Why High-Crime Drugs Must Stay Illegal
Posted by Childress on August 11, 2006
Frequent commenter Dodgy made a strange statement in a comment I am not going to post because of what he’s advocating. Here’s the statement:
The vast majority of drug related crime occurs simply because of prohibition i.e addicts having to fund their habit.
Excuse me? I confess: I have a habit. It’s expensive, powerful cars. But I don’t satisfy my habit by stealing. I work hard and succeed in my work so I can afford them. I expect no one to subsidize my fondness for big German V-8s.
Others like to buy $100 bottles of wine or hundreds of pairs of designer shoes. Like me, instead of stealing to support their habits, they go to work every day, save up their money (or use up their credit) then buy their satisfying fix.
The big crime drugs — heroin, meth, crack — debilitate many of their users so profoundly that they become fundamentally unemployable in any legit business. So they become hookers, dealers or thieves.
And society is to bless this by providing them for free the drug that so debilitated them? Or legalize the drugs so they can debilitate even more people?
If society’s goal is fewer abortions, you don’t open up free abortion clinics. If society’s goal is fewer burglaries, you don’t make lock picks legal.
Society’s goal must be to protect as many as possible from the dangers and debilitation of drugs like heroin, meth and crack. You do not let the few, the addicted, the debilitated set social policy for the many, the healthy and the innocent.