Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lost: The War On Drugs

It's time to throw in the towel re: The War On Drugs.  It is simply too expensive, too manpower intensive, and our law enforcement agencies are too outgunned.  The other night a documentary showed the submarines now being used by drug smugglers (and needless to say, they're not your garden variety West Edmonton Mall type).  Furthermore, prohibition in the U.S. early in the last century failed miserably, cost billions, and accomplished nothing.  Recall that "the more you try to restrict something, the more people want it" from previous discourses here.  America's present WoD is failing miserably, costing untold numbers of lives, and running up the public debt.  When is enough "enough"?  Western governments should legalize pot, license growers, and tax the bejesus out of it to reduce debts and deficits.  (Eg. $214.7 billion was spent between 1980 and 1998 on this so-called "war", and probably three times that much since then.)  My principle worry about illicit drugs has always been that when I go to the dentist I don't want him (or her) to be on a drug-induced high.  The problem is, of course, that right now you already don't know if the guy has had a two or three martini lunch, right?  So what's the difference?  I say, let's make pot profitable for the government (it's less harmful than alcohol studies show, after all), and save the troops to combat the real threats like hard drugs.