Will legalizing drugs stop the daily murder and mayhem on inner city streets? The inner city loss of life is as if these people are on the frontlines in the drug war.
In the current Great Depression II, what would be the financial savings to drug legalization?
“According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, ‘[T]he value of the global illicit drug market for the year 2003 was estimated at US$13 bn [billion] at the production level, at $94 bn at the wholesale level (taking seizures into account), and at US$322bn based on retail prices and taking seizures and other losses into account. This indicates that despite seizures and losses, the value of the drugs increase substantially as they move from producer to consumer’”
The daily murder rates clearly tell us that the belief in the prohibition of intoxicants is folly considering people have been using them for thousands of years. The US need only look at the failure of alcohol prohibition (1920 – 1933) in the Twentieth Century to see that they may be waging a futile war.
Will we have the backbone to demand drug legalization to start saving the thousands of lives and countless of incapacitating causalities from drug turf wars fought in America’s inner city neighborhood streets. It is very disquieting when I drive through the hood where I see young men that are now wheelchair prisoners who might have become victims of a drug turf battle.