Hypothetical World: Legalizing Drugs

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Drugs — gateway to ruin or economic upturn?

For decades puritanical thinking has turned drugs into the ultimate enemy. We’ve even fought a war against drugs. As drugs are still on the streets and junkies are still getting high, it’s safe to say that either the war rages on, or we’ve lost and have yet to admit defeat.

Why do drugs have power?

Obviously they are addictive substances, but so are several legal commodities. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol — all are legal products available for purchase. Prescription medications are also drugs and equally as addictive, but they are allowed because of their medicinal value.

Why are some addictive substances legal and controlled, whereas others have become the fictionalized enemy of a “war” that has lasted for several decades?

Some would speculate that religious influences have kept drugs illegal. Many religious leaders state that drugs are the devil’s tools of corruption. In fact most rehabilitation programs involve a religious focus as a means to expel the toxins and remain clean.

Money and control, however, are the ultimate forces behind keeping drugs illegal.

Consider: Most drugs can be made from home with common household ingredients. If Big Brother can’t control whether or not you bake cookies, how can he control you making drugs? More importantly, how can Big Brother get his monetary cut from what you’re making? Simple answer –he can’t. There are too many people and too many variables to control. Ergo, a blanket illegalization controls the situation.

To maintain this control, the government has supported negative allegations against drug use:

  • Drugs can ruin your life.
  • Drugs can lower your inhibitions.
  • Drugs can lead to fatal mistakes.

Sure — these phrases have an amount of truth to them. Nevertheless, they are generic statements based on fear tactics. Furthermore, people aren’t creating solutions to these specific problems– in fact they are deliberately creating pseudo-solutions that avoid the issue.

Avoiding an issue does not solve it. Making rules that outlaw drugs will not stop drug use and in fact will only increase the monetary value of drugs as a commodity. Drugs are expensive because they are illegal and therefore difficult to find. Drug dealers can charge whatever they want because the demand is high and supplies are low.

Instead of avoiding America’s addiction to drugs, let’s embrace it. Hypothetically let’s all accept that drugs exist, that people enjoy how drugs make them feel, and that simple little laws will not work to deal with the problem.

The problem isn’t that drugs are available. The real problems deal with regulation and disbursements.

Currently illegal drugs are made by regular people. There are no regulations and little uniformity with creating different types of drugs. If companies and chemists were able to examine different drugs and come up with clean and safe formulas to mass-market these items, we could solve several problems, such as citizens receiving improperly mixed doses that prove fatal.

Disbursement is a two-tiered process. First of all, disbursing drugs to the populace needs to be done in the light of day instead of in dark alleys. Drug dealers and drug lords only have power because they are the only sellers out there. If we legalize drugs and make them available in every store, we eliminate the influence and power of drug cartels.

The second aspect of disbursement involves the individual. Each person has a different tolerance to every single drug. Most addicts are just looking for their high, and don’t care how many pills or shots they take as long as they get their feeling of euphoria. To safeguard against overdose would require not only proper dosage instructions, but also specific care facilities and staff for drug users.

The fiscal impact of this hypothetical world is not a matter of how much it will cost for these programs, but how much money could be earned if these programs were put into action.

Looking first at commerce, drugs could provide serious revenue in regards to taxes. If drugs are created by companies and licensed chemists, they could be safely mass produced and distributed through retailers, and thus be properly taxed like any other commodity. With so much supply the price of drugs would go down from current street value, but the demand would remain high enough to make the deal lucrative.

Additionally, legalizing drugs creates a new job market niche. Construction personnel would be required to build new factories and new care facilities. Factory workers would find more openings in plants dedicated to production and distribution of the product. Vocational markets in the healthcare industry would expand to deal specifically with creating and manufacturing the drugs, as well as regulating and dosing drug users appropriately.

 Drugs are things, they are not the enemy. The only real enemy in this war on drugs would be drug dealers and cartels. Eliminate their power over their product, and you eliminate them altogether. Society needs to take responsibility for what drugs actually are and the problems involved therein. Avoidance is a stopgap that will not solve this problem. Acceptance and action are far better solutions.

