I for one have NEVER been a proponent of legalizing all drugs. I cannot understand how legalizing METH is a good thing. That means we will have yet another poisonous substance that is legally made and sold to the public in the interest of making money through taxes and the free market.
My main position is that the arguments that shows legalizing is a good thing have some merit; however, they are not really taking into account all things. I think it is a rash decision to legalize drugs without studying how this has affected other countries that have done the same.
Lets look at an article I recently found titled “Chapter Three: The Experience of Foreign Countries and Drug Legalization” (author unknown, date unknown from http://www.druglibrary.org/) and look at a few of the quotes below:
the British experience with decriminalized heroin in the clinical context was a dismal failure.
The Dutch have not raised one dollar in tax revenue from drug sales, and drug violators account for 50 percent of the Dutch prison population, a higher proportion than in the United States.
Unsurprisingly, in February of 1992 Switzerland ended this experiment with decriminalization after experiencing an unacceptable increase in use, violence, crime and health costs and consequences.
Unsurprisingly, Spain and Italy, which also legalized use of cocaine and heroin, have the highest rates of both drug use and overdose of all European countries.
The sad thing about all this is that the real problem in our country is the addictive behavior and that is what needs to be addressed and legalizing drugs is not the answer.
NOW lets look at a study talking about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. I live in Washington state where they recently legalized it and I would love to see the studies on the impacts to our state in a few years. The … website did a piece called “7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Has Caused in Colorado” on August 20th 2014 by Cully Stimson that is worth the reading. Here are a few quotes from this article:
although overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007, they went up by 100 percent for operators testing positive for marijuana—from 39 in 2007 to 78 in 2012……. in 2007, those pot-positive drivers represented only 7 percent of total fatalities in Colorado, but in 2012 they represented 16 percent of total Colorado fatalities
Drug-related student suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent from school years 2008-09 through 2012-13, the vast majority were for marijuana violations.
The report includes other data about the negative effect of legalizing marijuana in Colorado, including marijuana-related exposure to children, treatment, the flood of marijuana in and out of Colorado, the dangers of pot extraction labs and other disturbing factual trends.
SO NOW as you see the legalization of drugs has many negative impacts that people seem to not talk about when talking about this debate.
So as not to seem biased I would like to offer one other article / set of quotes for reading. There is another country not mentioned in any articles above (probably because it looks like success) and that is Portugal. IN an article titled “14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like” written by Zeeshan Aleem from http://mic.com/ dated Feb 11th 2015 they show that the drug legalization in there is “”. NOW I guess if there were any lessons learned from Portugal then MAYBE just MAYBE there might be a way to solve this social issue. My only concern is that addictive behavior and mental illness is really the core of the problem and is the core of MANY problems not the drugs themselves. Although I personally do not like the legalization of drugs because many more countries have failed at it then have succeeded at it; there is a small possible opportunity that if done right can solve this issue. The problem with that theory is can you ever associate the United States government with ANYTHING “done right”???