Not long ago, I was having an online debate
with a gentleman Cartel Health from England who was considering this whole issue of legalizing drugs, and if that was the solution to take the money from the Drug Cartels, raise tax revenues, and give more freedom to the individual druggie users. Personally, I am quite against illegal drugs myself, so I gladly chose that side of the debate. My acquaintance begins by saying;
It's time to admit the war on drugs has failed
to which I stated; "No, it's only been hampered by political correctness in the tactics." Nevertheless, my acquaintance undeterred and committed to his debating point argues; "drugs are freely available in both our countries so cutting off supply is simply failing (failed a long time ago)."
I would submit that, this is no reason to give up
and the drugs are becoming more potent, more toxic, and causing greater health risks than ever before. If people are allowed to do drugs, I don't want my tax dollars subsidizing new heart valves at age 35. That's not fair. If we legalize drugs, fine but no more government subsidized health care. On his second debate point he states:
The revenues earned by drug warlords
cartels and gangs is extreme and distorts whole societies in both the producing and consuming nations. Corruption is endemic in many public institutions as a result.Well, surely we can't regulate morality, if drugs are legalized and taxed, there will still be illegal drugs, those which are not legalized. And many drugs like pot are starter drugs, leading to more serious types of drug use and addiction later. It ruins families. To this he disagreed completely, but agreed to disagree and then stated;
The Taliban are funded by drugs money
not to mention the likes of the odious FARC in Columbia amongst others Okay but, the Taliban is only of the Afghanistan drug trade, but cultivating poppies is not the problem, it's the people that make it into opium. The cocaine issues with FARC are significant and problematic, eliminate FARC. That was my solution. Eliminate the problem.
He then pointed to the challenges of criminalization and stated Great swathes of our populations are criminalised and cost a huge amount to be detained in prison. Yes, maybe so, but those users knew it was illegal when they took the drugs. They made choices, we have laws. I agree I don't like paying the tax bill for the prisons, but these folks who are addicted are screwing up our society.