Pete Guither is a staunch drug law reform advocate and an excellent writer who, among other ventures, maintains a blog where he shares Drug War related news and opines on the current goings-on in that field. In his most recent post, he posits that if a one were to answer the five part question he puts forth that it would take " quite a bit of self-delusion to get through that exercise and still support criminalization".
Personally, I agree with Mr. Guither and I thought it might be interesting to pose this challenge to those here on this board that support the criminalization of recreational drugs.
The five part question is broken down as follows:
- Dose the government have the authority to criminalize drugs?
- Are drugs dangerous?
- Will criminalization significantly reduce the danger?
- Is criminalization the best way to reduce the danger?
- Are the advantages of criminalization worth the destructive elements of prohibition?
There is more detail relating to each part of the question, and I suggest one read through the full article before attempting to answer these points. The article can be found here:
Legalization isn't the question
Very much looking forward to people's responses here!