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Politicians Should Be Hot For Legalizing Drugs

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President Nixon thought it was a good idea to start a War on Drugs.

Like nearly all the other Nixonian era policies, this one has also turned out to be a colossal and grievous mistake.

It’s time to cut our losses, take the opportunity to raise billions of dollars of taxes, and cut billions of dollars of totally wasteful government spending.

With all that new found money, the politicians can finance other far more important items in their respective federal and state’s budgets that generate lots of votes and vast amounts of campaign contributions.

In fact, the younger voters who will in the future determine the success of elections are predominately in favor of legalization.

Drug legalization would benefit every American whose personal liberties have been devastated as a consequence of this four decade long trillion dollar War on Drugs farce.

I understand that people will be peeved because some of their favorite SWAT shows on television may no longer be on. I must admit it is an interesting spectacle to see a couple of armored police tanks loaded with military armed guys descend on a dingy house to arrest some poor souls for selling a nickel bag or two.

But let’s face it, the drug police never got around to arresting anybody really up the food chain.

I mean, if the illegal drug trade really generated the billions upon billions of dollars of unlawful (and untaxed) revenue, then why aren’t the guys at the banks being arrested?

Is someone trying to tell us that the guys on Wall Street don’t know who is depositing billions of dollars in their accounts?

Maybe it is true that no politician in Washington, D.C. or member of the Administration, or judiciary ever blows a little weed.

On the other hand, legalizing drugs and taxing them makes a lot of sense for certain very important special interest groups.

Tax professionals, for example, will have a whole new industry to represent which will have enormous amounts of cash to spend on fees.

Trial lawyers and legions of consultants will have a field day arguing over federal and state regulatory matters, copyrights, and patents, unfair trade practices, and anti-trust.

I can just imagine the spectacle of new class action lawsuits claiming that some product has too much or too little of the cannabinoids. No doubt whistleblowers will better at rooting out those who are not playing nice while receiving a tidy reward for being a snitch.

On the issue of legalizing drugs, this is one of the rare occasions where it’s a win for the politicians and a win for the public.

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President Nixon thought it was a good idea to start a War on Drugs. Like nearly all the other Nixonian era policies, this one has also turned out to be a colossal and grievous mistake.
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