In our “modern” American society we spend billions of dollars in a never-ending “drug-war”. We also spend billions imprisoning people here at home. The US has Special Forces and Marines along with other troops in the Americas chasing unemployed drug dealers. Meanwhile, this war has killed over a hundred thousand people in Mexico.
The drug market is a demand-based business fueld by the hunger of millions of people for illegal drugs. The production, supply and use of these drugs creates a vacuum into which organised crime moves in.
In the U.S.A. people of color are more likely to be encarcerated for drug offences than white folk. Arrests for drug offences are notoriously discretionary therfore allowing law enforcement to easily target a particular ethnic group. Prohibition has fostered this stereotyping of people of color.
Prohibition unnecessarily criminalises millions of otherwise law-abiding people. It removes the responsibility of the pharmacist for distribution of drugs and gives it to unregulated, sometimes violent street dealers.
Legalization restores our right to use drugs responsibly in order to change the way we think and feel. It enables controls and regulations to be put in place to protect the vulnerable.
Legalization is not a cure-all but it does allow us to address many of the problems associated with drug use, and those created by prohibition.