Commentary: Legalize drugs to stop violence

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    Mar 24, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    Story Highlights

    • Jeffrey Miron: Thousands have been killed in Mexico's ongoing drug war

    • He says U.S. drug policy leads to corruption of politicians and law enforcement

    • Miron: Legalizing drugs is the best way to reduce drug violence

    • He says drugs should be controlled through regulation and taxation

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/24/miron.legalization.drugs/index.html

    Isnt this just what we were saying on another thread....

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/452272/
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 24, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    I think this thread is going to open a can of worms.

    I don't think that's accurate. Holland, the friendliest place for legalized drugs, has just come out at the end of 2008 saying that their legalization efforts created an unintended consequence: organized crime.

    Whether it's a gang-related turf war or mafia-style, the threat and risks will always remain. I think the real reason for the Mexican war is the current economic decline. Crime rates go up alongside increases in unemployment and too many people can get lured into fast-cash industries like the drug industry. This increase in drug culture is what perpetuates the turf wars that are out of control due to a corrupt police force/government.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 24, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    Damn! My previous post was off by one hour and one minute. icon_confused.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 24, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    I also believe that the arguments for legalizing drugs are the same as gun rights and capital punishment in that they all supposedly keep crime rates down.

    How's that for an observation?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 24, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    The serious problem is not only the USA's huge appetite for illicit drugs but also the persistant problems of corruption in the Mexican political structure. Yes decriminalizing drugs would cause their black market profits to plummet and will greatly reduce violence and bloodshed on both American and Mexican streets but at the same token decriminalization could cause of new set of serious health problems and even increased mortality rates. So decriminalizing drugs is not a total cure all to this persitant serious problem. Mexico needs to continue political reforms and clean up all its levels of government and deal with its poverty and depressed economy. Perhaps one way for Mexico to start is to expand and upgrade its infrastructure. It also could improve its education and health care systems as well.
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    Mar 24, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    Illegal or not hard & lesser drugs will always lead to problems. The wealthier we are and the more access to leisure time we have the greater the desire for mind altering. I just personally don't agree with having a government that can tell me what I can & can't have access too.

    I don't really see too where drugs like weed are much different from alcohol. Both can cause harm to you and those around you. More people die each year from drunk driving related accidents than pot yet one is just restricted and the other send you to prison for possession.

    Just restrict & tax IMO.
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    Mar 25, 2009 12:47 AM GMT
    Pluses for Legalization

    Purity of filler

    Contistant Dosage No more Hot Shots

    Control of Access by age simular to Alcohol

    Removal of Gang War for Drug Dealing Territories.

    Tax Revenue for ReHab

    Less Crime over all and greatly reduced violence due to lack of Gang Territory Battles

    Negatives

    The 2 to 3% who might not use today due to legality might use if the drugs are legalized
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    Mar 25, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Legalize drugs to stop boredom.
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    Mar 25, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidStory Highlights

    • Jeffrey Miron: Thousands have been killed in Mexico's ongoing drug war

    • He says U.S. drug policy leads to corruption of politicians and law enforcement

    • Miron: Legalizing drugs is the best way to reduce drug violence

    • He says drugs should be controlled through regulation and taxation

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/24/miron.legalization.drugs/index.html

    Isnt this just what we were saying on another thread....

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/452272/


    Yep. It's long been known that Prohibition is a miserable failure. The new news is that we're actually pondering sensible legislation again, even if it's still at the fringe.
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    Mar 25, 2009 6:26 AM GMT
    People get what they want so you might as well tax the fuck out of them.

    Probably won't fly... how much money goes down the rat hole known as DEA and the 'war on drugs'?