Category: drugs

Should We Legalize All Drugs?

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.

However…

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?

What Should I Have Said?

Governor McCrory Chats With Constituent
Governor McCrory Chats With Constituent

Everybody remembers when they were the target of an off-color remark, or on the defensive in an argument with a friend or neighbor. It is always five minutes later, or even the next day when we finally think of the reply we should have made, but missed a great opportunity to settle things. Well, I had a similar feeling this weekend after visiting  friends in the North Carolina town of Black Mountain. The governor of the state made a drive-by visit, glad-handing folks and offering himself for photo opportunities.

My host and I were in two of the stores in downtown Black Mountain that the governor visited. It was interesting to watch the process unfold. It was just like what we see on tv, the state executive greeting people, and pausing for pictures. It was tempting to get into one of the lines to chat with the gentleman.

Hardware Store In Downtown Black Mountain, NC
Hardware Store In Downtown Black Mountain, NC

No, I did not moon the governor. I didn’t even approach the good man to introduce myself. Since I am from Georgia, and he is the governor of North Carolina, I felt the best use of his time was schmoozing local voters. I am sorry I did not take the opportunity. He had no way of knowing where I was from, and he would not have questioned me on that score.

Right after the governor left one store, I did introduce myself to some of the local store employees as the Governor of Georgia. I think one lady believed me.

My retrospective intent is not honorable, either. Looking back, I wonder just what statement or question I could have made that would totally surprise His Honor. He is such a nice looking guy, energetic and caring for the populace. What could I have said, or asked, that would have ruined his day?

My first thought was the following contemporary subject: “What is your position on medical marijuana?” Now, this is not as contentious as it used to be, but the follow-up question could bring things into sharp focus, as “So, you are for legalizing all drugs?

If you are in a liberal town like the one I was visiting, you would think that the governor would be expecting something like the marijuana gambit. You could use the more risky opener, “What is your position on legalizing prostitution?” Some of us guys might think that funny, but one should be careful when asking the governor a question such as this. Television cameras could capture you in the act of being pummeled by the governor’s security detail. Things could get messy.

Of course, there is always the old, “Your fly is open.” line. It works every time.

I would like to hear other off-the-wall questions or comments for politicians. What are your favorites?

United States Exports Death

The Mexican drug cartels exist because of one thing, the drug laws of the United States of America. It is true that the US laws were intended to protect the American people from themselves, but the effects are felt far and wide in the world. A lot of blood can be attributed to our War on Drugs.

According to a CNN article from January, 2012, more than forty-eight thousand Mexican citizens have died as a result of the violence of the Mexican drug cartels. Plus, the Mexican government may be close to collapse as the military war with the cartels continues to go badly.The cartels are awash in cash, and they use this limitless supply of money to pay off police, politicians, and anyone else that can benefit their drug money schemes.

It gets real simple, real quick. If the drug cartels cannot buy what they want, they will kill to eliminate their competition.

As we have learned, problems in Mexico become problems in the United States.

In yesterday’s article I came out for legalizing cannabis. Today, I am going the rest of the distance and am advocating the legalization of all recreational drugs. The unintended consequences of our War on Drugs is causing rivers of blood to flow in the drug supplying countries, and the violence is coming upstream to the United States. Border agents and American citizens have been killed by Mexican drug cartels.

There are risks in legalizing drugs, but I think these risks are outweighed by the benefits of eliminating the criminal acts and organizations that are committing mass murder in the name of money and drugs. The moral approach to the problem is to legalize the use and distribution of drugs.

The monopolistic cartels cannot take the competition, and the reason for the murders will disappear. The whole drug economy will collapse, and thousands of lives will be saved.

No one person has had a better argument for the legalization of drugs than the Nobel Prize winning economist, Milton Friedman. Here is a YouTube video of a conversation about that subject.