I’ve always been a big fan of Milton Freedman, Nobel Laureate economist. One of his more controversial ideas was to legalize all drugs. His reasoning was that drug related crimes would pretty much stop, and the nation would save billions of dollars when not having to fight a war on drugs. See a Miltion Freedman video, here.
As Freedman illustrates, there are lots of good reasons to legalize the use of all drugs. It almost goes without saying that drive-by shootings would decrease to almost zero. Tax revenues would increase on the sale of these drugs. Our prison population, and the cost to maintain these people, would decrease significantly. He makes it sound like a win-win.
What happens to those who insist on using these drugs? How do we handle their addictions? Are we prepared to handle future addictions?
Now that my children are grown-up, I have another worry. I am concerned about my grandchildren. They are small people, right now, but someday they will go to high school and college. What problems will they face. Will it become really popular to use crack cocaine? Why not? Our President thinks it’s OK.
In my own smug way I always thought that others could make the mistake of wallowing in the addictions of drugs and alcohol. If others took themselves out of the job market, I would only profit. But, I never thought that we are all vulnerable to these problems with some at greater risk than others.
Right now, I have decided that legalizing all drugs could be a big mistake. I value my children and grandchildren. I am not so stupid to think that alcohol and marijuana are harmless. Only a fool would think that way.
How many potheads do you remember in school or your neighborhoods? Do you want your kids or grand-kids to be pot-stupid, too?
This is the future we face if we continue down this road of legalizing pot, crack, and other drugs.
Where will it end?