If someone wants to use and potentially harm themselves with a drug, let them.
If someone wants to criminalize a drug so that a black market, a cartel, or a gang can flourish, stop them.
Would you rather someone buy a bag of pure heroin in a store for $5, take it home and do it knowing exactly what they’re taking or would you rather them buy something that’s probably laced for $50 on the street and fund the cartels and street gangs while doing so? Because right now, our inaction is choosing that second one every single day. Every life lost, could have been avoided. We saw this 90 years ago with alcohol and mobsters. Newsflash, prohibition doesn’t work.
Two of the last four presidents have admitted their drug use. One claimed he didn’t inhale and the other might currently be on something ephedrine based, according to the contents of his desk.
Children and innocent bystanders are dying every day because of how lucrative the black market from the drug trade is. Theft is higher than it would be because drugs that could cost $1 a gram, cost $100 instead. Families are torn apart and lives are ruined because of prison sentences and criminal convictions that never go away. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its incarcerated population. Are we really that evil?
So what are we doing? Who are we protecting? Is it the addict that needs his fix but has to make do with the fentanyl-laced junk on the street? Is it the child that got hit with a stray bullet from a gang member's pistol? The families who have lost fathers and providers to incarceration? Or are we protecting gangs, cartels, and prison owners?