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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?

The War On Marijuana Is Lost

The government’s war on cannabis is basically lost. We should not be kidding ourselves about what is going on. I know that millions of people will not admit this fact, but it is true.

Medical marijuana is now legal to some degree in the following states and the District of Columbia.

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Hawaii
  9. Maine
  10. Michigan
  11. Montana
  12. Nevada
  13. New Jersey
  14. New Mexico
  15. Oregon
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Vermont
  18. Washington

Whatever reasons you have against the use of cannabis, the legalization of weed is gaining strength in the nation. I believe that in the next five years, marijuana will be legal in a majority of the states. A Gallup poll in 2011 showed that over 50% of people in the US favor legalizing cannabis.

Interestingly, a Los Angeles Times article recently reported that eighty percent of Californians support the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Yet fifty percent of Californians oppose the total legalization of the use of cannabis. In most polls the largest group of people opposing any use of cannabis is the Senior Citizens. Why do you thing that is?

There are several other states with legislation favorable to medical marijuana pending. They are:

  1. Illinois
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Missouri
  4. New York
  5. Ohio
  6. Pennsylvania

If the legislation passes in those states, there will be 23 states where medical marijuana is legal or decriminalized to some degree. The half-way mark for medical marijuana is only two states away from reality.

States where medical marijuana legislation has failed are listed below.

  1. Alabama
  2. Idaho
  3. Indiana
  4. Iowa
  5. Kansas
  6. Maryland
  7. Mississippi
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee
  11. West Virginia
  12. Wisconsin

This is one case where we should not be obsessing over the use of a drug. In my opinion we should totally legalize marijuana and take the criminal element out of it. It has never made sense to put people in prison for using drugs, and it makes even less sense putting people in prison for smoking marijuana. If somebody has an accident while high on a drug, then you can prosecute them as drunk drivers. It is the same principle.

It becomes a real problem for the federal government if most states legalize the use of cannabis. We will have to decide the wisdom and worth of the rights of sovereign states versus the right of the federal government to regulate. Interestingly, Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy is to not prosecute users, but to prosecute dealers. This is his way to not confront the power of the sovereign states, and to keep most of the Department of Justice out of jail.

According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the ACA case, the federal government does not have the freedom to regulate commerce as they once thought. It will be interesting to see a marijuana case before the Supreme Court, and what the liberal judges say about that. I believe they would vote to legalize pot because most of them lived on weed while in college and law school. That’s what liberals and lawyers do.

What do you think about legalizing marijuana, or any other drug?