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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jim Landers is a Dope

An idea for columnist, reporters, and other worthless media types everywhere -- If you write a story/article on drugs, and the drug trade, make a honest effort to talk some people that don't work for the ONDCP or the U.N. It might provide some actual insight into the problems we face.

Case in point: Jim Landers from the Dallas Morning News:
WASHINGTON – Here's a recession that's welcome.

The criminal enterprises that sell illegal drugs are seeing less profit, and some are losing money, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Drug abuse is down dramatically in the United States. It is flat around the world for the third year in a row.

What happened?

The war on drugs has shifted to a public health focus toward users, and a private business focus toward sellers.
Uh...Is that news to anybody else, or just me? "The war on drugs has shifted to a public health focus toward users". I wasn't aware we switched drug policy. Must have happened over the weekend and I missed it in the haze of St Patrick's Day weekend. A shame really -- because our previous strategy of shooting and/or imprisoning users and dealers alike seemed to be working so well for us.

I'll give Jim credit on one data point; drug use is down, and has been going down for years. It's been going down as the supply of most drugs has been increasing and the prices decreasing. More and cheaper drugs; but yet less drug use. Could it be, that if you let people alone to make their own decisions about what they put in their bodies that most will decide that drugs are not for them? That would be a revolutionary idea: Let folks make their own choices.

More:
"It may not be the best thing to arrest the most people. It may not be the best thing to focus brute force on them," said John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Good one John. You almost had me there for a minute.

And finally:
Local, national and international laws restricting the sale of chemicals used to manufacture the drugs have proved surprisingly effective in disrupting the traffic in methamphetamines, or crystal meth, an illegal stimulant. Local governments were the first to curb sales of cold medicines containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, followed in 2006 by national legislation.

The drug makers moved manufacturing to Mexico. As of January, however, Mexico has banned imports of these chemicals.
And then people will stop using methamphetmines to get high. End of story, it's that simple. No substitution drug will pop up, no new production methods will be tried, all you have to do is ban the substances and the problem goes away. It always works.

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