A Great Article in the Harvard Crimson

Jeffrey Miron, a professor at Harvard University, wrote this excellent op-ed in the school’s newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. While I encourage a thorough reading of the arguments he lays forth, as well as sharing the article among those on the fence about legalization and those who oppose it, anyone who reads cannabis legalization op-eds is sure to be treading familiar water. I would, however, like to quote a commenter by the name of MalcomKyle (in fact, I encourage reading all the comments in this and any other related article, as well as participating in the discussions. We need to show that we are a large force, and that we have truth and compassion on our side):

If you support prohibition then you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

If you support prohibition you’ve a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

Says it kind of well to the misguided drug warriors, don’t you think?

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