So the other day I was listening to NPR (yes, I drive a truck for my day job and as a result happen to listen to a shitload of talk radio. Usually I spend my day listening to The Opie and Anthony Show and The Ron and Fez Show but on Tuesday I found myself in a rental that didn’t have satellite radio so I really had no other choice) when I came across a show called Planet Money.
Now, while this is a show I would not recommend to anyone ever (especially while driving no less) I will count myself fortunate for having been listening when I was because I heard Rick Ross, a crack dealer of note apparently and guest on the Planet Money show, speaking about the failures of the ill perceived policy of drug prohibition.
Among his many brilliant statements made throughout the interview, Ross stated this:
“…We have in front of us a pile of academic papers and all of them arrive at a surprising conclusion. The conclusion is this, when you make drugs illegal you end up make drug dealers richer and you increase the overall level of crime.
And you don’t end up reducing drug use by all that much. Which we should remind people is the whole point of making drugs illegal, to stop people from using drugs and to lower the amount of crime..."
God damn the pusher man…
Go figure… making something illegal only increases the black market demand for said product…
While I never sold drugs, I knew a guy- Shmom Shmacee- who may or may not have at certain points in his life had to find a way to make a bill or two and may have maybe figured that desperate times called for entrepreneurial measures…
And while Shmom never became a millionaire, he certainly did find it easier to make the light bill every now and again (not to mention never really having to pay to support his usage).
And I know for a fact that he would have never had such an option available to him had it not been for the shall we say difficulty in acquiring the products that certain friends of his were interested in getting a hold of that- due to their legality status- were not readily available by conventional means.
How do I know this???
Because he wasn’t helping people score beers (not if they were old enough to get it themselves he wasn’t…).
If we, as a people, ever want to seriously look at putting an end to this wasteful and insane “War on Drugs”, we need to seriously look into the ending of the ineffective prohibition policies that we are currently enforcing (and forcing our allies to enforce).
And not just for marijuana…
For all of them.
It’s the only logical solution… Legalization, regulation, and taxation...
Just a thought.