|June 16th, 2015, 10:23 AM||#31|
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|June 16th, 2015, 04:28 PM||#32|
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One can say something that is ill-advised, clumsily worded or down-right dumb, but that is not the same thing as telling a lie.
You try too hard to find something to bitch about and make careless accusations.
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|June 16th, 2015, 04:53 PM||#33|
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|June 17th, 2015, 05:03 AM||#34|
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|June 17th, 2015, 06:09 AM||#35|
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Location: Middle Tennessee
According to the DoJ, something like 80% of all murders and a large portion of all violent crime (non domestic disturbance) is related to the drug trade.
We don't hear about people killing each other over a bottle of booze or a pack of cigarettes.
Illegal drug are expensive because they are illegal. I firmly believe legalizing, not just decriminalizing, drugs will reduce the cost of the drugs. This will reduce greatly reduce the violence related to the drug trade. It should reduce other crimes as well. I see a direct correlation between what we see today and what happened during prohibition. Prior to the Volstead act there was crime, but it wasn't organized. But when a bottle of scotch went from $2 a bottle to $50 a bottle, suddenly there was real money to be made by the importation, distillation and distribution of alcohol. It was prohibition followed shortly by making heroin and cocaine illegal that created what we now call the mafia. And now we have the Russians who are even more brutal than the Italians were. It's ALL related to the drug trade. Removing drugs would crippled most of the large criminal enterprises.
If a user can walk into a legitimate retail store and buy their drug of choice, including the pharmaceutical pain killers like Oxy, I think we'll see a significant reduction in over all crime. An Oxy costs $4 or $5 per pill, retail. On the street they can sell for as much as $60each ! Will people still commit crimes to get their drugs. Yes they will. BUT when your $400 a day habit drops to $40 a day, it's much more manageable.
Lets also not forget the savings to the government. 70% of ALL prisoners are NON violent drug offenders. We could close at least half of all prisons in the nation. And let's be honest, as an ex con, even a non violent offender, your chances of getting a decent job, are between slim and none. I say lets pardon them all, and expunge their records. Give them a chance to live normal lives again.
We could free up law enforcement to battle the real criminals. No only will we save billions spent on "the war on drugs" by legalizing taxing and regulating, we can turn a several hundred billion dollar black market industry into a legitimate tax paying business.
Lastly the reason we have crack and meth, is because of targeted enforcements. Heroin was king in the 60's and 70's and every LEO in the country was tasked with shutting down the heroin trade. So in the 80's we got cocaine !! So we went after the coke, and here comes crack. So we "get tough" on crack and now we have meth.
Every time we crack down on one drug, someone, somewhere comes up with something cheaper and easier to make. Not to mention, worse for your over all health.
Legalize tax and regulate. There will always be people that are violent, and we should put them in prison. We'll have plenty of room to keep them locked away once we release the non violent prison population.
We spend an enormous amount of time and money battling the drug trade, yet we only stop about 2% (TWO percent) of all the drugs. I think we'd be far better off legalizing taxing and regulating. What we're doing now certainly isn't working.
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