Should we only regulate and control marijuana, or would society and our youth be safer by regulating and controlling all illegal drugs? Retired Police Captain, and co-founder of L.E.A.P. , Peter Christ, of the Tonawanna, NY Police Dept.(community of about 80,000 people), sums it up best, when he speaks to KIWANIS and Rotary Clubs, by telling people which ever drugs that you want to be sold by 13-18 year old kids on street corners of your community, keep those drugs illegal and Prohibited, and you will get your wish.
It’s pretty hard to tell a kid that just dropped out of a public school, where he was totally bored, who decides he wants a job, his own money and a car, well talk him into working at McDonald’s, instead of taking the local drug dealer up on his offer to make at least 3 to 4 times that amount, for a fraction of the time and effort. There’s no way, he’s tempted, and he yields to that temptation. And that’s just one example of real life situations, that happen every single day, and are put in these kids’ faces. Drug dealers aren’t stupid. The young, inexperienced, kids, with limited options are their best hiring pool. It’s basic common sense on their part, to naturally see that.
So we literally set the stage for these kids to get involved in the drug game. I think that’s horrible. I think that kids deserve some protection from being targeted, or at least deserve to not be as likely to be forced into the drug trade. Not all kids are fortunate enough to come from good homes, where these things do not affect them, and have no one there to guide or advise them, on making the right decisions.
Regulation and Control (Not Legalization) of Drugs is NOT about the drugs, it is about the gangster-ism, and terrorism that prohibition naturally creates, by handing the market over to gangsters, thugs, cartels, and criminals, and any entrepreneur that wants to take a crack at it, and who can easily cook these drugs up in their bathroom or basement.
It creates massive and widespread violence and death of both the ones involved, and innocent bystanders, caught in the cross-fire, of drug turf conflicts between rival gangs and cartels. The biggest majority of overdoses are also because of prohibition. Think about it, the drug user does not get an assurance of quality of product, like the alcohol user does, via regulation and control that we have of alcohol.
When these drugs are being cooked by any John Doe that needs the extra money, in someone’s bathroom or basement, nobody knows what they’re actually putting in there, or what they may not have had, that they needed, and just used something else in-place of.
Sure, drug users are typically not ones that are at the top of our list of desirable people to be around, but do they deserve an overdose and possible death, because of our unwillingness to take control of this market from whoever decides to try their luck at it? Impure products with adulterants/cuts in place of illegal drugs, and mixed in with these drugs, happens all to often, to unsuspecting users, who have no legal recourse to complain, if they do happen to survive getting bamboozled into buying something far more dangerous than the drug they were seeking.
Because of Prohibition, if they do, they are likely to be arrested for possession, and thus, have a felony conviction hung around their neck, that will follow them for the rest of their life. It not only stops them from getting a big majority of jobs in our society, via failed background checks, and denies them any chance at a college education, but these things and others combine to cause many to label themselves, so to speak, mentally, and this has a snowball effect on their whole outlook on life, generally causing them to make different life choices than they otherwise would have, had this not happened, and they not had been so limited in these very important aspects of determining our options in life.
In the well over 40 year period that we have been trying this approach, usage rates have not dropped, and neither has the availability of these drugs to the kids dropped. And neither will it, as long as drug laws are in place to hand the entire market, production, and sale of these drugs over to anybody willing to try their luck.