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On the eve of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, world leaders and activists have signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to set the stage “for real reform of global drug control policy.”
“The drug control regime that emerged during the last century,” the letter says, “has proven disastrous for global health, security and human rights. Focused overwhelmingly on criminalization and punishment, it created a vast illicit market that has enriched criminal organizations, corrupted governments, triggered explosive violence, distorted economic markets and undermined basic moral values.
originally posted by: Kentuckymama
If drugs were to be decriminalized, what would happen to those in jails and prisons for *just* drug offences? Would they be released?
originally posted by: Sillyosaurus
a reply to: iTruthSeeker
Criminals would become legitimate business owners.
On the topic of America and the war on drugs. Remember the secret service prostitution scandal. Obama was in Latin America because the president there was asking to stop the war on drugs because it was ruining his country. But nothing ever happened.
So then to sell legal drugs, the criminals are going to pay the tons of money (which they do not have ) for all the start up fees, etc to run a business, and comply with the millions of pages of code and regulations? Just like that they become saints? Sorry I am just trying to be realistic and logical. Also, a huge percentage of criminals are teenagers. So even IF they could, they are not old enough. Who will teach them to run a business?
originally posted by: iTruthSeeker
I am all for legalization.. BUT... Criminals make their money by selling drugs or robbing people. If they no longer have drugs to sell, robberies will skyrocket. I would assume. Correct me if I am wrong.