posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 12:32 PM
The "War on Drugs" could be won overnight and reap huge benefits in both taxation and quality control, if everything was legalised and
I understand that certain drugs, such as crack and heroin, are highly addictive and probably shouldn't be included in any legalisation, but if the
Government had control over the supply and production, alot less harm would come of society than if you pushed it all underground.
People wouldn't have to rob to get enough money to pay the Black marketeers, but could get hold of it via licensed dealers, which would eliminate
"bad batches", which kill, and also allow people to seek help in rehabilitation without the stigma being attached to them.
Back in the 19th century, The British Empire was possibly the worlds largest dealer in Heroin. It made mucho money for the state and provided
employment for millions. It was never an issue back then, which is surprising considering that people were alot more religious and moral during that
period. In London, there were as many legal opium dens as there were pubs, with every level of society involved.
Considering Alcohol is viewed, by a UK Parliamentary report released this year, as bad as Heroin in terms of damage caused to both body and society,
yet it has recently been allowed to be sold 24hrs a day, the whole system at the moment is upside down.
Cannabis was downgraded to Class C by the UK a couple of years back and use amongst teenagers has actually fallen.
So it stands to reason that should it be legalised and sold from licensed retailers to those of 18+ for example, this should cut use further, whilst
allowing responsible adults the choice at the same time as providing a nice revenue stream to the Inland Revenues coffers.