We Cannot Legalize Drugs Because Drug Traffickers Make Too Much Money.
I can now smile unequivocally knowing her highness, Hillary Clinton, was not elected President. The headline paraphrases Clinton’s actual response to the idea of repealing drug prohibition:
”I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that – you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped. They can’t be given an even easier road to take, because they will then find it in their interest to addict even more young people. Mexico didn’t have much of a drug problem before the last 10 years, and you want to keep it that way. So you don’t want to give any excuse to the drug traffickers to be able legally to addict young people.”
Other profound highlights from Sec. of State Clinton’s interview with the Mexican Media:
"I think that every situation is different, and certainly Mexico is not Colombia, Mexico is not the United States."
Clinton earns an A+ for successfully demonstrating basic geographic principles - Country A is not the same as Country B (or Country C!).
Unfortunately, our almost-President-of-the-United-States receives an F for failing to grasp basic logic. Simply put, if I can purchase my marijuana (or cocaine, for weekends) from a grocery store, rather than the dumpster behind the neighborhood petrol station, I will. Why?
Convenience is a factor. I can easily stop by the “Drugs” aisle because I also need a toothbrush and some deoderant. Piece of cake.
More than convenience is price - that amazing motivator that can cause people to build bridges, cure disease and help one another…price. Also, drug-related deaths would actually be limited to drugs, rather than the differences that can occur during a transaction. As Hit & Run explains:
"Prohibition not only enables traffickers to earn a "risk premium" that makes drug prices much higher than they would otherwise be; it delivers this highly lucrative business into the hands of criminals who, having no legal recourse, resolve disputes by spilling blood."
Perhaps our former conservative-leaning, Barry Goldwaterite Sec. of State needs some spin. If it helps, she can think of the War on Drugs as a failure of her ability to govern. Across the country people’s individual rights are being violated.
Simply put, if I unknowingly purchase a defective item at a store, then I can sue. If the store does not possess said item and forces me to give up my money at gun point, then I can sue. If I steal the item from the store, then the store can sue me.
These are simple, effective and transparent ways for our government to protect our rights during the course of a transactions because they actually deter undesirable behavior.
Drug buyers and sellers currently cannot take advantage of such protections. As a result, check out the border. Check out the unfortunate number of drug-related prisoners to which you referred in your interview.
And then, get check out your brain. I remain hopeful that you will be a politician who changes her mind before she leaves office, while she can still make a difference.