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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayekian View Post
    You exagerate. Many would go straight, many wouldn't. The reality is that the massive drug profits generated by prohibition creates an "attractive nuisance" that draws many people who aren't inherently larcenous or violent.
    This is complete speculation on your part, erroneous speculation......

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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    It won't change anything, the drug cartels in Mexico won't go away because we legalize drugs, they'll just move on to other lucrative crimes. Anyone who thinks the drug kingpins are going to go "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!" is out of their minds.
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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Using that broad brush, alcohol on its own can cause violence.. we don't go around jailing people for drinking just because there is a potential for violence, instead we wait until there is actual violence. Why should we act differently for meth and jail people because of potential crimes.

    Hell If we are going to apply that reasoning, and go down that path, then maybe we should arrest people for being poor because not having money can cause people to steal.
    Just saying meth changes behavior and can lead to violence on its own. It ruins lives and kills people. It should never, ever be made legal.
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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    It won't change anything, the drug cartels in Mexico won't go away because we legalize drugs, they'll just move on to other lucrative crimes. Anyone who thinks the drug kingpins are going to go "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!" is out of their minds.
    I don't think drug kingpins will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!"

    Rather, I think they will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we have legitimate jobs!"

    They won't have to go get legitimate jobs because their current jobs are now legitimate.

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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Me: Many would go straight, many wouldn't. The reality is that the massive drug profits generated by prohibition creates an "attractive nuisance" that draws many people who aren't inherently larcenous or violent.
    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    This is complete speculation on your part, erroneous speculation......
    Not erroneous, reasonable. Denying that it's reasonable is, well, unreasonable. And thus errnoneous.

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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    Just saying meth changes behavior and can lead to violence on its own. It ruins lives and kills people. It should never, ever be made legal.
    Just saying alcohol changes behavior and can lead to violence on its own. It ruins lives and kills people. It should never, ever be made legal.

    and since we are just saying.. prohibition the policy is ruining far more lives and killing more people than meth the drug is. If you are concerned about the problem and want to reduce the harms, then we need to ditch the manufactured crime problem (which is the most destructive aspect surrounding drugs), and then focus in earnest on education, treatment and reduction of the now isolated drug problem.
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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think drug kingpins will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!"

    Rather, I think they will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we have legitimate jobs!"
    Right - like invest in Las Vegas casinos.

    (Or Shanghai ones.)

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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think drug kingpins will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!"

    Rather, I think they will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we have legitimate jobs!"

    They won't have to go get legitimate jobs because their current jobs are now legitimate.
    No, I don't think so.

    Most of the Jobs/MONEY are Smuggling and illegal distribution which would be REPLACED by your local Pharmacist and others.
    (to be supplied by legitimate and safely grown/manufactured products)
    Drug Kingpins, Hoards of smugglers, Street sellers, and enforcers, would have NO jobs.
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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayekian View Post
    Right - like invest in Las Vegas casinos.

    (Or Shanghai ones.)
    Don't forget about the bootleggers who went legit and formed what would eventually be NASCAR
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    Re: Should the U.S. legalize drugs for Mexico's benefit?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think drug kingpins will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we'll have to get legitimate jobs!"

    Rather, I think they will say, "Oh gee, drugs are legal now, I guess we have legitimate jobs!"

    They won't have to go get legitimate jobs because their current jobs are now legitimate.
    Actually those involved in the illegal drug business today should absolutely NOT be involved if it were to become a legal drug business. Look at what happened after alcohol prohibition, it was not the mobsters, and the bootleggers, and the rum runners who kept selling their goods, but rather it was companies and legitimate enterprises, your Jack Daniels', and your Budweisers that were now in charge.
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