Big Pharma not Big Gangs

An excellent short post referencing a story on gang violence in U.S. News and World Report. While there are deep problems with criminality in th United States, in general things have been getting better. The sorts of crimes that are increasing, however, seem to be fueld by the Drug War.

So end the Drug War.

Gangs rule over the most crime-free America in decades Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog
What drives all this competitive destruction? Our failed war on drugs.

By not medicalizing the problem and decriminalizing use, we provide black market opportunities for criminals.

Frankly, Id rather see Big Pharma clean up

The modern approach to complex problems is not to wish them away, or to create a libertarian paradise: it is to regulate them. We have regimes for regulating alcohol and marijuana. Why not regulations for fat… and for drugs?

5 thoughts on “Big Pharma not Big Gangs”

  1. Bring back the medicine shows. Good fun, and – actual employment opportunities for banjo players. What is in snake oil? Booze, cocaine, etc.

    Our ancestors apparently lived high as kites.

  2. I totally concur that we need to have a new grand strategy to address the current “War on Drugs.” A redirection of resources to as you and Tom suggest, would have implications for controlling international drug cartels that threaten the US and have devastated our neighbor countries, Mexico,and others.
    One hoped for benefit would be that our inner city youth would not be seeing the only avenue to having money would be as a drug dealer, and be forced by reality, to seek other means.

  3. tdaxp,

    Is your residential status in Nebraska, or is it still South Dakota? Thing is, I was thinking of launching a grassroots campaign in the former to regulate Salvia D, but also to maintain it’s legal status. I am asking for your residence because you could be a great ally in this endeavor.

    Currently, there is next to no Salvia D regulation in Nebraska, not even in terms of age, but yet a complete ban is being considered and is being spearheaded by attorney general Jon Bruning as one of his “top three priorities.”

    Think of this as a opportunity to “draw the line” in terms of drug prohibition, and furthermore and opportunity for the public to rethink drug legislation in general.

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