Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Don’t Drink and Drive. Say No to Drugs.

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t use or sell drugs, at least until they become legal, if that happens. Driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance or delivery of a controlled substance seem to land more people in jail and put them in front of a judge. No one looks good in the jail uniform coveralls.

Drinking and driving is dangerous, so I agree that the law should impose stiff penalties for that offense. Narcotics, by themselves, generally only hurt the individuals who use them, and maybe friends or family of users. It is when they are illegalized that more pernicious secondary effects that have repercussions for society arise. Do you recall how well Prohibition worked? That era is remembered for its gangsters and organized crime. When the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment, gangsters disappeared.

If drugs were legalized, the government could tax the heck out of them and it could control their production, as with alcohol and cigarettes. This would also be a boon for Mexico and other Latin and South American counties that are ravaged by the drug war. I do not imagine that drug use would increase. Non-users are probably non-users, not because of the laws, but because drugs are bad for you. I think people in law enforcement generally oppose legalization because the failed war on drugs guarantees them a job and a source of income, even though it is a tremendous waste of money for everyone else.