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Illegal Immigration Solution Eludes Consideration: Legalize Drugs

July 27, 2010

I read there are a half million illegal immigrants in Arizona. That’s a lot. Some of them work hard labor and don’t pay taxes on their earnings. They try to live below the radar. I would guess that a majority of illegals in this country are involved in the drug trade. We know for a fact that cartel violence is connected to drugs. The war has escalated to a point that there was recently a car bombing in Mexico connected to the drug trade. It’s starting to look like Iraq down there.

I have harped and harped about how legalizing drugs in America would stop cartel violence and gang-related drug crimes in the USA. I don’t think it would end the crimes and violence, but I think it would greatly reduce them. Afterall, if you could go to the pharmacy or liquor store for your weekend chemical buzz or smoke-out, wouldn’t all the illegal drug trade just go away? It would be no different than alcohol prohibition. There was a very active organized crime network with mass murders in the streets during Prohibition. There were many thugs getting rich off of bootleg liquor. Prohibition didn’t stop people from drinking, but it did give rise to crime and violence. That all stopped when Prohibition was abolished. It would be no different with illegal drugs.

If drugs were legalized, the income of millions of illegals would go away. What would they do? My guess is they would go home.

If we taxed and controled the sale of opiates, hallucinogens and marijuana (I could maybe add some substances to this list but, in my opinion, there is no place for meth in our society.) we could decapitate the cartel trade and much of gang-related activities. The U.S. has spent ONE TRILLION DOLLARS on the War on Drugs since President Nixion declared it in the 70’s. Think it did much to reduce drug use in this country? Didn’t think so. Why not spend money addressing mental illness and addiction and then help reduce the deficit?

When you look at the issue rationally and discard the propaganda you were fed for the past 35 plus years, it just makes sense to legalize drugs. I know, for some, that’s a harsh pill to swallow.

Obama has backed GW Bush’s nomination for the director of the DEA, who happens to be a Prohibitionist. I am livid. I will write a blogpost dedicated to this obvious pandering to the right at a later date.

For more information on why the War on Drugs is a failure, go to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P) website: http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php and the November Coalition: www.november.org .

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2010 10:05 am

    I really don’t agree. Drug Addiction is a very hard thing to overcome. Alcohol is already legal and it is destroying lives everyday. Making other drugs legal would just do the same thing, only difference being it would be swept under the rug as no big deal just like alcohol is. Alcohol is an addiction just like cocaine/heroin addiction. That is just the way it is.

  2. July 28, 2010 1:02 pm

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