The book Twenty-Five Reason To Legalize Drugs, We Really Lost This War is coming out January 2008. As a newby attorney, I strongly agree with the author, Stephen H. Frye, MD. Here in the good ole US of A, we imprison at a rate six times greater than the Dutch. The reason? All the people in jail or prison for crimes that should not be crimes. The proof? The Dutch have indisputably and unequivocally proven that drug decriminalization and legalization works and is remarkably effective. The incarceration rate related to drugs in the US is 12 times higher than the Netherlands. Dr. Frye is correct â€œThe drug war kills people, not the drugs.â€ Opiate use such as heroin was actually declining until the US passed the Harrison Act. Before drugs were outlawed, cocaine was at only one-fifth of the use it is at today. There is only one motivation to keep drugs illegal. It is profit. Extraordinary profits triggered and driven solely by drugs being illegal. Illegality created media and political attention that provided the incentive for drug dealers to get more people addicted driving up the numbers of their captive customer base.
Aside from the increase in enormous legal problems in increases in each courtâ€™s caseload from the needless war on drugs, the social costs have been staggering. Every aspect of crime was increased when drugs were made illegal. In the twenty-eight years since, murders have averaged an increase of 9,000 a year for a total of 252,000 people dead. Drug offenses increased an average of 1,539,000 a year for a total of 43,092,000 people. Imprisonments increased an average of 1,809,000 a year for a total of 50,652,000 more people in our jails and prisons. Assaults increased an average of 1,464,000 a year for a total of 40,992,000 people. And on and on.
I, and my colleagues are looking forward to this book. Hopefully it will turn the tide and we as a country will adopt what Holland has so successfully proven. The stranglehold burden on lawyers and our courts will be lifted. The drug dealer, the middle-man, the only one who currently benefits, will be eliminated. The savings to taxpayers is enormous. Add to that savings the sales tax collected off the legal sale of the drugs.
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Copyright © 2010 Kent J.
25 Reasons To Legalize Drugs
We Really Lost This War
Copyright © 2010 Kent J.
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