We skirt around this issue in lots of threads, so I thought it might be nice to have a thread on. Is it time to legalize/control all illicit drugs?
Advantages I see are:
1. Users will know exactly what they are buying (as corporations will make, liquor stores perhaps distribute)
2. Health warnings will be explicit – people won’t be “guessing” as to the consequences
3. Health consequences can me measured more accurately – people will be able to come forward and be studied (not afraid of being “caught”)
4. Gangs won’t make money from producing and distributing drugs anymore
5. Age limits can be strictly enforced (like booze). This won’t be perfect, but at the moment there is zero control.
6. Profits will be taxed (a bit like gambling / booze / cigarettes)
7. More effective control and treatment in penitentiaries
8. No more home labs / drug houses
9. Foriegn policy tie in - e.g. Afghanistan farmers could legitimatley farm Opium to supply Canadian corporations, instead of this money they make funding the Taliban.
Disadvantages include that it “legitimizes” the activity (not that it isn’t already “legitimate” in many sectors of society).
What do you think? I realize this is a bit beyond just an “Edmonton” topic, but it is very topical right now for Edmonton (with the sad death at WEM) and all of Canada.