I’ve long opposed the view we can legalize or decriminalize hard drugs. How would the state distribute or license distribution of crack cocaine ? I know ecstasy is impossible to eliminate but how would you legalize the stuff ? Distribution through pharmacies ?
In government we set up drug courts to boost rehabilitation of offenders and to steer them away from gaol, decriminalized personal use of marijuana and set-up Australia’s only medically-supervised injecting room.
But I resisted the rather glib calls for decriminalization of hard drugs which left hanging the tough questions I pose above.
Yet now I’m thinking about how viable is continued prohibition especially in the American context. US drug use is hauling Mexico down into the inferno turning a nation of 111 million into a state run by drug cartels. The murders are now numbered in the tens of thousands with police commanders being beheaded and journalists executed.
All because of Americans and their insatiable hunger for mind-altering experiences. The collapse of order in Mexico is too big a price to pay to sustain the hypocritical prohibition on the very drugs that the last three American presidents have admitted to using in their youth.
But how you would distribute or allow distribution of the stuff is the difficult unanswered policy question.