You may notice that myself and Nash agree on quite a lot of things. But we do have an exception. The future of currently illegal drugs. One of us wishes to make a world crisis disastrously worse…while I wish to fix the problem by ending the ‘War on Drugs’ and legalising most substances.
Obama recently vowed to continue with the so-called “War on Drugs” when speaking in Costa Rica. In this post I’d like to lay out the case for the legalisation of most illegal substances.
1. A simple one really and probably the most philosophical out of the five points I’ll be making. When did it become the case for the state to legislate on what individuals can and can not do with their own bodies as long as it harms no one else? If we allow people to consume as much alcohol as they please despite it being more dangerous than herione and crack, allow individuals to excessively smoke causing 60,000 cases of lung cancer in the UK in 2010 and allow obesity to kill three times as much as malnutrition then I’m sorry, that’s hypocrisy of the finest order.
2. A decriminalised and legalised UK would allow the state to control what chemicals are added to substances as they’re produced. This would enable governments to regulate and sieve out any dangerous chemicals and the concentration of the drug in hand.
3. Legalise drugs and you take away a massive source of income and profit from organised crime (around 230 billion Euros a year).
4. Obviously any tax placed on the selling of legalised drugs can be reinvested into public services (who wouldn’t love that?).
5. Finally, we can put an end to this ridiculously costly ‘War on Drugs’ which has achieved next to nothing.
I put it to you now, we can continue with the vindictive Daily Mail approach of no to legalisation at any cost, or we can make a meaningful advancement in World Politics. I’m not saying there wont be some problems that will raise their ugly head from a legalised Britain, but it’s damn sight improvement over our current conundrum.