Time to end the war on drugs

Richard Branson takes a look at Portugal’s decade-long experiment of drug decriminilization:

“In 2001 Portugal became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.”

.   .   .

“Following decriminalization, Portugal has the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the EU: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%, Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana. “

This does not even touch on the principle of self-ownership, which means that nobody – including the government – has the right to permit/deny me putting whatever I choose into my body, from food to medicines and drugs.

The flip side of this whole war on drugs – and one which I never hear mentioned, but which has real life-altering implications on actual flesh-and-blood human beings – is that of the legality of use of medical drugs which governments seem to think they also have the right to regulate.

In Canada, where the government pays for drugs of senior citizens, the government intentionally drags its feet approvinglife-saving medications: it costs the government less per pill and the treatment is considerably shorter!  It’s all about incentives…



One Response to “Time to end the war on drugs”

  1. Winghunter Says:

    Your liberty of what you put in your body stops at the point your influenced behavior endangers others liberty to remain safe from your actions (Intentional or not). Therefore, since over 95% of all crime is committed by criminals under the influence for whatever mindnumbingly stupid reasons and no one can sanely guarantee what they will do under the influence of those powerful (and known suicidal substances) then, no one may abuse them in America.

    However, if alcohol is not enough for you, you may exercise your right to move to Portugal (or anywhere else) anytime your little heart desires as that does not adversely affect the liberty and safety of Americans.

    Are we catching on yet!?

    Xanthippa says:


    Sounds like somebody here is a little slow on the uptake…

    There are several valid ways to approach this subject in a principled manner, but I am not certain which one might be the most easily simplified so that you might, perhaps, hope understand it. I suspect that any ‘principles’ based argument will be lost on you…

    Let’s start with reading: had you read the linked article this post was about?

    It points to actual data that once drug prohibition was done away with in Portugal, it lowered the use of drugs and the criminality associated with it.

    This is precisely the same experience from the United States regarding alsohol prohibition: once alcohol was banned, its use almost trippled and the illegal alcohol trade built the backbone of the organized crime in America, much the way drug prohibition funds the organized crime now.

    To reiterate: banning drugs/alcohol/anything else does not work but only makes it more desirable while at the same time funding the criminal elements within a society.

    So, if you want safer streets and reduced crimes, you should work against all forms of prohibition.

    Are we catching on yet?

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