Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
I'm afraid legalization in the US is probably further behind than you think. With the slash and burn nature of US politics, very few prominent politicians have the balls to back legalization.
IMO Obama is actually for legalization, but the Republicans would have nuked the crap out of him if he even hinted at legalizing marijuana. It would have been "family values" this and "drugs in schools" that.
Anyone with anything more than a double digit IQ is pro-legalisation of all drugs.
Especially marijuana and mushrooms... I mean, they grow outside in bloody fields...
However, the drugs debate isn't actually about legalisation, that's just what they want you to think. For, then they can say: "You can't have a government sanctioning addiction" and all that sort of malarky (ironically, it is okay for a government to sanction murder, but that's another debate for a whole other time).
The drugs debate is about crushing the profit margins on drugs. Legalisation is a means to an end in this.
And that's when you realise that it is rather strange that governments don't want to legalise or take on the drugs profit margins...
Par example (that's my bad excuse of French, and should be read with a French accent):
20.000.000 $ worth of heroin is caught by custums.
"Well done old chaps." Everyone says in harmony, "That's less drugs on the streets!"
However, let's look at simple capitalist economics on this one.
Less product, the same amount of people wanting that product. What happens to the price? It goes up (the profit margin per gram increases... or, if you don't use grams, the profit per cow-foot or whatever your local measurement is, goes up).
This means it becomes even more worthwhile to quit the day job and push some merchandise at the local disco or schoolyard.
And, when the price increases there's less people who are able to afford their addiction and have to resort to petty crime to finance it (like stealing car radios, breaking into houses to steal 10 year old VCR's, etc.).
And when petty crime rates go up, so does your insurance costs.
Now, somewhere in that little spiral of drug-induced madness, somebody's making a god-awful profit... and your (and mine's) drug tsar, doesn't seem to want to tackle it.
Where's my whisky? At least that isn't bad for my health.