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5 thoughts on “Hypothetical World: Legalizing Drugs

  1. The Good and the Bad of legalizing drugs…. 1st America will find it harder to govern (read police)the world if drugs are made legal. America prides herself on being “morally right” when giving her two cents to countries that may or may not have asked for it. For America to admit defeat in anything would crack the pillars on which she stands. From the Vietnam war (which was unwinnable) to the war on drugs her stance has to be that of always a rightous cause. America needs drugs to truly mask the high that it’s people are subjected to on a daily basis. If we looked at our country through objective eyes, sober minds would ask what is wrong with this picture?

    The legalization of drugs would cause the crime rate to soar…yes you read that right. If drugs were your only means to support your family, your habits, etc. and now could be found at your local “health center” (Get that good crack @GNC people) other violent means would take it’s place to make up for lost income.

    Anytime a drug shortage was in Washington DC, the murder rate would rise. When drugs were plentiful, murder still could be found, but not at that alarming rate. Robberies would sore as well. I’m not citing these facts from some media post, I’m citing these facts from being a DC resident.

    2nd if drugs were made so easily accessable, then the falling family structure would collapse before this long winded response could be read. An addict that’s too deep into their addiction lives for one thing, thats to get high. And get high all the time. No matter what channels that would be put in place to supposedly limit ones access.

    Drugs have been here since the dawn of time, the bible speaks of sorcerer’s applying their trade causing great visions…..further study reveals that they were the 1st drug sellers pushing some really good shit.

    Granted, too much of any drug can lead to an addiction (smoking, drinking anyone) but these have been long excepted into society and aren’t going anywhere. And we (many humans) have adapted to them and their ills.

    But if your a fan of Health Ledger’s Joker and want chaos to reign supreme then DO NOT add to the already lengthy list of drugs thats legalized.

    1. Hey Dkwalker—– thanks for commenting on my blog, and I’m sorry it took so long to respond. My computer was giving me serious problems and I finally figured out that my power supply was failing. Anyhow, all problems are fixed, and I can now respond to your comment =0)

      I understand and partially agree that American society has an idealistic view of itself being moral and infallible. That being said, this view is obviously false, and if we want real change in this country we need to admit that we are not perfect and that it is OK.

      By legalizing drugs there would be some initial problems, but that’s true of any bit of new legislation. Measures would have to be taken to help the American public transition into this new society where drugs are legal.

      It would probably take a period of three to four years to transition and create proper programs. Several variables would have to be considered, such as building facilities to mass produce drugs, studying how to safely create drugs and distribute them, and training present-day drug dealers to be working citizens in this newly developed vocation.

      There are so many different aspects of this concept that there’s no way it could be done overnight. To do so would cause mass panic; therefore small steps must be taken for this to be successful.

      The American public cannot continue to let fear of possible problems stand in the way of change. Yes — change is scary, but our system is broken and needs to change for the US to survive and thrive.

      What must happen is a complete examination of what legalizing drugs could do. From there we could examine all foreseeable outcomes and plan contingencies. These plans would become transitional programs that could in turn solve problems before they become unstable and difficult to maintain.

      You bring up an interesting point — that to take away this career from drug dealers would cause them to enter into more serious criminal activities.

      Initially drug dealers entered their illegal profession of choice because they had limited options. Creating programs that help train them to work safely in a trade they have plenty of experience in, i.e. dealing or making drugs, could be beneficial to many of them—perhaps even preferred. Although financially it’s not as lucrative as the drug market is right now, it would ultimately be safer and include medical and retirement benefits.

      No matter what programs are out there some people continually choose to commit crimes, and these people are not likely to change their ways. I know that even with proper training some people just can’t deal with working a regular job and being a regular citizen. They either psychologically need or personally prefer the path of criminal behavior. My idea will not change or transform these individuals, but I never implied that this idea was a perfect solution — there are no perfect solutions. I merely introduced this concept as a way to think outside of the box.

