Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana to cut down on Drug Violence and Hard Drug Use

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 23rd, 2012

Week in Review

Drug addiction ruins lives.  We’ve lost a lot of celebrities from their escalating use of drugs.  People have lost their careers.  Ruined their families.  And now there is a new drug that makes people psychotic and makes them want to eat human flesh.  Bath salts.  Nothing good comes from entering the world of drugs.  So criminalizing drugs has a lot of merit.  But there’s also something to say about decriminalizing drugs (see Uruguay government aims to legalise marijuana posted 6/21/2012 on BBC News Latin America & Caribbean).

Uruguay has unveiled a plan to allow state-controlled sales of marijuana to fight a rise in drug-related crime.

Under the bill, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana to adults registered on a database.

Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said this was part of a plan to remove profits from drug dealers and divert users from harder drugs.

He said that the recent increase in murder rates was a clear symptom of a rise in drug trafficking crimes…

The authorities blame the rise in crime in Uruguay on hard drugs, specifically crack cocaine.

Uruguay is looking at the lesser of two evils.  The crime is getting so bad that they are willing to risk the drug addiction.  Hoping people will use marijuana and not move on to harder drugs.  As they currently are.  Which is a risk.  Because people rarely start with crack cocaine.  They start out with something less potent.  Like marijuana.  And then move on to something harder after marijuana bores them.  So this policy could backfire on them.  Unless they have plans to decriminalize crack cocaine, too.

Should America follow suit?  It probably would make life easier in Mexico.  Cut down on some of their drug violence.  Thanks to all those Americans using illegal drugs.  But all those Americans smoking marijuana?  I just don’t see how those on the Left will reconcile that with their attacks on Big Tobacco.  For either smoking is bad for your health.  Or it isn’t.

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