Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...
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You believe the death penalty is effective in stemming drug use? Do you know where that is actually part of the arsenal? Iran. Guess what has happened since they instituted that law? They now have the highest rate of addiction on the planet. Over 8%. Our rate is less than 2%. Why is it that people believe that by making something insanely profitable to sell, less people will sell it? Is there something about economic theory that Americans just don't understand? How many drug dealers do you think we would have it we gave away drugs for free? Exactly zero. So Americans, in order to try to get to zero drug dealers, make drugs as profitable as possible. That's how the DEA measures it success, by the increase in street prices.
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