one thinks we want children to have easier access to narcotics, of course
not. We care deeply about the welfare of kids.
one thinks we want to see a "nation of zombies", please think
have been accused of wanting to see inner cities and minorities destroyed.
We say this has already happened with the drug civil war. The war is
not really against drugs; it is against people.
advocates bringing drugs under legal control.
That is what we mean by legalization.
prohibition is presumed to control the production, distribution, sale,
possession, and use of substances society has deemed dangerous. Prohibition
does not work. With prohibition, all control is lost to the black market.
Global, billion-dollar dangerous criminal industries control the cocaine,
opium, heroin, and marijuana businesses. Prohibition is their necessary
fuel. These industries did not exist before the drug war and will disappear
when it ends.
are many substances, subject to potential abuse, presently controlled
through the law by the medical profession. This would include morphine,
valium, and the like. They are more difficult for anyone to obtain than
marijuana, heroin, or cocaine.
drugs are legal for personal use by adults, tobacco and alcohol. Everyone
knows tobacco use has adverse health consequences. For too many decades,
these effects were not taken seriously. If the truth had been accepted
from the beginning, the scenario would be different.
has been glamorized, as has tobacco. Our culture has viewed staggering
drunks as amusing, and has tolerated heavy drinking. Alcohol abuse causes
serious health and social problems. It is frequently connected with
domestic abuse and violent behavior. Alcohol use, however, does not.
Doctors say a drink or two every day is not harmful, and can even be
healthful for an adult. Wine or beer with meals is the norm in may cultures,
even for children. Societies that do not make a big deal of moderate
alcohol use have far lower rates of alcoholism.
prohibition made alcohol illegal, problems were much worse. Sure, a
lot of people complied with the law and did not drink. But those who
did not wish to comply adopted dangerous practices. There were illegal
drinking clubs called "speak-easys"; where people were encouraged
to get drunk. People made "bathtub gin" at home, which sometimes
caused blindness or death. Cocktails were invented to mask the taste
of the harsh alcohol that was available and made it easier to drink
worst thing was that a dangerous criminal empire developed around alcohol.
Black markets always provide great profits. Street violence increased
dramatically. Prisons were overcrowded and violent criminals were often
released to make room for prohibition violators.
prohibition lasted only 13 years because these symptoms of failure were
so obvious to Americans. The drug war has been much more effective in
confusing people and blurring the issues. It has truly bamboozled otherwise
intelligent folks with fear. It has made drugs seem worse than they
are, so people are willing to sink more money into the failed policies.
Billions of dollars and lives have been wasted with misery, hysteria,
intolerance, and violence the results. We have been bamboozled!!
wants to bring marijuana, heroin, and cocaine under control. The only
way to do that is to bring them under the law, not to exclude them from
of school children always show that marijuana is much more easily obtained
than beer. Street dealers do not ask for I.D., package store owners
are subject to the loss of their businesses for selling to minors.
in these contexts, Efficacy is a drug legalization advocacy organization.