Barkey - Portugal are decriminalising a lot of drugs with very good results, are they not?
I fully support the treatment of all drugs the way alcohol and cigarettes are treated now - legalise it, tax it to the high heavens, and use some of the money (there will be a surpluss, as there is for the aforementioned) for providing support, education, treatment and detoxing facilities for those who wish to stop using.
Running it as a legal, controlled business puts the illegal dealers in a lot of trouble, though I won't say it eliminates them outright. That would be naive, blackmarkets exist for absolutely everything anyway. But those who want a product that is safe will get one. And yes, drugs aren't completely safe yadda yadda, you know what I mean. You won't get brick dust or rat poison mixed into your pills and powders.
Granted, massive purity increases can be deadly; Dumfries, the market town where I grew up, had to do a whole load of media annoucements because rather than the usual 10% purity heroin on the streets, they were getting 30% stuff from Glasgow without realising it. This meant junkies were dying in droves from the much stronger drugs they were unknowingly taken. But of course, information and education will massively increase with legalisation too, so people will be informed in a non-judgemental way.
edited 2nd Jun '11 3:56:56 PM by CaissasDeathAngel
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