Ye, it's a radical idea, but just bear with me.
Prohibition clearly doesn't work, and never has worked. The US's War on Drugs isn't working and never will work. If people want to get high somehow, they'll figure out how to and then pay a hefty sum of money. Example: DMT; an illegal psychedellic that causes the most potent hallucinations known to man kind. In Canada it's classified in the same category as heroin. Despite being so illegal, it is probably one of the easiest drugs to get. I'm not going to tell you how, because there are some suggestible youth on this site. But DMT is found in everyone and mostly everything, from our own brains to the grass in your backyard.
Giving someone jailtime for being addicted to heroin or cocaine does not make any sense to me. They aren't going to get the help they need in jail, and once they'r back on the street, they'll be robbing people for money for their next hit. A way to help a physically dependent person would be to send them to a rehab center where they can be weened off the drug.
For a couple of months, BC got permission from the Canadian federal government to provide a safe needle exchange. Basicly, heroin users would go to this building where they would be provided with free, sterilized needles to use. This was simply a short term experiment to see if it would help slow the spread of AIDS and other disease through dirty needles. To my knowledge, somewhere in Europe they've been doing the same thing, and it helps. Unfortunately, the safe injection site in Canada has been closed down.
Porbation of alcohol failed miserably in Canada and in the US. Well, in Canada there wasn't much of a probabtion. But still, it fell flat on its face. People still drank, maybe even moreso than normal. So if probabtion only works in theory, than why are we still using it? People, of course, are afraid that legalising meth, or heroin, or cocaine will cause everybody to spontaneously start taking all kinds of drugs. I don't know about any of you, but I wouldn't suddenly start injecting heroin into my body if it were legalised. Why? Because of education. Which brings me to my next point.
If probation isn't the way to go, what is? It's called edumacation. You educate people on the effects of drug use. You don't lie or create ironicaly humorous propaganda ads; but you actualy educate the public on drugs. And you provide free rehabilitation for the people addicted. Free, because, let's face it, it's a lot of poor and homeless who are addicted, having squandered all their money on their drug cocktail of choice. But where does all this money come from? Taxation and sales of the drugs.
Now that the government controls the sales of drugs, it pretty much destroys the black market. Sure there may still be people out there buying organs and whatnot, but now that the drug trade has disapeared overnight, crime rates will drop. No more gang turf wars. No more meth addicts robbing stores. Less murders. No Columbian cocaine. No more recovering cancer patients getting fined because they used marijuana to ease the pain, increase their hunger, and help them sleep.
In fact, to the US: Putting a person in jail for posesing a small amount of marijuana for personal use should not be a jail-able offence. The person is a marijuana user using the drug to relax/eat/have fun. They prove no threat to you or society. Don't let your morals get mixed up with your laws. It's not your personal objective to stop this person from smoking marijuana. And it's not your personal objective to stop people from doing anything in the safety of their own home. Whether that be doing drugs, having gay sex, or wearing a diaper. It's none of our buisness what a person does in their spare time. And it's none of theirs what we do in ours. Just because your religion forbids it doesn't mean everyone wants to follow your religion. So keep your religion and morals out of the government and how the country is run. If there are laws that need to be obeyed by everyone, and those laws are based on a religion, and not everyone believes in that religion, than we have serious problems. Canada/US were founded on the ideals that everyone should be free from persecution based on race/religion.
[ ] Stop the War on Drugs
[ ] Legalise all drugs
[ ] Tax all drugs
[ ] Use tax money to educate the public
[ ] Use the tax money to help those in need.
Not to mention this will also help with the overpopulation in prisons scene.
And I know a lot of people are afraid of communism and sociolism. But this isn't sociolism any more than Canada's universal health care system is.
- And that's my opinion.