Social costs generated by legalization of hard drugs?

“How does a thoughtful libertarian address the potential issue of high social costs generated by legalization of hard drugs?”

“Update: I see from the initial answers that many of you believe the social costs of hard drug use do not significant exceed the alternative costs when drugs remain illegal. Theoretically then, consider if it was confirmed that legalized hard drug use does lead to significantly higher relative costs.”

Update: ?!! Theoretically then, consider if it was confirmed that legalized hard drug use does lead to significantly higher relative costs.

Quora isn’t a platform for the story you are spinning propaganda as though it were truth AND you should not have changed your original question.

So, since you A2A, I will give you the truth, not something you can snip out, after you again change or remove the question content. Post it in FANTASIES if you want made up stories!!

So, if I were a thoughtful person, other labels unnecessary, and was concerned about the cost of legalizing hard-drugs, first I’d get educated and find out the facts.


First let’s look at the facts about addiction.

The Truth About Drug Addiction

Let’s quit abusing drug users

Published on 19 May 2015

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.

Social Costs

What do some in law enforcement say?

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – Why Legalize Drugs?

We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable – while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could focus more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.

40 Years of Drug War Failure: LEAP’s Neill Franklin

Uploaded on 17 Jun 2011

On June 17, 1971 President Richard Nixon launched the modern-day drug war, an effort perpetuated by every one of his successors.

As the reform group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) documents in a new comprehensive study, the drug war has destroyed lives and property, shredded the constitution, and distorted American education, health care, and even foreign policy. That’s why, notes LEAP, fully 75 percent of Americans and 69 percent of police chiefs agree that the drug war has failed.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie talked with LEAP’s Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major in the Maryland State Police. As Franklin explains, he was one of the most bellicose drug warriors around until a comrade was killed during an undercover operation. The best way, argues Franklin, we can pay tribute to his fallen friend – and all the other people whose lives have been laid waste by a war on drugs that has caused far more bad than good – is to turn away from prohibition and embrace regulation and control similar to that used for alcohol.

And can you imagine?!

What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? Wouldn’t the savings be trillions?! I deleted that documentary I’d put here since you didn’t ask about cannabis which is part of the “War of Drugs” so sticking to “hard-drugs”, excluding the most dangerous ones, those you get from your doctor.

I reported this question to Quora moderation btw

Isn’t it time to stop destroying lives and futures, for no good reason?


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