Prisons cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and operate in America. The criminal justice system is swamped with drug dealers and violence in which they are involved. Politicians spend much time and money fighting illegal drugs. Border patrol personnel are at high risk for injury or death from drug cartels. Our border is porous and vulnerable to the drug cartels which are also involved in human trafficking including infiltrators who seek to do America harm. Our court system is clogged with drug cases.
Now, you ask, how can all of this be eliminated with ease and by spending billions of dollars less than we are already spending? Shall we legalize drugs? No, that is a bad idea, because then the government will tax and regulate them so that it will become an important and profitable part of the above ground culture. Right now it is below ground, but not very far.
We already know that making them illegal is not working as we see crime, murder and overdoses destroying American cities, and has even infiltrated the rural communities of America. There is an answer though; decriminalize drugs. What does that mean and do? First off, it means that no laws will be applied against anyone using, buying or selling drugs. If someone is under the influence, and they cause bodily injury or property damage, they will have to be held accountable, but not for using drugs.
If drugs are decriminalized, then there is no incentive for the government to do anything with or about them. There is no need for interdiction at the border. There in no need for a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). There is no need for a drug task force on police departments. There is no need for mass surveillance. The courts will have a large percentage of their cases dropped. Only where people have been injured or murdered over a drug deal will it be necessary to adjudicate a case. Without spending a dime, and more importantly eliminating all sorts of billions of dollars in expenses, we will be a freer society. Not only that, but there will be no need for the drug dealers to bribe various elected and appointed officials to turn a blind eye to their actions. We will become a more honest society.
Yes, drugs are debilitating to our society, and as such, there should be a stigma upon their use, but that has to come from a morally upright society, not a top down iron fisted law enforcement system. Decriminalization will take the profit out of drugs, and therefore the glamour as well – no more dealers with Ferraris, mansions and fancy night clubs to show off! This writer welcomes any arguments against the idea of decriminalization!
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