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Re-legalize drugs. An argument by Kevin O'Keeffe
by Kevin O'Keeffe
Okay, here's the deal. The crimes "caused" by people's drug use are
irrelevant, because the ingestion of a pharmaceutical substance does not
"cause" anyone to do anything. We all have free will and we all make our
own choices in life. Some people do drugs and commit crimes, some people
do drugs and obey the law, some people stay sober and commit crimes. Since
there is no absolute correleation betweem drug use and crime (other than a
general statistical one), banning drugs in order to limit crime in society
is no different than gun control or banning the postal service in order to
prevent mail fraud.
The fact is, most drug-related crimes are committed for economic reasons,
i.e. in order to get money for outrageously priced illegal drugs. If drugs
were legalized, the prices could come way down, thus seriously reducing
crime in America. The small number of drug-related crimes which are
committed due to some irresponsible intoxicated person losing control
could just as easily happen due to alcohol consumption. So, the first
reason to ban drugs, in order to lessen crime, has just been savagely
The other reason, because it is unhealthy for us, is just as irrelevant.
These are our bodies and we have an inherent natural right to govern them
in the manner which we choose. If we wish to commit suicide, either
through excessive alcohol consumption, excessive cocaine ingestion or by
shooting one's self in the head, that is our business and not that of any
maternalistic and petty regime that has determined it has the right to
dictate what we may or may not choose to ingest.
The 10th amendment of the U.S. constitution states that "the powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it
to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, OR TO THE PEOPLE,"
while the 9th amendment of the U.S. constitution states "the enumeration
in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or
disparage others retained by the people." In light of these two
amendments, it seems quite clear to me that the federal government has
ZERO business to be involved in banning drugs. Whether the state
government has any business is more questionable, but here in California,
our state constitution contains a specific clause which gives us a "right
to privacy." Therefore, here in California, any "law" which attempts to
deny to residents of this state the right to ingest the recreational
pharmaceutical of their choice is illegal.
Sincerely, Citizen O'Keeffe
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