Drugs Are Now Legal

Imagine a world where you can choose your brand of cocaine and/or whether to buy from Clicks or Dischem. Imagine a world where Checkers Hyper advertises a sale of your favorite cocaine brand for “half price” on your favorite holiday. Just imagine.

In the space of choice, do you need a different level of courage when it comes to deciding to use cocaine and other hard substances as opposed to the decision to abuse alcohol, drink and drive, smoke cigarettes and have casual unprotected sex? Isn’t it surprising that the same amount of people die from legal prescription drugs as those who abuse hard substances?

Facts available show that the prohibition of drugs neither reduces its use or abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Globally, prohibition costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, yet 40 years and some 100 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade (leapdotcc).

Side Talk: Power of Choice:

South Africa ranks number one in the world when it comes to unique HIV/AIDS infection cases with 5,6m people currently living with the disease. If that figure is bounced against the total population, South Africa drops to number six in the world with 19% of her total population currently infected with the deadly virus. The countries occupying the top 5 positions are 1-Swaziland, 2-Botswana, 3-Lesotho, 4-Zimbabwe and 5-Namibia. Those with basic knowledge of geography can tell that these five countries all share a border with South Africa. Could it be that the AIDS virus is being imported into South Africa? Now although 33% of the entire Botswana population is living with HIV/AIDS, you stand a 50% chance of contracting the virus should you indulge without protection. This is true because 52.3% of pregnant women surveyed last year were HIV positive. South Africa is currently visa free to passport holders from Botswana. There are also no special HIV/AIDS detection machines at South African airports and borders to track HIV/AIDS infected travellers coming into South Africa for a weekend of wild fun and partying. Having unprotected consensual sex is legal, yet the government is committed to spending billions to provide ARVs.

If you compare the +300,000 HIV/AIDS death cases per year in South Africa to the 9000 who die from the direct abuse of hard substance, a better picture is painted. Another case study is the “death by alcohol” syndrome. In South Africa, 2013 statistics show that death by drunk drivers has now increased to nearly 12,000 deaths per year, topping deaths by guns (5000) and sharp instruments (3000) combined. In many of these cases, drunken pedestrians are often the casualties showing that educating people on the power of choice is often a better approach than trying to cure the problems that arise from bad choices.

Legalisation of Drugs

There is evidence that the legalisation of drugs will immediately eliminate the criminal market place. Further, a lot of people die from the use of badly produced drugs. Imagine a world where you can choose your brand of cocaine and/or whether to buy from Clicks or Dischem. Imagine a world where Checkers Hyper advertises a sale of your favorite cocaine brand for “half price” on your favorite holiday. It is true that drugs are addictive but so are legal pain killers – plus there is no evidence that more people would use hard drugs if they were all of a sudden legalised – to prove this, you have to also show evidence that the bulk of the population is currently not using hard drugs because they are illegal.

The legalization of drugs will automatically clamp down on street gangs and the ever-growing money laundering industry. More people will choose to buy a better brand for a cheaper price. Drug packaging will be forced to declare contents and just like alcohol, concentration levels. Top global pharmaceuticals will also jump into the cocaine industry and in turn make it safer for current users to access better produced drugs.

At the end of the day, the power to decide whether to have unprotected sex, drink and drive or use hard substances rests within us. We are the architects of our own destinies and that is why I believe in educating each one on the power of choice and the consequences thereof. I believe that an atmosphere where people have full access to whatever they desire makes it more conducive for those that govern to promote the education of choice. Even God used the same approach in the Garden of Eden.

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