Ok, before you become outraged and such, let me explain. Many of you have heard of/seen HBO’S hit show The Wire.
Well on the third season, major Bunny Colvin designated three areas of his district where drug dealers could sell drugs and drug addicts could buy. The only rules were you had to stay in those areas and no violence. He noticed a tremendous change in the other neighborhoods where drugs and violence had mostly occurred. This improved the quality of life of other Baltimore residents who were not involved in “the game” as they call it. In addition to this, he allowed various health department organizations to come and provide clean needles, HIV testing etc.
Now this got me thinking. What would our inner city neighborhoods be like if all drugs were legalized? Would it be as much violence? Probably would, but I can honestly say I think there will be a decrease in drug related violence. It wouldn’t be a need to fight over where to sell drugs if you can avoid the police all over. Of course there will probably be limitations and such just like with marijuana and like Bunny Colvin had with “Hamsterdam.”
Now I’m not suggesting that it becomes a free for all. This isn’t The Purge.
It would have to be in a controlled environment and with it’s own laws.
In the 1920’s, there was a lot of gang activity and violence surrounding the purchase of alcohol. In 1933 they made it legal. In my personal opinion Alcohol has just as many harmful effects as other drugs if overused.
One that I am completely sure of is that there will be definitely be a decrease of black men in jail.
Check out this bit of information I got from the NAACP Website :
Drug Sentencing Disparities
• About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
• 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
• African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
• African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project)
With this information, I am convinced that if drugs were legal that these stats would change.
What a drug addict needs is rehabilitation not prison.