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June 11, 2011

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Is there another solution then my two ideas [shoot drug users or legalize drugs].
Am I just not thinking out side the box.

The US has never seriously tried to curtail the demand, other than to stipulate drugs are illegal and claim there is a "war on drugs" in an effort to persuade Americans not to use them. I agree with you, curtailing demand is virtually impossible. On the supply side, the US has not made much impact either. Sure interdiction on the borders and some efforts in Columbia have helped over the years. But no serious dent has ever been made on the demand or supply side. Is it now a $40 billion/year business from Latin America through Mexico to the US? It makes one wonder if an all out, well-coordinated effort with our allies would yield results. It would have to be an effort like we've never undertaken before and of course in consort with several Latin American countries. It would entail refocusing resources from Afghanistan/Pakistan to Latin America. The recent novel The Cobra by Frederick Forsythe intelligently outlines one such effort. If what you say is true, that the DTOs are intent on increasing their activity in the US, then before it is too late it is time to take the battle directly to the source of the problem. With some work, Forsythe's plan is plausible.

How do you persuade people not to use drugs, with out shooting them, we all know what happens when a person starts smelling Cocaine on a regular bases yet people still do it. There is a dirty side to the drug world that isn't present in the alcohol world. I understand not every girl that smells Cocaine turns into a Crack whore, but very few who drink Whiskey turn in to skid row bums. Legalizing drugs doesn't seem like a good idea but I know the California pot heads are all for it. As for a joint effort with our Latin American neighbors corrupted I'm all for it, how much cooperation we get from them is questionable, but we are making a serious effort on the intelligence front and that's a good thing. Basically I'm lost in what to do.

We need to recognize that a significant number of Americans want these drugs, are willing to use them, and don't consider the consequences of drug use to be too serious. Right or wrong - that is their outlook. Since we claim to be a free society ... the solution should be to end the prohibition.

We need to legalize drugs. And this would allow state and federal taxes to be collected on the sales.

It's important to note that "drug legalization" does not necessarily mean a blanket legalization for all drugs. Some drugs could be allowed for distribution, while others remain illegal. Likewise, it is not necessary to legalize drug use at all levels in our society. There's no reason we can't go the route of Holland and allow drug use at specific establishments e.g. bars could apply for licenses to also sell drugs, and people could use them in selected areas of the building.

I don't believe that our society is going to collapse into an avalanche of jobless junkies just because we legalize drugs. People aren't that stupid. A few maybe, but most people will apply common sense.

Deal with it, enact new laws, and move on.

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If we legalize drugs on the Federal level will I still be forced to support drug users through Medicaid and welfare? I am all for abolishing laws which the fed gov has no authority to enact like the drug laws, but do it across the board based on principle (end gun laws too) and don't force me to pay for the bigger mess it will cause.

But the War on Drugs hasn't failed from the perspective of those who profit from it, and they are the ones who are able to influence policy.

I am a capitalist, but there are a few things that are dangerous when set up "for profit". War and prisons are two of them.

There are many other alternatives to legalization in the USA.

For example, we could offer state sponsored rehab although Rush Limbaugh (himself a drug addict) would never let the GOP do this.

Or, we could educate more as to the dangers of drug use.

Yet, Americans seem to think that legalization is the only alternative. Instant gratification at all costs?

For those who wish to legalize drugs I wish to point to the historical record. In the early 19th century China tried to enforce it's ban on opium. The British then fought a war for the right to sell opium in China. The British won and as a result they got Hong Kong. This was their base for drug running for at least 60 years.

By 1900, about 30% of the Chinese population was addicted to drugs. Today, 100 years later, the average wage in China is under $1/day.

This is what the historical record states, not my opinion.

I think to say we should legalize drugs is (excuse my frankness) ignorant at best.

If it was simply "legalize drugs" then we wouldn't have the addiction problem that we have in this country. Cocaine isn't used because of some health benefit, it is used because of the high, meth isn't used because of the health benefits, it is used because of the high. The list goes on and on.

The idea that somebody would even have the thought of legalizing meth is really ignorant. Have you ever seen how meth is cooked? Have you ever walked into a meth house? Have you ever been around a meth lab? These places can and often times blow up, so we should legalize it?? As a law enforcement officer in the western states meth is really bad here and the idea that somebody would even think to legalize it is idiotic to me.

People in some degree have an argument with marijuana, but not much in my mind, but outside of marijuana there is ZERO argument for the other drugs.

I agree with Beltonwall in that Americans are an instant gratification at all costs society. Americans have this idea that legalization is the only answer no matter what.

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