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How Would Legalizing Drugs In America Impact The Mexican Drug Cartels?: Left of Center View

Opponents of drug, prostitution and gambling legalization always point to increased crime and the dangers to children if these “evils” are legalized. If you actually look at what has happened in places where these “vices” are legal a very different conclusion can be easily drawn. In many cases the removal of taboos and illegality from the equation actually benefits the society and makes the activities in question safer.

In The Netherlands, marijuana and prostitution are legal, taxed and regulated. There is no black market for either and marijuana can be purchased in local coffee shops. Marijuana is illegal in the United States and prostitution is illegal in most states. The illegal sex trade and black market marijuana sales are multi-billion dollar industries with communities seeing neither benefits in the form of taxes or any consumer protection to keep either safer for consumers.

In 2001 a comparison of drug use, crime rates and criminal justice expenditures showed that legalization has made The Netherlands safer and more fiscally sound than current U.S. policies have made our nation. In The Netherlands, 17% of people over the age of 12 years admitted that they had used marijuana in their lifetimes. In the U.S. 36.9% of people in the same age group admitted marijuana use. In The Netherlands 1 out of 1,000 people is incarcerated. In the U.S. we incarcerate people at 7 times that rate. Homicides there happen at a rate of 1.51 per 100,000 people. Here, homicides occur at a rate of 5.56 per 100,000. Heroine use there is found in approximately 0.4% of the population while here it is approximately 1.4% who use.

By incarcerating 7 times the percentage of our population that they do and having to process all of those people through the criminal justice system we are spending billions to support a failing policy. Drug use is higher here where the drugs are illegal. Violent crime is higher here where we have a black market for sex and drugs. Our own laws are turning thugs into millionaires while driving demand for the “forbidden fruit” among the rebellious in our society.

If we want to take the power away from the drug cartels we need to legalize, tax and regulate what they sell. We can make it cheaper, safer and drive legitimate employment growth while putting the illegal drug and sex traffickers out of business.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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How Would Legalizing Drugs In America Impact The Mexican Drug Cartels?: Right of Center View

Legalizing drugs in America would be disastrous. Virtually overnight criminals would become capitalists and all of the bloodshed they built their businesses on would be no more than water under the bridge. People who had operated by using fear and intimidation for decades would suddenly be as legitimate as bankers and investors. A legacy of death would be casually forgotten because they control a product that would suddenly be alright to sell and someone would need to fill the demand.

With drug cartels operating on the wrong side of the law there is at least some hope that they will be one day held accountable for the seeds of sorrow that they sow every day. Every baby born addicted to their poison has at least some hope of seeing the person who poisoned them brought to justice. Every kid forced to dodge bullets on their way to school as rival drug dealers shoot it out has a chance to see the monsters bringing death into their neighborhood locked in a cage where they belong.

If we legalize the poisons they sell we legitimize the people who sell them. We cannot, we must not, ever allow the things they have done to be swept under the carpet in the name of expedience. Drugs do harm and the people that sell them do harm. We should not even be discussing putting these vile substances on our store shelves. This is not an issue about what is easier; it’s an issue about what is right and what is wrong.

The drug cartels have already become rich and powerful. Making their product legal would only serve to make them more secure than they are now. They would no longer have to fear prosecution because they would not be doing anything illegal anymore. We need to focus on winning the war on drugs and putting the death peddlers in a box they can never get out of. This is too important a battle to give up on. We need to catch and lock up these bastards where they will never again see the sun.

The idea that somehow bringing the drug trade out of the shadows would somehow be of any benefit to anyone is ridiculous. Drugs would become cheaper and easier for addicts to get than they are now and the cartels would get away with mass murder. How on earth could that possibly be good for America?

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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