I don’t consume alcohol, I don’t smoke and I am constantly getting into squabbles with medical professionals over prescription medicines they prescribe for my various aches and pains. My biggest vices are habitually playing Mega Millions Lotto, drinking copious amounts of caffeine-free Mt. Dew & Lemonade, a crippling weakness for fine chocolate and a never-ending penchant to chase women that are way faster than I am. All of which probably makes the following post seem out of character.
From 1920 through 1933 the United States of America tried a noble experiment by banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. It failed miserably. The liquor industry simply went underground. People that wanted to drink still managed to find alcohol to satisfy their habit. The booze they drank was unregulated in its manufactured quality/safety and the only people and organizations that benefited from the Prohibition of alcohol was the criminals and crooked politicians. The whole era was one of intense criminal activity that created a dangerous environment for the public as well as the honest personnel among the law enforcement and government. Banning the sale and usage was a far worse experience than the problems experienced when alcohol was legal. Which brings me to today’s rant.
There is probably not a person who knows me personally or that has listened to me rant that has not been made aware of my disdain for individuals abusing illegal narcotics. I have had acquaintances, relatives and coworkers that have completely tripped my trigger having to put up with their stoned bodies and minds when they were supposed to be busy living life. Over the years I have seen changes in the way I feel it best to address the problem of illegal narcotics. Heck sometimes I change my assessment daily. The one thing that has become more apparent over the years is that much like the USA previous approach of prohibiting alcohol – the governments prohibition of narcotics has been a similar failure. Illegal drug use rampant and the only people and organizations benefiting from the current prohibition is criminals and crooked politicians. The public along with the honest people among law enforcement and government all continue to face danger from the criminal elements pushing and using the illegal drugs. Now I do not think that we can simply legalize drugs to solve the problem. But more and more I think we have to consider some sort of legalization of soft drugs like marijuana, such as California is considering, as well as some sort of regulated availability of other drugs similar to the way we regulate alcohol and cigarettes. The more I consider it, the more the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. It will take a huge bite out of terrorist funds and the South American drug kingpins billionaire lifestyle. It will also kick city street gangs and the mafia squarely in the groin by reducing the drug markets that make them wealthy. It will allow us to redirect a lot of money now spent fighting illegal drug trafficking into programs similar to those we use to help alcoholics and those addicted to cigarettes. It will also help the country as we can control costs while also heavily taxing the product as we do other dangerous vices. It is worth a try because the current war on drugs version of prohibition, seems to be a losing cause for the US citizenry and a win-win for the criminal elements – just like the original prohibition of alcohol in the 20’s and 30’s.