Selling or possessing drugs would be legal and regulated much as alcohol and prescription drugs are now. This would solve the problems associated with the underground market. Purity and dosage would be assured reducing deaths due to overdose. Drug dealers would not be shooting each other over turf wars. Taxes imposed on drugs and alcohol would be earmarked to fund substantial drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services. Drug and alcohol treatment would be available on demand.
All criminals would be tested for drugs upon conviction. Those testing positive would be placed under the jurisdiction of a drug court upon completion of their regular sentence.
Driving is a privilege which does not mix with drug or alcohol use. I would test all drivers involved in accidents and revoke driving privileges of offenders. Driving privileges could only be restored through the drug court's supervision. Missing a drug court meeting would result in immediate loss of driving privileges.
I realize that there is a certain hypocrisy in making it legal to sell and possess that which is illegal to use. But consider guns which can kill people, or cars which can go 120 mph. this would not be the first hypocrisy in American jurisprudence.
We don't need to have hundreds of thousands of people in prison
because of drug problems. The cure is more harmful than the disease. Which
is not to say that the disease should remain untreated. I think making
drug use less criminal, while legalizing drug possession and sale, and
introducing the extensive use of drug and alcohol courts would go a long
way toward making our society a better place to live.
You say that this would attract guns smuggled in to this country to collect the refund. Well that would be OK with me. We have been the arms merchant to the world for too long. The world could us less guns too.
You say the real criminals would still have guns. Of course. They will have guns no matter what the policy. The idea here is to keep them out of the hands of kids and people in the throes of anger. making harder and more expensive to get a gun would give someone a chance think twice about what they were doing.
I believe that raising the price of all guns and providing a means to
eliminate guns which are left unsecured would substantially reduce the
availability of guns to angry twelve year olds, or angry spouses, or anyone
else who might use a gun just because it was there.
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