      You stated that from your experiences in DC that murder rates and robbery rates weren’t noticeably different even when drugs were plentiful. The difference from this real-world example and my hypothetical example would be that ideally drugs would be administered and taken under controlled conditions. In other words, there would be facilities, we can call them ‘clubs,’ where people would go and do their drugs, but they would have to stay in these facilities until the drug(s) were out of their system. Likewise, there would probably be an industry of trained personnel who could come into people’s homes and watch over them while they were under the influence. For certain drugs it would be required that people be restrained for their own protection. These controlled conditions would keep drug users under control and most likely unable to commit crimes.

      The idea of the family unit being completely destroyed by drugs has not escaped my notice. Any addiction can rip a family apart, but ignoring the addiction by leaving drugs illegal doesn’t solve the problem either.

      There are certain areas where people need to take responsibility for their own actions, and I believe that the family unit is one of them. Family members have to get together and openly discuss addiction problems and how they as a family unit want to handle those concerns.

      Making drugs legal may help people admit to being addicted to drugs. With drugs being illegal right now, most people do them in dark, private places, and never let anyone know because they are ashamed. Legalizing drugs and making the action socially acceptable can encourage people to admit that they use drugs. Legalization will not guarantee people will act this way, but again that is a question of personal responsibility.

      Once again, I do not fear the idea of chaos as much as you seem to. I still firmly believe that using the possibility of chaos and anarchy is nothing more than a fear tactic meant to keep the populace controlled and stagnant.

      -L.

      1. Your replay is like asking to discern between the lesser evil……NEWS FLASH; evil is evil. Why not eradicate drugs entering the shores of the U.S.? Because it is a necessary evil; a tool for population control and to make sure certain programs can still run due to people and their drug use,ie treatment centers, prisons and such. Drugs are an overwhelming buisness; just ask the CIA and their covert ran operations in the Vietnam war. Ironic no soil can produce the coca leaf, but crack ends up in the inner cities at an alarming rate.

        Here’s my picth on the war on drugs: First off America has to admit that their was never a real war on drugs just a facade to appease the religous aspect of this nation.

        Second; if we (meaning America)is one of the world leaders in technology, then how hardis it to really stop drugs from entering? Make a true and contrite effort to make a STOP.

        Third; America prides itself on our people adapting and overcoming any and all negative situations. Well if drugs were truly halted then let us show our resolve once again and adapt to drugs no longer being an escapism that’s available to us.

        But the chaos that you so much yearn for has been in place since America’s inception and will not cease because of what it yields.

        If you want REAL chaos then ask America to truly live up to the Freedom of Information Act…….

        Until that happens or something to that degree, you asking for the legalization of drugs and your so-called fixes is nothing more than rhetoric that oils the cogs in the machine we all contribute to….AND NO I’M NOT ON NO MATRIX SHIT!!!!

        (once again I love conversing with you)

  2. I agree with you about legalizing drugs. I think it would create a stronger economy, rather than increase crime. Right now we increase violence in other countries–Columbia, Mexico, Afghanistan–where they grow or manufacture the drugs for import to the US, and we help fund anti-American groups around the world. Legalizing them would bring the jobs home, help us enforce higher standards, and bring in extra revenue. People are already using them, so that won’t change. I’ve never used an illegal drug, but this is my position based on logic.

  3. I agree with legalizing drugs, but it has to be accompanied by widespread drug education and available rehabilitations centers. When people speak of legalization what usually comes to mind is marijuana and extacy etc. Drugs people like, but don’t necessarily get addicted to. You can smoke a joint once and never try it again.

    A blanket legalization, however, would encompass much harder drugs like heroin, crack, crystal meth. Some 20 year old who tries meth for the first time after buying it in a corner store will most likely be hooked. The very same chemical reactions that makes that drug feel good is also what makes it addictive.

    Instantly putting crack on the open market would destroy a lot of lives (Imagine an industry as big as Big Pharma advertising and selling crack). It would have to be coupled with a change in our culture where information about what these drugs do could be openly discussed. What I think would also have to change, I’m afraid, is the quality of life for most of the population so that an escape from reality through drugs isn’t so highly desired.

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