All around the world people are taking drugs, copious amounts of them.
Even though they’re illegal, people keep getting their hands on them with comparative ease.
It’s as if they enjoy getting wasted contrary to the current alcohol driven socially approved inebriation methods.
Somehow the State expects us to love either drinking or a life of sobriety, and nothing in between.
What about other drugs like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine?
A lot of people like these products immensely, and are willing to pay top dollar to get them.
And the sheer scope of imports that come through our ports essentially unchecked mean that there is a ready made international outfit to supply it.
It’s the multi billion shadow industry that is in every city, every suburb, every town and every street.
It’s a good bet that someone you know is high as a kite as you read this.
But despite the saturation of society with illicit drugs, the law abiding nature of the vast majority of users, and the sheer cost of policing it has been, our governments persist with the increasingly shaky notion that drugs are a law and order issue to be dealt with by punishment.
Dealers and addicts cram our prisons, as do petty criminals caught feeding their habit.
When is society going to realise, it’s not a crime to get high?
In fact, the main people who stand to gain from the continued illegality of these products are the criminals, the police and the courts.
It’s a troika of self interested players, each feeding their own industry.
The continued outlawing of drugs let’s the drug cartels cut their product as well as keep prices high, the police to remain employed and the judges get paid in gold.
Because, let’s not forget that behind every member of the judiciary is a little despot who has the power to lock people away for good.
It’s not justice, it’s an industry.
It’s big business from the government to the prison contractor.
People are being overcharged for their product, treated like criminals and locked away, all so this cosily convenient arrangement can persist on indefinitely.
In this land of the free, you should be free to get high.
It should be an inalienable right.
And if, like alcoholics with alcohol, some people develop a drug habit, then it should be treated as a health issue, not another law and order picnic.
The police have failed to stop the drugs and the prisons will never lock all the addicts and dealers up, but the government persists despite all the evidence before them suggesting a complete change of approach might work best.
It’s time to take drugs out of the fumbling hands of international cartels, corrupted authorities and an authoritarian regime.
There’s been about enough of this self defeating righteousness that dictates why drugs are illegal at all.
Let’s decriminalise all substances, tax them, and give them to the healthcare professionals to control and dispense.
Because police aren’t doctors, and addicts are not criminals.
This is a health issue, plain and simple.
This public policy failure needs fixing, the war on drugs is over – we all lost.