Legalising drugs as a solution for organised crime? Yeah right!
Legalising drugs has been an ongoing debate for years. Will it help reducing the number of users, will it demystify hard drugs or will it lead a country to total chaos, filled with addicts?
First of all, what drugs are we talking about? I truly believe that some drugs must not, in any case, be legalised. What would the world become if you could buy heroin in Tesco, together with your daily milk and vegetables? Some people think that it works exactly like that in Holland and Portugal, that drugs are everywhere, accessible to everyone. Not quite.
In Holland, cannabis is tolerated but you will rarely see someone take a stash of cocaine out of their pocket in a coffee shop.
In Portugal, and since 2000, if you are found in possession of drugs, you just get fined. You don’t go to prison, but the police doesn’t hand you a medal and give you a standing ovation. Drug dealers are still put behind bars, drug users get fined. They are tolerated, not available in every grocery store. Also, people would argue that Portugal has seen a decrease of heroin users and would link it to this law. Actually, if you look at the dates, the statistics were made before the law came through. No correlation there, or a really small one.
I also believe that legalising drugs would definitely not help decreasing the number of organised crimes and gangs. Would it, really? If drugs are legalised, the government is going to put a set price on them. Do you really think that users will not want them cheaper and that dealers will just be sad they were put out of a job?
Because drugs will never be fully legalised or even approved (that would be dangerous) considering all the other aspects that result from them, they will remain a forbidden fruit. Even on display for sale in shops, it is common knowledge that drugs are bad and harmful. People will still try to take advantage of users and it will still be at the origin of gang wars and organised crime.
Legalising drugs to some extent might be feasible to some extent in theory but practice will show that it would not fit in our culture and that the disadvantages will still outnumber the advantages.
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