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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Last edited by mbig; 03-28-10 at 02:58 PM.
I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.