Socially we've come to an agreement that it is in Public Interest to "Remove The Scourge of Illegal Drugs" from the streets. In doing so we as a society have decided to Crack Down on those that are involved in it.
Countless Drug Dealers and users have been Arrested, Tried, Convicted and Sentenced in course of this Crack Down or has it has been phrased "War on Drugs"!
But what have we gained?
Drug Dealing is a Business. With paying customers. You shut down McDonald's people will just go the next Mcdonald's or Burger King. You havent addressed the Demand.
So how do you address the Demand for Illegal Drugs? As a Health Concern or as a Crime?
Well if we address it as a Health Concern then people would just use the Tobacco and Alcohol argument and you can quickly see where that road ends. But it's only a Crime because the of Laws that could easily be changed.
But in the meantime, there are more and more Dealers and users that are filling the jails and prisons. I've said this more times then I can remember, "If you lock up one Dealer it may take two or more to replace him"!
And he will be replaced trust me!
You see its like a revolving door and endless cycle. You get rid of one Older Dealer and just make room for a younger to step in and fill the void. But who's kids are filling this void? Who's kids are caught in this revolving door?
We need to seriously look at the societal impacts of this so called "War on Drugs" and analyze just exactly who are we Fighting and can this thing possibly be won?
Anthony D. Hall