Give These Anti-Prohibition Cops a Donut

Via Hit and Run, a great bunch of educational video clips put out by LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition):

This quote really drives the point home:

Drug legalization is not to be construed as an approach to our drug problem. Drug legalization is about our crime and violence problem. Once we legalize drugs we gotta then buckle down and start dealing with our drug problem. And that’s not gonna be easy, but it’s something we can do.

10 Comments
  1. Brilliant. I wonder if it would be feasible to organize a campaign to send that video to our elected representatives?

  2. That vast majority of our so-called drug problem is the result of the drugs being illegal. Because certain (politically selected) drugs are illegal they are of unknown quality, unknown purity and unknown potency–just like alcohol was when it was illegal.

    And because the certain drugs are illegal, they are untaxed, unregualted and controlled by criminals–just like alcohol was when it was illegal.

    The vast majority of drug users would use only marijuana if it were legally available at an affordable price. When I first started using marijuana it sold for $10 on ounce. Now
    it sells for almost #300 an ounce. Most cannot afford it so they switch to other drugs–like meth or crack cocaine.

  3. This is a very good video. I wish all politicians had to to see this. I wish all parents and students had to see this. I think there is progress being made on this issue and that we will see at least marijuana legalized within the next ten years. This would be a huge step in ending the war on drugs.

  4. Maybe we should introduce school children, beginning in the 5th grade, to small doses of alcohol and street drugs so they can get used to them and learn to use in a social environment. How grateful and proud the parents would be, particularly the ones boozing and drugging at home. They would not be bothered with socializing their children in the proper use of mood changing chemicals.

    We now introduce them to sex(not them participating in the actual acts in class but it is just a matter of time), alternative heterosexual options, and whatever educators deem fit today.

    Why not? Nothing else is working.

    Oh, I forgot. There was a time in the distant past (for some of you, ancient American history), when the only goal of schools was to teach the three R’s. I remember those times and parents were responsible for the rearing of their offspring.

  5. Julian: You’re the only person who’s building up a straw man about giving drugs to kids. Weak argument. No one is saying that we should be giving drugs (or alcohol) or teaching them about sex.

    If anything, libertarians are arguing the state should stay out of these topics in school and let the parents take responsibility for rearing their own children.

  6. I love that quote.

    Have you tried getting parents to talk to their kids about drugs. I think it may be easier to get the kids to talk to their parents.

    Everytime I try to talk to people about LEAP, they always say they must be a bunch of druggies and wont listen. There board includes the former Attorney General of Columbia. Even with this arguement among many others most people just wont watch this video or even listen.

    When it comes down to it the gov’t should have no say in my body or my mind.

    Why does the Gov’t want a black market today?

    So they can train the police, military and people in general, into thinking that those with different viewpoints are well basically evil. I have even read on the army’s website where it talk’s about the use of the national guard troops, the tactics and tools of the drug war being perfect for counterinsurgency operations throughtout the world. They do not call drug users insurgents but that is how they are treated in our society.

  7. Parents can choose whatever school or homestudy they wish for their kids. If they want to choose one which teaches them about sex and drugs, fine. If they want to choose one which teaches them as if drugs and premarital sex don’t exist – or even that babies are delivered by stork – that’s their business too. How come this is something the government is concerned with? It shouldn’t even be running schools at all.

    That vast majority of our so-called drug problem is the result of the drugs being illegal.

    True, but drugs – legal and illegal – are a major problem for many people, and this is true regardless of which drugs are legal when. For millions of people, they are to be abused. Making drugs legal does not solve that particular problem any more than making them illegal does.

  8. The vast majority of drug users would use only marijuana if it were legally available at an affordable price.

    That may or may not be true; no one really knows. But many people like certain drugs based on the effects they have; personally, I don’t like the effects of marijuana, so it would not matter if it was legal. I do like cocaine, but I like it too much, so I generally stay away from it. If it was legal, it would be less dangerous in some ways, but its physiological and psychopharmaceutical effects would still be the same; I would still like it too much. If marijuana was legal, but cocaine illegal, it would not make me want to use marijuana.

    It’s true that legalization would solve a lot of problems. It’s also true that it would leave many other problems in existence. So the statement “Once we legalize drugs we gotta then buckle down and start dealing with our drug problem. And that’s not gonna be easy, but it’s something we can do.” is accurate.

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