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"But if drugs were legal, people would steal to buy drugs" Well, they
do that now. I never advocated legalization of theft, lock thieves up
and don't let them out the next day to make room for drug addicts who
didn't steal anything. We fill our prisons up with peaceful people, and
let child molesters out on the streets to make room for them, it's just

In Suffolk County I remember hearing a candidate for the county
legislature complain that we didn't have enough probation officers for
child molesters, my question is, why would a child molester need a
probation officer? As far as I'm concerned, an adult who thinks for any
reason it is ok to molest a prepubescent child for their own sexual
gratification is a sick monster with no hope of being a productive
member of society, there should never be a lack of jail cells for such
predators. I'm no fan of taxes but I'd say that is a pretty legitimate
use of tax dollars.

If your advocating of criminal possession laws is that someone could
potentially commit a crime as a result, then what you are really
advocating is thought crime. You are basically afraid that after a
person eats something, they might get a bad idea. If I said that to you
without the context of drugs, I think you would likely find that
concept to be frightening, and I don't find it any less frightening in
this context.

"I don't want a crackhouse opening up next door to me!" You probably
don't want a Walmart opening up next door to you either, that's part of
the reason for zoning laws (which I don't like either, but I will cover
that another day) In a free market environment, your next door neighbor
cannot compete with Rite Aid if Rite Aid sells drugs, the Free Market
will keep drug houses out of your neighborhood. The only reason people
are selling drugs out of private homes and apartments now is because
legitimate businesses cannot sell drugs.

The Federal War on Drugs is Unconstitutional

This part has nothing to do with the state governments. If you had to
tie the war on drugs to an enumerated power of the constitution, it
would probably be the interstate commerce clause of article 1 section
8, but it was pretty well understood for the first 150+ years of our
country that the commerce clause did not grant the federal government
the power to ban a product. This was evidenced by the 18th Amendment
which created prohibition of Alcohol. We don't tend to amend the
constitution for kicks, if something can be done by a simple act of
congress (and even if it can't) congress just does it on their own
whims. But it was understood that the federal government didn't have
any proper authority under the constitution to ban alcohol (or anything
else for that matter) under the constitution as it stood, so when the
US decided to ban alcohol, it required three fourths of the the state
legislatures to sign off on the amendment, just like it did to repeal
the 18th amendment with the 21st amendment. From this fact alone, to
believe the federal government has the authority to ban that which it
sees fit to ban, must imply a belief in the "Living Breathing
Constitution" which is as absurd as it is dangerous, because it means
we have an unlimited government that can do whatever it can get away

The War on Drugs is Redistribution of Wealth.

Americans spend upwards of $100 Billion a year on illegal drugs, much
of which is immediately shipped out of this country to the countries
that produce the drugs, like Columbia, and Afghanistan. By not
preventing local businesses from producing and distributing narcotics,
that money would stay in America instead of being shipped to hostile

The War on Drugs Funds Terrorism

As mentioned above, we ship much of our drug revenue off to countries
like Afghanistan, instead of allowing it to collect tax revenues to
fund our military which fights in Afghanistan.

The War on Drugs funds Organized Crime

What lawbreaker in their right mind wouldn't want to get in a $100
Billion+ a year business? That revenue goes to fund contract killings
and weapons and other operations of other criminal enterprises, instead
of collecting tax revenues to fund law enforcement.

Want to add $100+ Billion to GDP Tomorrow?


Legal Drugs would be safer

Currently, there is no telling what is mixed in with the drugs
purchased on the black market, dealers "cut" their drugs with all types
of things, even lacing marijuana with insecticides or PCP to increase
its potency, but there is no force of law or justice to stop them,
since they operate outside of the law. Additionally, since strength of
drugs like cocaine and heroin varies drastically, even experienced
users overdose regularly from what they perceived to be small doses.
Legalized drugs would be uniform in nature, and come with dosing
instructions, since lawful businesses have a vested interest in keeping
their customers coming back, and a healthy fear of lawsuits for
improperly labeled products.

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