Hillary Clinton: We Can’t Legalize Drugs Because ‘There Is Just Too Much Money in It’
Jacob Sullum | February 7, 2011
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Last week, while visiting Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Denise Maerker of Televisa, who asked her opinion of proposals to address black-market violence by repealing drug prohibition. Clinton’s response illustrates not only the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position but the economic ignorance of a woman who would be president (emphasis added):
Maerker: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?
Clinton: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that—you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped.
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Many a true word comes through in an unguarded moment.
Think of all the politicians and bureaucrats that would be out of job. At the very least, ¼ of the federal prisons could be closed.
Money being spent on the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” could be returned to the taxpayers.
Drugs were once available in a true free market. We had addicts. We will ALWAYS have addicts. Time after time, we see that there’s about a 10% addiction rate. No matter what the law is.
So, if we “legalize drugs”, then we will put the Columbian Drug Kingpins on welfare. And, think of all the children and young adults that we will save from bad drugs and from addiction. (Addiction, because when drugs are no longer illegal, they won’t be “kool”.)
We will also remove the corrupting effect of drug dealers bribing cops and repeal the whole civil forfeiture laws.
Or we can continue doing it “Hillary’s way”!
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