LIBERTY: Drugs out of the prisons?

How the Drug War Makes Drugs Less Safe
By Benjamin M. Wiegold
January 3, 2014

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Ron Paul famously asked in his farewell address “Has anybody noticed that authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?” Of course the “prison approach” couldn’t ever solve the problem, it actually hasn’t insofar as it has been tried ($41 billion annually!), and it has brought with it a multitude of additional problems regarding civil liberties, drug safety, pricing, overdose and addiction rates. Perhaps an appropriate follow up to the question posed by the former congressman would be: how long will it take for society to realize the promise of the other option?

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So why can’t we try another strategy?

Separation of Gooferment and Medicine!

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One Response to LIBERTY: Drugs out of the prisons?

  1. Drug legalization (or at least marijuana and then, I believe, likely followed by the opiates and cocaine) is inevitable, and soon. Why do I say that? Because it’s the *ONLY* way to even BEGIN to dig out of our economic mess. Legalizing/taxing drugs would not just bring in $50 billion+/year in taxes, it would likely save a similar amount in court/police/prison costs, while pumping again a similar amount into the economy from a good number of those prisoners working and paying taxes themselves PLUS removing the free tax ride that drug dealers get as they would then be forced to find ordinary employment.

    An extra $150 billion a year won’t solve the mess we’re currently in, but it’ll be the biggest fix possible to save the gvt from total collapse for at least a while.

    So that’s why I say that.

    – MJM


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