On a side note, if I take the video if the TED talk into account amd what the newest research does suggest, it is really beyond my understanding that governments no matter where are still clinging to the notion that drugs (apart from alcohol and nicotine in most countries) need to be illegal.
Imagine a situation in which addicts are legally enabled to buy clean and properly dosed/mixed drugs at a pharmacy, under control of a board/panel/agency.
This would result in a few things, I guess, a reduction in (petty) crime being one of these.
So if the drugs are legalized, how are they distributed? A user get them for free? So where do they get this money? Welfare? That's a laugh…. Crime all of a sudden stops, doubt it. So we give them somewhere to live, to shoot up or what have you, plus all the programs to hopefully get them off the drugs. Where does this end? What is the goal? Schools have to hold fundraisers constantly for extra funding and all of a sudden the gov't is going to throw down x amount of dollars for this? Lets be realistic.
Drugs legalized, more people become junkies? Less? I just see a viscous cycle. I see a huge revenue with the funds being allocated elsewhere as usual.
Probably one of the hardest problems to deal with and it saddens me. I think these issues have probably been explored but the situation remains the same. I really hope one day there is a remedy but not optimistic.
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