War (on Drugs) Is Not The Answer! February 28, 2008Posted by federalist in Government Regulation, Healthcare, Natural Rights.
As if the FDA’s regulation of pharmaceuticals weren’t damaging enough, we now have the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency trying to expand the War on Drugs to involve more chemicals with bona fide medical uses. (Where are all the voices who lamented the expansion of the War on Terror from Afghanistan to Iraq?) WSJ has a number of good letters today explaining why the whole War on Drugs is a vain endeavor. Suggests Joe Reimers:
The so-called war on drugs of today is very similar to Prohibition of the 1920s-’30s. It has built multi-billion dollar criminal empires, made criminals of people who would otherwise be little more than dead-beat losers at worst, and corrupted large chunks of government and law enforcement in various places around the world, including here in the U.S.
Why not legalize drug possession/use (as long as it’s not associated with another crime or DUI) for adults, while at the same time eliminating any legal barriers to discrimination against users by any entity, public or private, for any reason, or for no reason at all. This would remove the drug problem from the criminal justice system and address it by societal discrimination.