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Friedman, An Open Letter…
• Criminalization creates more harm than good
• The drug war cannot be won without sacrificing liberty and freedom
• Illegality is the source of many of the harms of drug use
The Drug War Isn’t Working – What should we do?
• Bennett and others advocate more police, more jails, increased use of military
operations in foreign countries, and harsher penalties for users
• Even if these actions would work, what are the costs of these actions?
Does Decriminalization Mean that Drugs are Good?
• No – we can decriminalize drug use, regulate and tax drugs without admitting that
drug use is good
• Compare this to alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and other “sins”
• Why not allow individuals to decide whether or not to use these substances
Illegality Creates Harm
• Illegality requires that demand be met through repressed and illegal channels
• It creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of drug lords
• It leads to the corruption of law enforcement
• It creates an optimum environment for narco-terrorism
Legalization Would Reduce Harm
• It would free up law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes
• It would make the invention of cheaper, more harmful drugs unnecessary
• It would reduce the prison population
• It would cause a decrease in crime
Bennett, Response to Friedman
• It is true that the war on drugs is costly, but the costs are worth it
• Drug use is wrong and the government has a responsibility to create laws that
educate citizens about what is right and wrong
About the Costs…
• The legalization arguments is based on the claim that fighting a war on drugs is
too costly, but the costs of not fighting the war are higher
o Increased number of users and addicts
o Lost of productivity
o Rising health costs
o Increased number of overdoses, accidents, and premature deaths ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course PHI 2100 taught by Professor Mikepatterson during the Spring '12 term at FSU.
- Spring '12