themachine saidFor the life of me, I cannot understand the logic of locking up people for mere possession of drugs. I mean, I get you'd want to try if it works, but once you know it doesn't (and there are 4 decades of proof by now) just drop it.
People on meth or heroin need help, not prison sentences. In fact, they benefit from prison sentences about as much as a lung cancer patient from another smoke.
Indeed. No reason to think locking up nonviolent drug offenders should have any effect whatsoever, especially when they can still get a fix inside through the contraband trade. Meanwhile those drugs that don't actually harm people (such as marijuana) are better off legalized and regulated as it does two important things:
1-Produces substantial tax revenues for the regulating body.
2-Reduces/eliminates the chance of getting sold any product that's been 'cut' with dangerous/addictive additives by allowing a gov't agency to inspect the product for quality and purity.