Originally Posted by Safety1st
We already have the country's largest prison population. The prison industrial complex doesn't need any more money. It needs less inmates. Legalize drugs, don't imprison people for victimless crimes and voila, prison problem solved.
Unfortunately though, drug users lose their heads and commit other crimes. Some to buy or obtain more drugs that they can't afford, and some because the drugs start having a more profound effect on their brains after repeated or increased use. Increasing access by legalization will result in an increase in crime, although not for possession, but worse crimes, in the near future, and probably would end up dwarfing those possession convicts.....the victimless ones you refer to. Keeping drugs from the wrong hands is as important as keeping guns from the wrong hands, with the exception that guns do not inherently make changes in peoples' brain chemistry