Reading the post ‘Even More Drug War Hypocrisy’ on The Libertarian (NOT the Sri Lankan guy), turned me on to the Daily Dish and Andrew Sullivan’s piece on ‘Drugs and Toxicity’. It seems that:

“ ..the least toxic drug known to humans is now illegal. The most toxic is available at Safeway. None of this makes any sense at all. And yet we continue to imprison people for ingesting substances far less harmful than others freely available. One has to wonder what the prohibitionists are smoking. Maybe nutmeg”.

Nutmeg (Myristica fragans) – of all things! Yes, the same nutmeg that is used as a condiment and is a vital ingredient in many of our local deserts, now deemed illegal by the powers that make these laws. Laws that make no sense at all. Let’s consider the following with a view to the legalization of narcotic substances:

Is it even possible to conceive of the gazillions of $$$$ that go towards maintaining the massive drive against the growers, manufacturers, dealers and users of illegal narcotic substances? Whatever it is, it need not be spent if these substances were legally controlled – as much as the alcochol and tobacco global conglomerates are.

Income from taxes and other revenue generating sources related to the sale and use of these substances could be used for more productive social or environmental-friendly purposes.

The drug barons, crooked law-enforcement and other government officials that benefit from the illegal trade would be out of that kind of business and the collosal amount of tax-payers’ money spent on all the ‘legalities’ of prosecuting small-time users and dealers as well the expense of maintaining the ‘criminal’ growers, manufacturers, drug users and dealers in jail at taxpayers’ expense could also be put to better use.

There would be legal access to the substances of choice for users which would obviate the time and expense used to punish them.

There would be access to medical treatment for those who abuse the substances to the detriment of their physical and psychological well being and crime related to illegal drugs would plummet.

A new Landmark study “…concludes that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study.

In research published Friday in The Lancet, Professor David Nutt of Britain’s Bristol University and colleagues proposed a new framework for the classification of harmful substances, based on the actual risks posed to society. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco among the top 10 most dangerous substances”.

There are many other reasons for legalization. So why is it illegal to use an intoxicating substance of choice (other than, of course, the ubiquitous alcochol and tobacco)?

It just doesn’t make sense – or does it??!!

For more on this, see https://javajones.wordpress.com/2007/04/04/more-on-nutmeg/

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