KILL THE DRUG TRADE©
Ending the war on drugs in a System of Toleration of
Responsible Drug Use with Controls to Prevent Child Access
Chapter 1: An Idea Whose Time Is Now
The clarion call for change
The idea whose time is now
The prominent myths
Myth: drug s are used mostly in poor, minority and crime-ridden neighborhoods
Myth: drugs are the cause addiction
Myth: addiction is a disease of the brain
Myth: drug use is by definition irrational and irresponsible
Myth: drugs cause drug users to do terrible things to other people
Myth: liberalizing of drug laws will promote far more use.
Myth: addiction is for life
More confusion in the federal scheduling scheme
What is drug abuse? Defining the terms
CHAPTER 2: The War on Drugs and Its Devastating Consequences
Washington gets it wrong, again and again.
Addiction is highly resistant to threats of punishment.
Violent consequences outside our borders of U.S. demand for drugs
The harms of imprisonment far outweigh the gains
The by-product of violence in the U.S.
The global supply and corruption created by drug demand in North America
Chapter 3: Harm Reduction Policies Are Not Enough
The beginnings of “harm reduction”
Harm reduction policies fall short of the needs.
Drug courts: admirable, but limited, success
Adult use and addiction begin in childhood
Chapter 4: Why Not Just Legalize Drugs for Adults: Pros and Cons
Decriminalization: the incoherent compromise
The Civil Liberties Argument
Legalization would reduce crime
Legalizing drug use would correctly treat it as a health issue
Prohibition of drug use is ineffective and unjust
Drug use prohibition has a disparate impact on minorities
Drug use prohibition discourages drug use
All we need is more treatment and prevention
De-stigmatizing drug use will encourage more of it, especially among adolescents
The need of drug users for more and better information
Chapter 5: Call in the Economists
How better, quicker, cheaper would destroy the illegal drug trade.
Expect early resistance to change
Rational and irrational use of drugs
Perspective on the extent of drug use and addiction
Assessing the costs of the war on drugs
Costs in human capital
The financial costs
Indirect burdens on the national economy
High quality jobs in large numbers.
Chapter 6: Clearing Out the Biases and Other Mental Cobwebs
Availability bias promotes acceptance of current punishment policies
Overcoming bias with a focus on essential interests
The problem of cognitive dissonance or “double-think”
The morality basis for current policy
The “burden on society” rational for prohibition
The system proposed is neither liberal nor conservative, but dynamistic in nature
The system and creative destruction
Chapter 7: How Treatment and Prevention are Better Promoted
The nature of addiction and its implications for treatment
Is the System Subject to the Charge of “Enabling” the Addict?
Amplifying the role of public health in the System
Variation in neighborhood experience shows effect of drug profit destruction
Accomplishing goals of law enforcement by killing the illicit drug trade
Prevention of addiction has not yielded to government spending
Chapter 8: From Drag on the Economy to Dynamic Catalyst – The Details
What we want in the new system
The essential details of the System
NEW CLIENT INTAKE
POLICY OF NO TREATMENT COERCION
PROFIT TAXATION AND DISTRIBUTION
Optional functions for operating entity
1. Prevention efforts
2. Operation of community health centers
3. Screening services for the courts
4. Subsidizing client treatment
5. Proprietary marijuana clubs
Chapter 9: The Operating Organization
The legal entity
The enterprise district form has some especially attractive features.
Thinking about profit and loss in a System operation
Other potential revenue sources
CHAPTER 10: Promoting Health and Safety in Our Communities
Better health in our communities
Reduce risky behaviors (sex, needle exchange, prostitution)
Avoid toxic additives and impurities in drugs used
Increasing number of addicts in treatment and recovery
Learning through experience and data collection
Security in our communities
Accomplishing goals of law enforcement through drug profit destruction.
CHAPTER 11: Marijuana Included in the System
Inclusion in the System is a state by state determination
Marijuana use on the rise among young people
Opposition in the U.S. to legalizing pot
Higher strength marijuana poses increased risks
Principled arguments in favor of legalizing pot
Marijuana should be included within the Bold Plan program
CHAPTER 12: Constitutional Weakness of the Federal Drug Laws and the Value of State Experimentation
The Separation of Powers
Cruel and unusual punishment issues should be considered.
Allowing the States to Find the Best Way
Only highly qualified companies need apply.
Federal registration of operating entities
Protection of participant’s confidentiality
State Laws and Business Plans
State Laws and Business Plans
CHAPTER 13: This System Can’t Actually Work … Can It?
It’s unthinkable to allow legitimate pharmaceutical companies to make dangerous drugs
No hard core drug user is going to submit to counseling and monitoring
The system could not handle the use by prostitute addicts during the nighttime hours
What? You would do business with known prostitutes?
It is hypocritical to control everything but alcohol
Users’ fear of loss of confidentiality
Venture capital will shy from a self-defeating business plan.
Using in one’s home maintains the problem of “cues”.
Concern for jobs and profits in the treating industry will engender resistance
Efforts will be made by the cartels and gangs to interfere.
No criminal sanction means more drug use and social acceptance of it.
Opposition by prison guard unions.
Children will always be able to get marijuana
Children will get drugs from relatives and young adult friends.
This system aligns the operator’s profit motive with increased drug use and addiction
CHAPTER 14: Summation
The war on drugs produces more crime not less.
The laws against drugs are impotent against drug dealing and use
Our laws against drugs engender racial tensions.
We are waging an inhumane war against ourselves.
By ending the war on drugs with the System proposed we can achieve many purposes.
We should entertain hopeful but realistic expectations for the System.
The System is a concrete, coherent and practical route to responsible adult drug use.