If you were going to legalize drugs, how would you do it?Submitted by Jefferson on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 22:46
I've seen a lot of people advocate for the legalisation of drugs, but I've never seen a concrete plan of how to go about it. I am an advocate as well, but I have also seen the destruction they can cause both to health and relationships. I know that most of the problems come from them being illegal, but some of them have addictive properties that need to be addressed. Even though it is highly unlikely that all drugs will ever BE legalized, because they make too much money off of them being illegal, I still thought it would be an interesting question to pose here.
Legalising MJ is a no brainer, but what about the harder stuff, cocaine, heroin, meth, prescription drugs like oxycontin, etc.? Are there examples of other countries being successful with full legalisation?
How would it be distributed?
How would a distribution center operate?
Would you have privacy when you went to that distribution center, or would you have to show ID?
Would there be a ration, or limit to how much an individual could purchase in a day?
Who would own and run a distribution center, private sector or Govt.?
What about people who chose to sell outside of a distribution center,
would that be illegal?
What if someone who just turned 21 came into the distribution center and wanted to try heroin or crack for the first time? Would they be allowed, or would there be an attempt to try and talk them out of it?
What about people on public assistance?
Would they be allowed to do "illicit" drugs?
Should they be drug tested?
Should we have to pay for people on welfare that are addicted to hard drugs and claim that as a "disability?"
What about employers? Could they discriminate if drugs were legal?
What about people who have or are responsible for children?
How would a child be protected from a parent or guardian that chooses to stay in the bathroom and do coke or meth all day to the point of psychosis, or be passed out on heroin?
What about driving?
Would you want to be on the roads with someone who is nodding off (falling asleep) on heroin? (I know it's similar to being drunk)
What about MJ? It's pretty obvious that MJ doesn't impair peoples' driving like alcohol does.
How would that work with the police? Would they be able to test you on the spot? How would they do that?
If you say they couldn't, then wouldn't alcohol testing be banned as well?
What about insurance, and healthcare?
Would you have to submit to testing to get either or both?
Some of these may sound like silly questions, and they may be, but they are questions that popped into my head as I was pondering this. We know that prohibition doesn't work. Where there is a demand, there will always be a supply. The intricacies of actually supplying it, and dropping the bottom out of the illegal market is where it seems to get complex.
What other questions or solutions do you have?