Drug courts should be a funding priority

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  • Mary Phillips
    Feb. 27, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Here's a guy who wants to give the penal system a boost. More funds for courts, more money for enforcement is just money down the toilet. It won't do anything about the problem, but it will certainly make this industry grow.

    Just, for a moment, think what legalization of drugs would do to the criminal element operating around the world? It would shut it down. Money and profits are the driving force behind the illegal drug industry. Take away the profits and the growers, manufacturers, and dealers go away.

    A secondary benefit would be less non-violent offenders being incarcerated at taxpayer expense thus lowering costs.

    A third benefit would be to countries like Mexico and Columbia caught up in violent drug wars. And it would put the kabosh to funding of terrorist groups in Afganistan who derive their income from opium production.

    People keep wanting to imprision everyone but the people making the money. Make it all legal and the big money disappears.

    Treat it like it really is, a medical problem, and make some real change for improvement.

  • uncannygunman
    Feb. 26, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    I'm a big fan of letting people do what they want with their own bodies, but if we're going to punish drug users this sounds like a lot better way to do it than criminal prosecution.