Hello, Teresa Mosqueda: For your thoughts and consideration:
Legalize All Drugs - LAD
As posted on FB
Please let me know your thoughts on the following proposal. I am hoping for the contribution of additional related ideas. Keep the comments on the topic and positive. Refrain from personal and negative comments. Should be fun. I am preparing a White Paper on the matter to be delivered to DJT.
The USA’s demand for drugs is the reason for the South American cartels’ existence. USA drug laws have no effect on curbing the demand for drugs. I propose that the Federal Government legalize all drugs, regulate the drug business, and turn over production and distribution of drugs to American entrepreneurs and pharmaceutical companies. We can’t change the demand for drugs no matter the method, means, and good intentions (as we have learned from experience over the past 80 years), but we can change the point of origin and distribution. Those who use drugs will get clean drugs with known potencies. The prisons will empty by around 50% or more. The drugs dispensed will be safer. Thoughts?
Regulation will lower dramatically drug crime rates and ancillary crimes - theft, beatings, rape, and murder. In 2001 Portugal legalized all drugs including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. They shifted possession to public health rather than criminal. The drug-related crime rate dropped from 44% to 22%. Drug use dropped and people in drug treatment increased by 60%. Link:
Positive effects of legalizing and controlling sale and distribution of all drugs:
- Safe drugs - fewer drug-related deaths from contamination and unexpected high potency - (Portugal @ 3 deaths per million vs. EU @ 17 per million vs. USA @ 185 per million)
- Billions of dollars stay in the USA
- Billions saved in legal and prosecutorial fees
- Reduced crime rate (not including possession) - up to 50%
- Increase in jobs and income
- Reduction in crime in Cartel countries and at our borders
7. Less criminal action and illegal crossings at the border
- An expected reduction in drug use and increase in rehabilitation
- Fewer prisons needed
- Fewer people in jail (Portugal - drug-related crime (not possession) down from 44% to 22%)
- Major reduction in workload for local police
- Reduced need for activities and budget for INS, HSP, HHS
- Same for ATF, ICE
- Reduced need for and use of firearms
- Demands put on medical facilities – Urgent Care, Hospitals, and EMS - will drop dramatically
16. Reduced danger of HIV up to 90% (Portugal statistic)
- Reduce or eliminate crime and control by MS-13
- Work with and encourage church groups and humanitarian organizations in providing help and rehab for drug users asking for help
- Curb money laundering
20. Income is made legal and reported and taxes paid
Also. We can legally grow and import poppies and coca. In fact, selling and using drugs is a crime simply because we say it is.
Also. The SA countries can return to producing cocoa, sugar, and coffee in free trade at fair prices, reducing crime, cartel slavery, and deaths.
This action will not force the use of drugs on anyone. Conversely, the plan appears to be a deterrent. A healthy diet and safe drugs will save trillions in medical costs.
Please post responses to this thread. An option to a FB response, Email to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trusting you, and Thank You.
Recent responses from individuals regarding Legalize All Drugs (LAD):
Good luck Walt. Check this link. I recall my Swiss friend mentioning this years ago.
Zurich - drugs in wastewater -
UN and Int’l cooperation - https://idpc.net/…/global-partnership-on-drug-policies-and-…
More Zurich -
Wouldn’t you be going up against big business? Who owns the prisons who would be the biggest loser if so many prisoners are released?
Why would this make you insane? Its pretty well known and documented that drug legalization is a positive progressive path with more benefits than harms to society. However, it won’t happen just yet in America. The anti-drug propagandists still have a strong hold over the minds of your generation and generation X. I remember not so long ago that you yourself were a Republican supporter who probably would not have supported legalizing drugs. Maybe you should tell your story how you went from conservative to progressive on the subject of drug use. People know the facts but facts don't matter, what gets peoples attention is a narrative. This way you can educate yourself and people without sounding preachy or righteous. to go back to my previous point, what was getting at is America can only win 1 battle at a time, marijuana is making progress and from there its only a matter of time before other natural substances become legal. Unfortunately, all the facts in the world won’t change that, but rebranding it will. Once clean businessmen and scientists starting repping Marijuana it and that weed were no longer just for hippies and burnouts a major shift took place, successful people use weed! so it's ok. That's my very condensed and filtered version of the collective American opinion.
I like where your heads at but I think your approach to it will be ineffective.
There are some great podcasts and movements for drug reform and educating people on the truth of drugs. Mushrooms and LSD are next to become legal. Mushrooms have more medicinal properties than Marijuana, some of the studies over (sic) read are mind-blowing, almost supernatural results.
Thanks for sharing pops! Love
From Prudencio (Pule):
My man! You forgot to include the negative side of this action. Obviously, as good as you might think this action--legalizing drugs--may be, it comes with a price. You know the old saying "there ain't no free lunch". There will be many negatives that would have to be weighed in against the positives you mentioned herein.
One of the first problems that comes to mind, and keep in mind I am a free market guy, who believes in very conservative economics, is that you would be giving the Pharmaceutical Industry a license to steal. Imagine what you would get from those greedy bastards--I am sure you saw the story of the "epees" (Epipens)—when you had them a ready-made, hot market for a product that is necessary, that is a must for the user, !!! Are you kidding me?
I agree with you that, as with immigration, something has to be done. Some means that moves us closer to the utopian spot you seek. I mean, you could use liquor as an example. However, in our world, today, it is all about politics!!! I think we need to get all of those assholes out f Washington and begin afresh with people that are really representatives of the citizens. I think that a path towards a solution as you propose begins with term limits!!
We could drink a few beers --we probably should!
--and discuss this at-large and barely scratch the surface of the solution, however, the mission and objective is quite noble and deserves plenty of lip service and thought, more of the latter than the former.
Hope all is well with you.