For the first time in my short blogging career, I want to expand on a previous post. The original post was about why drugs should be legal, but did not address how drug use is (poorly) managed because of prohibition. They are similar issues, but must be addressed from different perspectives. Contrary to the war on drugs propaganda, repealing drug prohibition would not lead to total chaos and blood-filled streets. In fact, repealing it would make it much easier to create peaceful ways of reducing drug use – as opposed to locking people in cages for their own “well-being”.
Throughout the history of government malpractice and failure, there have been very few policies containing both of these inevitable pitfalls of state control. Excluding war and economic cronyism (both of which are also “protectionist”), drug prohibition has been the U.S. government’s most expensive and horrendous failure. Prohibition was created out of intent to “rid the world of drugs”.