Jeffrey Miron: Legalize Drugs

“Prohibition is the trigger of crime”

“Prohibition is the trigger of crime”  (“The Man with the Golden Gun”, Ian Fleming).

From Raw Story:”Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron believes that LEGALIZING all drugs, not just marijuana, is the only way to ELIMINATE drug-related violence.
Miron argued during an appearance Monday on CNN, “Prohibition … hasn’t PREVENTED kids from getting access to heroin, including very, very cheap heroin. … At the same time, we’re GETTING all the ancillary costs of drug prohibition, such as the violence in Mexico that spills over into the United States.””Some people will misuse drugs even if it’s legal,” Miron acknowledged, “but the MAGNITUDE of negative things would be vastly reduced.”
However, former DEA agent Bob Stutman believes that legalizing drugs would lead to a VAST increase in addiction, although he agrees with Miron that “the present system certainly is BROKEN and needs fixing.”Stutman, who has been described as “the most famous narc in America” by New York Magazine, told CNN — with a few false starts — “Drugs are bad … Drugs are not illegal … Drugs are not bad because they’re illegal. Drugs are legal — illegal, because they are bad.” 
“The one change we don’t need to make is give any drug to any person at any age who wants it for any reason,” he insisted, warning that “the United States cannot afford to end up with about — best estimate — about fifty million drug addicts and alcoholics running around this country with us supporting them.”

Miron responded by INSISTING that there is “not a shred of evidence” to suggest there would be a huge increase in addiction as suggested by Stutman and that “there is aboslutely NO correlation between use rates and whether these drugs are prohibited.”

EMPHASIS MINE

SEE: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Harvard_economist_Legalize_drugs_to_reduce_0413.html

“Prohibition is the trigger of crime”

Progress at last

From Alternet, five progressive moves from the administration that Fox Noise, etc., might have missed.

Infrastructure:

o 9.3 Billion for high speed rail

o 7 Billion for Broadband

Establishment clause:

o redoing of  ‘faith based’ initiatives

Drug enforcement:

o New czar in town – has reform as agenda

Arms Control

o Sent Kissenger to Moscow to negotiate.

Thanks, see:

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/127848/?page=1