Rupert Murdoch, Ron Paul, and Barney Frank All Agree on WHAT?Submitted by everlasticity on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 06:46
Here's is the most sensible article I have read about ending the war on drugs.
By Bernie King | Policy Mic
The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure. Every year billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on prosecuting and imprisoning non-violent Americans. Prohibition fuels a dangerous black market where ordinary contract disputes are settled not in civil court, but in violent turf wars between gangs and cartels. Once peaceful communities have become lawless war zones; millions of lives have been ruined. Families are torn apart.
The heaviest burdens of the drug culture are laid upon African-American and Hispanic communities, prompting Ron Paul and others to rightly criticize prohibition as being the most racist policy promoted by our government. From Barney Frank to Rupert Murdoch, all sides of the political spectrum realize it's time for a change. It's now time to end prohibition, but let us be clear: ending the failed war on drugs will not grant unfettered rights to produce and sell any drug to any person. We must consider how to sensibly regulate the drug trade in the post-prohibition era.
For some drugs, like meth, the production process is fraught with danger, and citizens have a right to protect themselves from lethal vapors or the threat of an exploding meth lab. The same regulations that we apply to any ultra-hazardous activity (e.g. making rocket fuel) should also apply to dangerous production facilities. As far as the sale of potentially lethal drugs (e.g. heroin, meth, cocaine, etc.), we need only look to the sale of other dangerous products for ideas on the proper scope of regulation.
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