The closure of Silk Road — a marketplace where internet users could purchase drugs and other illegal goods — in 2013 has had little to no effect on drug sales. According to a new report from RAND, online drug sales have tripled since the site was shut down.
While much less than 1% of the (at least American) population abuses “illicit” drugs (at least according to consistent U.S. government usage statistics combined with the Institute of Medicine’s dependency rates table), literally millions of non-violent (so sanely innocent) lives have been demonstrably ruined to varying degrees (including horrific and even deadly ones) by Certain Drug Prohibition (if you will) – the ‘bigger and badder’ sequel to Alcohol Prohibition, which “mysteriously” required a federal constitutional amendment to judicially establish and enforce.
Another similar amendment ended Alcohol Prohibition for basically the same reasons that should have intelligently prevented Certain Drug Prohibition in the “land of the free”.
Several decades ago, the Commerce Clause (“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”) was illegally judicially redefined (according to the public record combined with the English language) to regulate any activity having a substantial effect on commerce. By “interpreting” that clause, our Supreme Court granted Congress the authority to ban (not regulate) the mere possession of a certain plant, for prime example. That’s why I put illicit in unrealism quotes above.
Factually speaking, the war on (some politicized) drugs is ineffective, destructive, expensive, unconstitutional, and unwarranted.
We don’t even have a “drug free” prison system, nor one shred of concrete (so credible) evidence proving we live in even a slightly more “drug free” America as a result of spending many billions of taxpayer dollars annually.
Drug abuse (which is clearly distinct from use, despite the prohibitionists unethically interchanging use and abuse merely for their demonizing convenience) is a health – not criminal – issue by any sound reasoning.
The war on some drugs can only be righteously described as sanctioned thuggery.
Prohibition provides an enormous (and otherwise unachievable) profit margin to black market organizations of all sizes. That money empowers them (even small gangs) with military grade weaponry, bribery power, and so on – so is a much more serious threat to genuinely good members of law enforcement (including border patrol) and even those criminal organizations horrendously violently competing with each other.
Legalization (with a firm educational push involving the actual risks of any given drug in the Information Age logically leading to the Education Age) instantly cuts that serious financial supply line (as it did with Alcohol Prohibition), and the idea that drug use increases upon legalization must involve the assumption that prohibition works (which it clearly doesn’t) – as opposed to market saturation theory (i.e. a minority of people desire the use of these drugs, apparently like a minority of people desire to skydive, and they already have workable channels to secure access to those drugs).
Drug prohibition addiction is the genuine drug “scourge” and “epidemic” (as the mainstream media loves to call the drug problem), ironically speaking.
Drug prohibition addicts deceive the public and effectively steal taxpayer money to get their prohibition fix – hypocritically the macrocosm of the stereotypical heroin addict.
Only a proper public intervention against drug prohibition addicts suffices to save literally millions of more innocent lives in the coming decades from yet another baseless and selfishly reckless form of minority persecution in the “land of the free” that was sold to the public in the pathetically traditional form of “protecting the children”.