Drug Prohibition is something engrained in the human psyche. The absolute desire to control and contain other people's substance use comes naturally when thinking about drugs.
When you picture a skinny man smoking crack, you get asked, 'what are your feelings about this?' Well, we need to ban it is how you feel. Let's analyze the typical result of prohibiting drugs. First, you deny it, then people begin trafficking it, fighting and killing other people who do the same, and then people start using it illegally, leading to incarceration and criminal records over drug use.
A criminal record these days is a poverty sentence. Your work prospects become grim; you can't get the income you need for a living wage, and even Mc Donalds will reject you if they see you got caught with methamphetamine. This is devastating to a citizen to be branded this way.
Drug prohibition may be a natural response, but is it logical? Initially, it's the right thing to do, but after fifty years of drug prohibition, people are still using drugs and going to jail, and there is no end in sight. This is a clear example of how drug prohibition is a knee-jerk reaction to a complicated problem.
No one stopped to consider when banning drugs, 'perhaps we can't get out of this problem so easily,' and that's what has happened. We took a complicated problem and clung to a simple mindless solution, and now that infection of the mind has spread to every political party, all law enforcement. Even in the medical profession, you have MDs who swear by drug prohibition.
Look I don't want to see people using drugs, but ruining lives and punishing people for drugs is costing us a lot of money and a lot of potential employees. It has become an effort that has no end in sight. We are flying to other countries and helping them kill drug crops to keep our society safe, and what happens? The market becomes toxic with synthetic drugs we can't control, and now we have people dying who went out to a party, got some cocaine, and it turned out fentanyl was included in their purchase, and they overdose and die.
Now cities like Vancouver and Toronto are trying to get out by decriminalizing possession, but that falls way short of actually ensuring a safe supply of drugs, and even allowing doctors to give out drugs is just more lunacy. Legalization, all across the board, is the correct solution. Low taxes on drugs and cheaper drugs undercut the black market and effectively eradicate it.
What has been done with Cannabis in Canada is an absolute failure. First of all, they demanded special packaging for cannabis; second of all, they have allowed it to become too expensive, fueling the black market. I know plenty of people who still go to drug dealers for their cannabis because they can purchase it at five dollars a gram. Profits from cannabis have fallen short of projections because nobody thought legalization would be so expensive for cannabis purchases. We need a cheap, clean supply of drugs; that's the way out.
Among conservatives, legalizing drugs is a 'liberal' thing to do. Some even believe we need to execute drug dealers; this is not a conservative method; this is a brutal method that proves the conservatives are controlled by the infection that is drug prohibitionist teachings. Why though?
Drug dealers generally seek to profit from addiction but do not intend to murder people. Intent to murder is critical in deciding the death penalty. If you can prove intent, then execution is rational; if you can't determine whether the individual intended to murder somebody, then you don't have a spiritually reasonable cause to execute them.