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The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

rhirschmann Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 8:09 AM
My thoughts are that if we lift the ban on drugs the government can tax the hell out of it. Just like cigarettes. The drug cartels will cease to exist and the violence will diminish accordingly. As John says prohibition was a resounding success. What happened to the mobs when alcohol was legalized again? Take a lesson from history! Like the saying goes, "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it."
HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 8:15 AM
Interesting thought. I live in Colorado, where Medical Marijuana is legal. And 2 - 3 times each week, a MMJ dispensary is robbed. Just because the drugs are legal doesn't mean that criminals won't try to acquire the drugs for free.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 8:28 AM
And when they rob people, they commit a punishable crime. Same as when they rob a bank or convenience store.
Mattieohmalley Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 8:50 AM
People steal alcohol too. Are you for criminalizing alcohol? People steal food. Want to criminalize that as well?
HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 12:17 PM
You've missed my point. Just because something has been legalized, it doesn't remove the criminal element. When something is available legally, it will be available on a more widespread basis. Which means that there are more potential targets for criminal activity.
Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs. Now we lock up more of our people than any other country -- more even than the authoritarian regimes in Russia and China.

A war on drugs -- on people, that is -- is unworthy of a country that claims to be free.

Unfortunately, this outrage probably won't be discussed in Tampa or Charlotte.

The media (including Fox News) run frightening stories about Mexican cocaine cartels and marijuana gangs. Few of my colleagues stop to think that this is...