I think I have...
If one decriminalizes something like marijuana,by making posession a summary offence,the "criminality" is greatly reduced.That stops a little before legalization,which I don't support...
I also would not support the decriminalization of heavy narcotics like heroin or cocaine...
So you prefer to leave the drug trade in the hands of organized crime?
Even Harper doesn't seem certain ...
Meanwhile, another issue — illicit drugs— captured the attention of the summit.
Harper said the leaders had a solid discussion on the issue.
“I think there is almost a universal agreement that we should continue to fight transnational criminal networks.
There is increasing doubt about whether we are taking the best approach to doing that.
”‘What I think everybody believes and agrees with — and I’ll be frank myself — is that the current approach is not working But it is not clear what we should do.”
The escalating violence connected to drug cartels in Latin America has some nations insisting it’s time for a new approach — a decriminalized system in which governments regulate how the drugs are sold. The purpose of establishing a legal, regulated system would be to undermine the profits of the drug gangs.
To varying degrees, the leaders of Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica have spoken out in favour of why different approaches other than strict criminal crackdowns need to be explored. The development comes after decades of the “war on drugs” — a war that many Latin American leaders. say has been lost.
They note that drug cartels have grown more powerful as violence spreads throughout the region — claiming more than 50,000 lives in Mexico alone — and that drug use has only increased in rich nations such as Canada and the United States.
Harper spoke of how troubled he is by the continued “penetration” of the drug trade throughout Canadian society, in both urban and rural areas. ’“So there is a willingness to look at what various measures can be taken to combat that phenomenon.”
But he cautioned against “simple answers” such as decriminalization.
And no amount of law — whether it’s having the approach in the Muslim world to execution, all the way to full legalization, nothing is going to prevent the reality that this is a trade, people attempting to make rich by destroying people’s lives. It’s that simple.”
“It’s going to be an enormous social problem wherever it occurs and under whatever legal regime it happens.”
Now, I see that Harper has identified the right villains - organized crime that profits from the illegal drug trade - but I detect some confusion and contradictions: If drugs are legal and controlled (like alcohol), then who does he think would be "attempting to make rich by destroying people's lives."?
Harper needs to give that some more thought.
A lot of people need to give that some more thought.
He's right that drug addiction will be a problem whether legal or not:
Drug abuse is not going away.
But legalizing would cut out the organized crime element, and their aggressive entrapment of people into addiction (and prostitution) and would give us a better chance to help people with drug addictions.
Legalizing would not encourage people to do drugs any more than legal alcohol makes people become alcoholics: Excessive drinking is not socially acceptable just because alcohol is legal.
Yeh Towhey! Somebody give that man a job.