At 7/22/09 07:37 PM, stafffighter wrote:
At 7/22/09 07:24 PM, Dawnslayer wrote:
So in short, there's no way to make your plan happen. You're really displaying the steriotypical pot activists oversimplification here.
One problem with that statement: I'm not a pot activist. Read on:
At 7/22/09 08:02 PM, stafffighter wrote:
At 7/22/09 07:53 PM, RubberTrucky wrote:
I fail to see how this is essentially different from prohibition...
Allow me to quote the Eighteenth Amendment:
"After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited."
Prohibition: you're forbidden under threat of arrest and imprisonment from doing anything pertaining to alcoholic beverages...except for drinking them. (Loophole, anyone?) This created a system where criminals could render a profit by selling a high-demand product that consumers couldn't get from anyone else.
My idea: you are legally allowed to manufacture, transport, import, export, distribute, and even use the drug in question. You just can't sell it. If you try to sell, the consumer can file a lawsuit against you, and you lose even more money than you would simply offering your product for free.
The difference is that rather than people willing to risk imprisonment if it makes them rich, anyone who violates the law risks losing their money even though they won't be imprisoned. Drug cartels become economically unsound, and go from asset to liability.
It's different in that it lets him bathe in his correctness about tha falibility of human nature, and get stoned.
You're making an awful lot of assumptions about a person you've never met. I'm not a pothead, I don't smoke, I'm not a druggie, and I've never even had a sip of alcohol. I know drugs are lethally dangerous, and fully advocate intervention in both the public and private arena.
My idea targets drugs, but indirectly. The primary focus is criminal organizations who benefit from the sale of drugs. If you can remove the cartels, you not only cut into crime revenue used for other, possibly more dangerous things, but you eliminate the mass production of drugs, which in turn narrows the field of distribution. Combined with intervention tactics and preventative measures, this effect could in theory minimize drug use overall.