A lot of people go back and forth over which ‘drugs’ should be completely illegal, which should be legal for medicinal use and which should be made readily available to everyone (possibly with certain age restrictions). It seems that the US government has made some rather lopsided decisions on this matter. All the while, most of the banned substances are easier to obtain than their legal counterparts. If this doesn’t make much sense to you, don’t feel bad, everyone is just as perplexed as you are.
Firstly there’s the question of why certain chemicals are categorized the way they are. Alcohol is perfectly legal despite killing a ridiculous number of people each and every year. Tobacco is also completely legal even though it contains a laundry list of poisons and causes many different diseases and conditions. On the other hand marijuana is banned by the federal government (note that some states have relaxed their laws), even though it is well known that it has never killed anyone. Opium and heroin are illegal, but many of their derivatives are commonly prescribed to just about everyone. This seems a little odd to me.
Next is the issue of banning anything at all. Very few people remember prohibition, though most Americans know what it was. It was the ban on alcohol from 1920 to 1933. Anyone who’s studied history knows just how well that worked out. Making alcohol illegal just meant that only criminals were making money from it. The government effectively made its enemies rich, while denying itself tax dollars and making it impossible to regulate what was in the bootleg liquor. The same is happening now. Instead of making it as safe as possible by making sure it isn’t cut with anything worse than the drug itself and taxing the hell out of it like they do tobacco and alcohol, they put all the money and power in the hands of drug cartels and greedy punks looking to maximize profits. Let’s face it. If someone wants to get high, they’re going to, with or without the government’s approval. I don’t know about you, but since it’s going to happen anyway, I’d rather see people taking things that have certified ingredients, and see the money going into our failing education system, rather than funding the gang wars here and abroad.
Staying on the topic of money, consider this for a moment: The American taxpayer is spending an ungodly amount of money prosecuting and imprisoning drug offenders. I did a little research and couldn’t find a definitive number to assign to this, but one site claimed that annually, between 7.5 and 10 billion dollars are spent just on the prosecution of marijuana charges. Yeah, you read that right, and that’s just the prosecution of marijuana. Nothing about the cost of keeping people in jails and prisons, and nothing about any other drugs. Extrapolate that out to include everything involved and it’s no wonder why so many other government funded programs are so terribly under-funded.
One final point I’d like to make, despite knowing that it will likely not be received well by the more sensitive readers is an expansion of something I said earlier. People who want to take drugs will, laws be damned. Now I know that there are many people who are addicted to various chemicals, I myself smoke cigarettes and am having a hard time quitting, so I know how addiction works. I also know that many of you have someone close to you who would love to break the cycle and I wish them luck, but there are some people out there who just want to spend their days in a stupor and would stab your grandma for another hit. This latter group are the ones I’m going to address. Making their drug of choice accessible might make it more likely that they will overdose. That is their choice to make, and I’m sorry for being so brutal about it, but to me, that’s Darwinism at work. It’s survival of the fittest and if you’re too weak to resist, then perhaps it’s better that your genes aren’t passed on to the next generation. I know it’s horrible to come right out and say it like that, but someone had to.
In conclusion, it seems to me that our country would be much better off if the people in charge didn’t try to tell us what we can and can’t ingest. The tax money they could reap would be incredible and the ability to regulate the products could save a great many lives. Let’s face facts. They call it the war on drugs, but it was never a war, it was a massacre and the legal system lost.