Thursday, March 19, 2009

Philip Slater: Another Spectacular Failure: The War on Drugs

Philip Slater: Another Spectacular Failure: The War on Drugs:

If all drugs were decriminalized and taxed tomorrow--all but marijuana made available only through a doctor's prescription, with clinics for the supervision of addicts--the following events would immediately take place:

  • Billions of dollars would flow into federal, state, and local coffers.
  • The drug cartels in Mexico, Colombia, and elsewhere would collapse.
  • The Taliban would be de-funded.
  • The expensive 'war' on drugs would end, saving more billions.
  • Nonviolent prisoners could be released and retrained, saving more billions, and creating useful, tax-paying citizens.
  • The crime rate would drop, and police would be freed to perform more useful functions.

You can add to this Jesus' dictum that "it is not what enter into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man." Think of all the evil thoughts, murders, thefts, false witness, and slanders that have been perpetrated in the War on Drugs. (I am probably going to be slandered myself from some neo-con just for writing this. :-)


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