Pubdate: Sun, 07 Aug 2016
Source: Star-News (Wilmington, NC)
Copyright: 2016 Wilmington Morning Star
Author: Roger Mason


Are you tired of hearing about the "opioid epidemic" ? Me too!

As long as we have a "war on drugs"  and draconian drug laws, we will 
continue to have drug epidemics. The answer is as simple as it is 
shocking to most people...legalize all drugs for all adults.

Anyone who commits any crime while under the influence of any drug 
(including alcohol) would get doubled penalties. People might not 
realize all drugs were legal in America for 137 years until the 
nefarious and evil Harrison Narcotics Act.

Recently, on a cruise to Mexico, I saw the pharmacies were freely 
selling opiates (e.g oxycodone) without a prescription for $15. There 
were no lines to get in the door. Quite the contrary...sales were 
few, as people were bored with opiates.

Every country that has legalized personal possession of drugs has 
seen drug use fall. Did you know America has 5 percent of the world's 
population, but 25 percent of the prison inmates? At least a third 
are for drug offenses.

Legalize drugs and every drug dealer, every drug gang and cartel go 
out of business the same day. Drug use would fall, not rise with no 
more forbidden allure and all the rest of the nonsense.

Roger Mason, Belville
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