Why Legalize Drugs?

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When was the last time you were shot at by the Budweiser truck driver?

America, the “land of the free”, also happens to be the home of the largest incarceration rate in world.  Over a quarter of those imprisoned are serving time for non-violent “drug crimes”.  The courts are known to hit minorities harder with longer prison sentences meanwhile so many resources are spent on enforcing “cleanliness’ that few are left for dealing with actual “real crimes”.

If a crime has no victim should it be a crime?  Such a crime would seem to be more an infringement on liberty than an actual crime.  Such a law creating such a crime would seem unfit to exist.

Imagine for one second that you’re living in a land with no state.  You catch a “hot tip” that your neighbor has in her possession narcotics that you personally do not approve of.  Would you feel morally obligated or even morally justified to go to her house, kidnap her, bring her back to your house and imprison her in your basement for a period of time to “get clean” and learn your “morality”?  No?  Then why hire government thugs to do it?

If the true intention of prohibition is to decrease drug use, prohibition is no less than an obvious failure.  Name one drug where usage hasn’t increased more than 10 fold since prohibition.  If it weren’t for drug prohibition increasing the costs of drugs like cocaine and heroin, crystal meth probably wouldn’t even exist.

Prohibition is the cause of the violence.  If a drunk needs his fix he can merely bum a couple bucks and go buy a 40 oz.   Prohibition drives costs up while putting profits in the hands of violent drug cartels and terrorist organizations.  If you really want to fight terror why not cut off their revenue instantaneously?

Many like to talk about body ownership when it comes to a woman’s right to choose.  Can those same people really believe in body ownership while not supporting the individual’s right to ingest whatever they want into their own body?

Vices are not crimes, destroy power not people.

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Matt Bergman

Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".