Interessante These: Legalisiert *alle* Drogen!
Vor 15 Jahren erlebte ich in den Diskussionsforen des amerikanischen CompuServe interessante Debatten über die Legalisierung von Drogen. Einer der bemerkenswertesten Beiträge zum Thema stammte von einem Mediziner, der eloquent die Legalisierung sämtlicher Drogen forderte. Er gestattete mir, seinen Beitrag weiterzuleiten. Was ich hiermit tue:
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From: MedSig Forum
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Sb: ALL DRUGS LEGAL
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Ignoring, at least temporarily moral questions, recreational drug useshould be legalized:
1. The costs of prohibition, interdiction of drugs, etc., are substantial, some might argue enormous. Legalization results in net positive cash flow in the public coffers from taxation, rather than negative cash flow from attempts to curtail illegal use.
2. Illegality of recreational drug use directly contributes to the financial well being of organized crime, since the profits obtained are higher in the setting of illegal drug use than they would be if a regulated market for the substances was determined.
3. Drug users do not use drugs to become addicts, regardless of motivations, it is in the interest of the „pusher“ to develop the most addictive and seductive drugs possible, since that ensures the „captive“ market needed to thrive and prosper. In a legal climate, the behavioral incentives change for the user and since the activity is not illegal than maintaining a job is more possible in the context of drug use, and illegal behavior is not necessary to get the revenues needed to sustain the“fixes“.
4. Ironically, legalization of drugs will result in the possibility for more effective social deterrents and controls to be brought to bear.Identification of the user with discrete anti-social or a-social subcultures and behaviors makes the drug user openly hostile of conventional morality and behavior. Since this attitude is particularly attractive to the adolescent attempting to differentiate and to explore, the well known susceptibility of the adolescent for drug experimentationis only accentuated by the allure of „illegality“.
5. The high profits and high risks of drug distribution encourages aclimate of lawlessness and violence. The extraordinary penalties leaved for the successful prosecution of drug cases only accentuates theviolence, esp to law enforcement officers, as the felon stands little to lose by adding the penalty of homicide. e.g., by analogy, making kidnapping itself a capital offense, has resulted in a lower proportion of victims being released, since release entails a higher change of capture and conviction, since the act of kidnapping is punishable by death, than little is lost by executing the hostage and additional security is gained in that act.
6. The lucrative nature of the enterprise and the large amounts of largely untraceable money results in an atmosphere which encourages official complicity with drug dealers, graft, payoffs and further contributes tothe erosion of the moral behavior of the ruling class and the perversion of law enforcement by „big money“.
7. By implication from #6, large amounts of liquid capital circulates in an unofficial market immune from regulation and taxation, further aggravating the costs to society of this scourge.
8. Black market sources are notoriously unreliable, therefore, the purity and quality of ones „poison“ is largely unknown contributing to theinherent physical risks involved in ingesting black market drugs.
9. Even given the safety and substance purity issues the acute use health toll is minuscule compared to that of tobacco and ETOH. Compared to the epidemic of traumatic violence and death due to the pursuit of drugs and their distributions with its attendant risks, death from OD or poorquality of drugs is trivial (the last estimate I recall ran to 300/deaths per yr) (in all honesty I will not be able to cite specific sources for that statistic).
10. Serious abridgements of my individual rights have already occurred under the rubic of making me and mine safer. As a result, the current search and seizure laws are clearly unconstitutional and are tolerated because of public indifference to the issues of freedom, public ignorance of the ultimate effects of the gradual sacrifice of individual freedom, and the self righteous belief that only other people could become criminals.
11. Financially rewarding police officers for arresting certain kinds of criminals results in selective enforcement, since there is profit in apprehending drug dealers, while there are only costs involved inapprehending non-drug offenders.
12. In the setting of a nonpaternal world view, in which maximization of responsible individual freedom is the highest good, a situation in whichany outside authority can proscribe the actions of an individual agent, even if the motivation is to „protect“ that agent „from himself“ is indefensible. It is a god-given right to not only be wrong, but to alsoinjury oneself, overtly/intentionally or covertly/unintentionally.
13. An „education“ program based on propaganda rather than fact, fostersan attitude in the most vulnerable components of our society, of disregardfor authority, since in this setting authority is a whore, who acts toplease a political master, rather than the pursuit of truth.
14. Legalization of recreational drugs will encourage legitimate suppliers who with the intrinsic cleverness of the free-market system,will develop new and improved agents in which the desired effects will be predictable, have minimal negative health effects, be of standardized purity. The unscrupulous or inept will be dealt with by the current tortsystem of product liability.
15. The finest legal talents in our nation will become free to deal with constructive social engineering, rather than pervert their skills in thedefense of the Drug Lords and Drug Barons and Drug Kingpins.
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