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Sunday, April 20, 2014
On Legalizing Heroin
Written on May 16th, 2011
heroin illegal (1) raises its price, causing an increase in violent
crime – and of theft and other illegal means by which such money
can be obtained (such as prostitution, mugging, bank robbery, etc.),
(2) increases rates of blood-borne illnesses arising from infection
due to needle-sharing, exacerbated by the occasional outlawing of
needle purchases without prescriptions, and (3) makes it more
difficult for heroin users to know the potency of their heroin, which
can lead to overdoses.
states realize this, and begin to understand that legalizing heroin
would lower prices, decrease violent crime, reduce infection rates,
and allow government to sell and tax heroin as well as provide
information to consumers about its potency, I say the federal
government should let the states do it. The people will be safer,
healthier, and they will have more money to spend on food and
drugs means less ostracism of drug use, and a better chance that drug
users will be able to afford homes inside which they will be able to
use drugs privately, rather than outdoors where they can endanger the
health of (and be seen using by) others.
only am I willing to defend Congressman Ron Paul's position that
federal laws restricting the use, purchase, sale, and distribution
should be struck down; I am also willing to recommend that state and
local governments strike down similar laws.