Legalization could prevent a 4yo boy from sharing cocaine
I just read an article on ABC News and I had to put some education to it.
NJ Police: Dad Tells 4-Year-Old Cocaine Is Candy
New Jersey police say a 4-year-old boy shared cocaine with his friends at day care because his father told him it was candy.
Personally, the only “drug” I care about legalizing is marijuana. It’s a plant, not a man-made chemical. But, I would be a careless fool if I didn’t admit the benefits to legalizing all drugs.
Prohibition was always a bad idea. We learned that lesson during the prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition-inspired wars between gangsters like Al Capone and law enforcement like Elliot Ness left only dead bodies and crying widows. Even then, people continued drinking alcohol as they pleased. Prohibition didn’t work and it wasn’t worth another life.
With the legalization of alcohol, came regulation and taxation. Alcohol was no longer under control of the gangsters like Al Capone but instead behind the counter tops of liquor stores where harmful substances could be controlled, kept out of the hands of children.
Instead of learning those simple lessons, the US followed alcohol prohibition with marijuana prohibition and subsequently a total prohibition on anything considered a drug. Go figure.
While there exist Al Capones of the illegal drug market today, guys like Shaheed Wright exist as well. Shaheed Wright is a drug dealer, dealing cocaine and probably other drugs as well. He is also the father that told his own 4yo son that cocaine was candy as he sent him off to school with baggies of cocaine in his pocket.
The problem with these small time drug dealers is that they control the drug market and they decide who gets drugs. Where alcohol, and even tobacco, were taken out of the hands of people like Shaheed Wright and Al Capone, prohibitionists have given these people the job of gatekeeper of powerful substances. With no regulation, who’s going to tell Shaheed Wright to whom he can distribute his product? No one!
Granted, it was an unfortunate situation that lead up to the boy getting the cocaine, we can not absolve prohibitionists for placing the responsibility of cocaine in the hands of irresponsible people like Shaheed Wright. Why aren’t we treating these drugs like alcohol and tobacco? Why are they so easy to obtain?
I ask this simple question to those that believe prohibition is the way to go:
How often does a 4yo boy end up sharing alcohol or tobacco with friends at school?
And, if you need help realizing why prohibition is a failure, read this article:
Former U.S. anti-drug official’s arrest ‘a complete shock’
As a high-ranking U.S. anti-drug official, Richard Padilla Cramer held front-line posts in the war on Mexico’s murderous cartels. He led an office of two dozen agents in Arizona and was the attache for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Guadalajara. While in Mexico, however, Cramer also served as a secret ally of drug lords, according to federal investigators.
If you think individuals like Richard Cramer are a rarity, ask yourself why, with billions of dollars going to eradicate drugs, local/state/federal authorities can only catch 5-10% of the TOTAL drugs that get into the US. Planes, trains, boats, trucks – Richard Cramer isn’t the only weak link in the chain.