So I have a question. Why are some drugs illegal (like coke, meth, marijuana, etc.)? Why is prostitution illegal? People might say it’s a public safety concern… but that’s just out-and-out retarded. Alcohol is legal and contributes lots of accidents and health problems. Smoking is legal, and millions die from it. Sex is legal between consenting adults, to the extent that an adult could have sex with a different person every day until they died. So you can’t really argue that prostitution is the biggest contributor to STDs and unwanted pregnancy.
The fact is, countless “recreational” activities that are dangerous are also completely legal, and it’s never illegal just to be a stupid dumbass, the greatest of all dangerous things. Also, lets remember that the biggest driver of crime in this country isn’t USE of illegal drugs… it’s the black market necessary to supply drug users. How much of the crime in the US is related to black market drug trade? I’d venture to say it’s a very high percentage. There just aren’t that many deranged serial killers who are just out for a thrill.
Whenever you make something illegal that people want, you create a black market, and black markets always create crime.
And no, I’m not interested in doing any drugs or soliciting prostitutes. I just think that we’d be helping the country by making them all legal. You could buy your pot at Walgreens, and it would be regulated by the FDA. It would be cheaper than the black market, because the price would be market-driven, and I doubt very much Walgreens and CVS would start a gang war over the prices. Since the market would drive the cost down, drug addicts could get their drugs much cheaper than from Latrell on the street corner, which means he won’t have to knock over convenience stores to support his habit. Prostitutes could report their income and pay taxes, join together and get group health coverage, and the “Bureau of Crack-Ho’s” could regularly test them for STDs and make sure they’re taking birth control.
So, let’s see. Make these things illegal and create a violent black market for drugs and an unregulated, dirty group of hookers, or make them all legal and regulate quality of both, as well as generating more taxes.
I guess I’m a libertarian.