I can’t find the specific article now, but the news is fairly old: Portugal decriminalized most drugs a while back, and it’s been touted as a huge success
There was a wonderful quote somewhere out there about the numbers being “misleading”. The claim is that during the time since Portugal decriminalized, the U.S. had also seen a reduction in drug abuse and needle-sharing HIV infections. Taking this quote as a fact, why would the U.S. bother to tax and legalize marijuana?
- We have 25% of the world’s prisoners, yet only 5% of the world population
- We spend billions a year supporting the DEA’s efforts to continue not cutting down on drug use and abuse
- Taxing marijuana would increase revenue no matter how you look at it
- Allowing hemp production would be beneficial in more ways than I can list (biofuel, food, environmentally-friendly paper, …)
- Spending money lying about the dangers of pot makes a lot less sense than spending money to help people legitimately addicted
- Last, and possibly the most obvious thing I’ve ever felt like I had to spell out: even if decriminalization wasn’t an amazing success, it clearly was not a failure! You can’t bash a system that didn’t make things worse, people!
And honestly, does nobody remember how bad the 20s were? The mafia during the alcohol prohibition in the 1920s made a great deal of money VIA BOOTLEGGING. Alcohol prohibition funded criminal activity. Why do people really think pot is any different in this regard?