Ben Carson wants to intensify the war on drugs. You’ve got to be kidding me.
The federal government has spent over a TRILLION DOLLARS on the drug war thus far. We have nothing to show for it. Kulinski goes on to point out that the fact drugs are still illegal is the main issue. In Portugal, which has decriminalized drugs, has seen a decreased rate in drug use, drug abuse and a lower crime rate. Colorado is another great example where marijuana is now legal.
Who is Ben Carson?
Ben Carson is a 2016 Presidential candidate who is a talented doctor and scientist who has been in practice for many, many years. Dr. Carson holds 67 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of many medical and scientific organizations. He is obviously a well-educated, very intelligent person. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he has the right views on the war on drugs.
In an interview with Glenn Beck, he is asked “Do you continue the war on drugs”, where Carson responds, “Absolutely, I intensify it”. He goes on to blame the federal government for not patrolling the “open highways” along states that border other countries. Well if it was that easy, don’t you think we would have won this damn war already?
This type of statement is probably what a lot of Americans want to hear from a presidential candidate. Hell yeah, I want to live in a safer country! But, is this really the answer? Will doubling down on drug prohibition really win the war on drugs? Read on to find out…
The Kyle Kulinski Show delves deeper into this conversation, and brings up some very interesting points (scroll down to watch the video).
“There has been a plethora of positive results, not to mention the revenue to the state.” Kyle Kulinski commenting on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Everyone knows prohibition doesn’t work
Remember the 1920s? Yeah, neither do we… BUT, you’ve heard about what happened when the US made alcohol illegal during the Prohibition. The black market thrived and the mob basically ran the country. This is what is happening today while drugs continue to be illegal.
Another issue that occurred both in the prohibition as well as with drugs today, is the “bad batches” that are made when the people take shortcuts while making drugs. This wouldn’t happen far as often as it does if the government regulated drugs.
Now we aren’t saying if ALL drugs were legal we would have no issues, or that all drugs should be legalized. There is a difference between legalization and decriminalization. The Economist explains it as,
“Decriminalization does not mean that people can use drugs with impunity. Instead it means that possessing small amounts no longer lands the perpetrator with a criminal record or a jail sentence”.
This would save the government money by not having thousands of people in jail for a pity weed possession charge.
“If you legalize it, regulate it and tax it, the evidence shows that everything improves, and not only that, we have this added aspect of added freedom”. Kulinski ends the video with.
But enough from us, check out the video yourself to see the great points Kyle Kulinski has to say on the topic.