Real costs of drug prohibition |

Real costs of drug prohibition

Terrorism is funded by drug profits. Let’s not stop there. Ever wonder why terrorists don’t get their money selling toasters or wallets? They need the outrageous profits that can come only from illegal products that are priced 50 times their normal value.

Prohibition’s appeal is telling people what they can and cannot ingest. But we pay for this privilege – and pay and pay. First we pay $19 billion to wage the war on drugs. Then we pay $60 billion to arrest and incarcerate millions of people who are simple drug users. Then we pay the price of inevitable police corruption. Next we pay $47 billion because of increased crime surrounding the drug trade. Then drug users in this country spend an extra $100 billion due to inflated prices. Where does this money go? It goes to foreigners, some of whom despise us. A few dislike us so much that they buy weapons and try to kill us. To prevent this, we pay $340 billion for defense. Defense is always imperfect, so we pay addition billions for the inevitable destruction that sneaks through.

Drug users are a fact of life. Some countries have gone so far as institute a death penalty for drug use. The result? The drug users simply went further underground. Even if you put every American into jail, drugs would still be prevalent. We can see prisoners today that have managed to smuggle drugs into prison.

We can’t get rid of the users, but we can get rid of the profits, just was we did for alcohol when we ended Prohibition. Do you still want to tell your neighbors what they can and can’t ingest? Better be ready to pay the price: More than $1,000 from each of us, year after year. Me, I’d rather go to Hawaii.

Charley Hooper

Grass Valley

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