Poverty helped by ending war on drugs ?

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  1. pinoybaptist

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    A candidate for delegate here in Virginia proposes to sponsor legislation aimed at ending the war on drugs because doing so can help combat proverty.
    I seems this is also a Libertarian Party view.
    I don't see how this will work, and I haven't read any discourse or article from the Libertarians about this, either.
    Not that I know where to look.
    Is there anyone on this board familiar with this proposition and its merits and demerits ?
    thanks.
     
  2. kyredneck

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    Libertarian Party: 40 years is enough - end the Drug War

    The article makes some good points by comparing ' Prohibition I' and Prohibition II'. Decrimilization of drugs seems to have worked in other countries.

    Personally, I think it would be great were U.S. farmers able to grow hemp.
     
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    So how do they suggest addressing drugs like Heroin & cocaine hallucinationagetenic drugs like LSD?
     
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    ""Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drug use, including substances classified as hard drugs. As a Cato Report entitled 'Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies' showed, drug use dropped over the next several years and the Portuguese now use marijuana at lower levels than Americans use cocaine."
     
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    Too radical for the USA
     
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    I still don't understand from the get-go how it will help alleviate poverty. afghanis plant poppies but they're still rat-poor.
     
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    The middlemen always make the biggest profits. In this case the middle men are drug dealers and the mega banks that launder the est 500 billion dollars annual generated by the drug trade.

    Then there's the 82 billion annually the government steals from taxpayers to fight the drug war.

    Then there's the billions taxpayers have to pony up so the private prison companies are able to stay at 90% capacity.

    Then there's all the taxpayer money that gets spent on court costs and lawyer fees to prosecute Johnn Q. Doe for posessing a small amount of drugs to arrive at a lengthy prison term (gotta keep a 90% capacity) in the end.

    Imagine how much of that money could be used to help the poor instead of fighting a war that rewards the bankers and government billions upon billions but otherwise was doomed to fail from the start.
     
    #7 poncho, May 17, 2013
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