be legalized. The aim of both ideas is to reduce gang violence. President Pena Nieto thinks that Mexico and the US should not pursue divergent drug policy . At the same time, the Trudeau government in Canada is considering the decriminalization of all illegal substances.

The question is, Would a combination of decriminalization and legalization significantly reduce drug related violence. While the devil is in the details, I think the answer is yes. ....JB

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-tourism/mexican-states-should-start-legalizing-marijuana-tourism-minister-idUSKBN1HJ32G

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-drugs/former-mexican-president-fox-calls-for-opium-poppy-legalization-idUSKBN1HJ02Q

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberal-caucus-proposes-decriminalization-of-all-illegal-drugs/article37764543/

I agree wholeheartedly with you. The Prohibition and the criminalizing of consumers of popular recreational and medicinal substances is sheer hypocrisy. Hospitals are full of folks suffering ailments from smoking, consumption of sugar, bad diets and even contact with plastics. Taxpayers and insurance holders foot the bill one way or another for all these unhealthy people. Then they also foot the bill for the poor lawmakers who make bad laws that waste the resources of our police forces.

Will the last idiot who still thinks the so-called war on drugs can be won by criminalizing users and dealers and traffickers please raise their hand?

Unlike Prohibition 1.0, we've allowed this nonsense to go on so long that organized criminals have become more empowered than our police forces, and in some cases, our governments. There is no winning any war against foes who have 10 million dollars for every million the government can spend on resources. The only thing of substance this terrible policy has achieved is to create organized criminals who are as wealthy and powerful as many of the world's largest financial institutions and corporations.

What legalization and regulation can achieve in the short term is a leveling of the playing field by removing the largest source of income for organized criminals, an immediate decrease in violence (nothing to fight over if there are no routes or markets to protect), and in the long run it frees up resources to provide better schooling, better health care, better treatment for abusers and addicts, and a reduction in addicts and abusers as well as crime and health problems associated with the use of recreational substances as well as a reduction in the allure of young people seeking fast money in the world of organized crime. Everyone wins except arms manufacturers, militarized departments of police forces including the DEA who lose their multimillion dollar budgets, organized criminals, corrupt public servants, unscrupulous bankers, and Big Pharma, Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco.


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