I came up with a way to solve the drug problem. Here are my thoughts.
First of all, we have to admit that the "war on drugs" cannot be won. Drugs are here to stay because anyone can make them and they generate lots of money.
Since drugs won't go away, the next best thing is to control them. I propose the almost total legalization of drugs. My way is simple: you can use, sell, possess, and do anything with drugs with the exception of make them.
I propose opening pharmacies run by the government where we would dispense free drugs to anyone who wants them. The only requirement to get drugs is that you have some kind of documentation that you are currently employed. Any kind will suffice. There is no special registration required.
The work documentation acts as a check and balance to the problem. You can get drugs for free as long as you are employed, but you won't be employed for long if you are high all the time. No productivity-no drugs.
These pharmacies will be supplied by the government. The government will make the drugs through arrangements with pharmaceutical companies. These companies would have to make sure that the drugs are of the highest qualities. In the case of some highly damaging drugs, such as cocaine and meth, the government would have to invest in developing safer versions(even when they would cost more).
The amount of money that we spend on the "war on drugs" is staggering. We could use that money to open up the pharmacies and still have lots of money left.
The rest of the money should be used in opening treatment centers. These centers would be staffed by trained psychologists and physicians who would encourage users to stop using drugs and would educate them on the safe use of drugs. If your city is lucky enough to have one of these centers, one psychologist probably deals with 40 junkies per week. This doesn't allow for follow-ups and other such things. As you know, most drug abuse problems come from mommy, daddy and rebellion issues. I propose around 20 of these centers for a large city.
What is a drug trafficker or a pusher without drugs? Nothing. Drug traffickers have no power, no education, and no influence. They are simply there because we pay for them, and they can charge high prices because we criminalize them. We legalize drugs and we eliminate these leechers.
Making drugs will be highly punished though. Anyone caught making drugs would risk a minimum of 20 years of jail. Besides, since drugs would be free and easily available, why would someone run the risk. I am of the belief that people rarely disobey reasonable laws. (ex: people should stop at red lights, reasonable since we all have to drive and don't want to crash. Migrants should come in legally, unreasonable since they won't be admitted if they follow the due process)
There is one problem I currently see with my proposition, and I hope that you guys can help me figure it out. Obviously under my criteria(employment) no one under 16 would be able to get drugs. You might think that this won't work because older people will supply drugs to younger people, and to that I have no good answer. Yes, that will happen, but we can't keep isolating our children from the world. It is up to the parents to control a child's friends before they are responsible enough to have a job. How do we get around this?
Anyway, I know that my idea seems crazy. Everyone that I've told this idea has said that to me, but at the same time, after I explained it they agreed or understood it, so I think it's a good idea.
Please comment and tell me what you thought.