Let people be free; legalize use of drugs
I think it is an unfortunate display of unbridled power fueled by mistaken notions about the consequences of drug usage, production and distribution that two raids were allowed to take place in Kokomo. Big Daddy’s and Little Daddy’s are desultory firms, of that there is little doubt, but allowing the police to raid their facilities because of a “war on drugs” is counterproductive and harmful.
The truth? It is less harmful for society as a whole to legalize every drug than to allow these public “servants” the power to raid homes, prosecute users and shift production practices and methods. As this war ratchets up, kids shift from higher-quality drugs to lower-quality drugs laced with harmful materials, or such drugs as synthetic weed rather than the relatively less harmful cannibus.
The drug war creates a cycle of failure that is used to justify rather than condemn increased expenditures on enforcement while drug use and abuse increases.
If that’s not enough, our justice system is inherently racist, prosecuting minorities at a higher rate and for lengthier sentences for identical crimes. The preferred drugs of minorities have higher penalties than those of their Caucasian counterparts. Gang violence ensues because of the prohibition of drugs because of the high profit margins that tend to increase the risk young people are willing to undergo to produce and distribute elicit substances.
The solution? William Lloyd Garrison once said, “An unjust law is no law at all.” If you’re a police officer reading this, the solution is clear; do not enforce this unjust law.
Rule of law is important, sure, but oppressive law with damaging unintended consequences must not be enforced. If you’re a legislator, repeal. Don’t just legalize marijuana, legalize everything.
The rationalist in all of us tends to absolutely hate the unknown, and drug legalization has an awful lot of “unknowns,” but it’s time to grow up as a society, read some economic studies, and let people be free.
Let people be free; legalize use of drugs
Letters to the Editor: April 18, 2014
Attendees at the Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting April 7 were treated to an appalling lack of both action and concern by the commissioners.
Letter to the Editor: April 17, 2014
On March 20 of this year I attended a public meeting of the Tipton County Economic Development Alliance. Members of this group include the three county commissioners, a member of the county council, two members from the city council, and the mayor.
Letters to the Editor: April 16, 2014
At the time the agenda for the April 7 commissioner meeting came out, I was happy to see that the neglected commissioner board appointments were finally going to be addressed. These appointments had been in limbo for months on end.
Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2014
In a recent “public eye” article written by KT columnist Scott Smith about the proposed industrial wind turbine project; mention was made of the “new deal” brokered by Howard County Commissioners with E.ON.
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