Well legalization of cannabis is a start. Now when are you going to finish the job and and legalize the rest also? Legalizing just cannabis won’t do squat to end the criminal cartels. They prefer to deal in drugs like cocaine and heroin anyway because there is more money to be made off of much smaller packages. The hard drugs are far easier to import illegally that is cannabis.
In addition, keeping the other drugs illegal still creates a black market albeit a far more dangerous black market. This can be seen as the feds cracked down on prescription opioids as a knee jerk reaction to the opioid “crisis”. (Hint:The opioid crisis is merely a symptom of a much deeper problem and that problem is poverty , unemployment, poor wages, economic inequality, lack of adequate child care, lack of adequate healthcare, food insecurity, homelessness, crumbling infrastructure, and poisoned drinking water, racism, sexual inequality, and militarized police to keep everyone inter place.) When the law cracked down on prescription opioids heroin use and fentanyl use exploded and continues to do so to present. Now tell me, is a person better off and safer using a prescription opioid where the strength and purity are known and doing so under doctor’s supervision or are they safer using a street drug with unknown strength, dosage, and purity? Furtherby by cracking down on prescription opioids they are giving the cartels a big shot in the arm. I’ve never used street opioid but I have heard its cheaper to get a day’s supply of heroin that it is a twelve pack of beer. The bottom line folks is we should legalize and regulate ALL currently illegal drugs. How much we regulate them is up for debate but of course again, with too much regulation a black market will return. All of you out there who say “oh, but what about the children?” Drug dealers don’t card. I remember when I was in high school or even Jr. High I could score anything I wanted within the 10 minute break between classes. It’s time for everyone to face the facts. No amount of law enforcement effort is going stop stop people from using whatever drug they choose. So why not legalize all currently illegal drugs, regulate them for safety and purity and tax them. The tax revenue plus the savings realized from taking all of those cops currently enforcing drug laws and placing them in an area like white collar crime and corruption would create a huge pool of funds that could be used for addiction treatment, safe injection sites, education, or whatever the fuck they want. The cartels would be wiped out overnight, property crime would decrease, and if things go as they have in Portugal, Vancouver, the Netherlands, and Switzerland where all drugs have been legalized (not decriminalized…that’s not the same thing) addiction rates would drop significantly as well. Maybe not immediately but within a short time after legalization they will find addiction rates dropping rather than as they would expect increasing. Anybody interested in reading an excellent book on this subject I highly recommend “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari. It’s an outstanding look The War on rugs and how and why it has failed so miserably.