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Ending the war on drugs in a System of Toleration of

Responsible Drug Use with Controls to Prevent Child Access




Chapter 1:   A dynamic idea with power and impact

The dynamic idea

Fact checking popular assumptions

  1. Drug users include, equally, all economic and racial groups.
  2. The cause of addiction is not what you think.
  3. Using drugs for many is a rational decision and they do it responsibly.
  4. The association of drugs with crime is no reason to reject a use tolerant system
  5. Tolerating adult drug use will not produce more of it.
  6. Addiction is treatable and can be resolved, usually by one’s early thirties
  7. Addicts can live productive lives.

The federal drug scheduling scheme

Pursuing prohibition, we lose the benefit of federalism.

CHAPTER 2: The Devastation We Live With


Earnest origins

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 death and disease by-products of prohibition

The global supply and corruption created by drug demand in North America

Chapter 3: Harm Reduction Measures Offer Some Help, but….

Progress to date in “harm reduction,” promising but limited

Drug courts help to reduce harms, but impact too few.


Chapter 4: Why Not Just Legalize Drugs for Adults: Pros and Cons

Decriminalization: the incoherent compromise

The Portuguese solution


The Civil Liberties argument

Legalization would reduce crime

Legalizing drug use would allow us to correctly treat it as a health issue

Prohibition of drug use is ineffective and unjust

Drug use prohibition has a disparate impact on minorities


We need controls to protect against use by adolescents

Prohibition discourages drug use

All we need is more treatment and prevention

Drug use is immoral and de-stigmatizing it will encourage more of it, especially among the young.

The System Proposed Satisfies Both Positions.

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 and gradual acceptance

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: How Biases Clog Minds and Obstruct Policy Dynamism


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 mistaken morality basis for current policy

The “burden on society” rational for prohibition

The system proposed is neither liberal nor conservative

The System and creative destruction

Chapter 7: Reducing Addiction through Prevention and Recovery


Addiction Prevention

System control mechanisms both reduce and help prevent addiction

Addiction Recovery

The nature of addiction and its implications for recovery

The System promotes the pathway recovery

The System does not “enable” addiction



Chapter 8: The System In Focus: a Dynamic Program


The essential details of the System

Dispensary Operations

Drug Delivery


Legal Entity

New Client Intake

Client Contract

Client Payments

Data Management


No Coercion Toward Treatment

Client Privacy

Liability Waiver

Optional functions for the operating entity

  1. Assisting health officials
  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: Benefits to Community Health and Safety

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:   Including Marijuana? Maybe.


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


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

CHAPTER 13: This System Can’t Actually Work … Can It?

It’s unthinkable to allow legitimate pharmaceutical companies to make dangerous drugs

Drug users will not submit to counseling and monitoring

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.

Program operators will try to boost revenues by encouraging drug use

CHAPTER 14:   Summation

The laws against drugs are impotent against drug dealing and use.

We are waging an inhumane war against ourselves.

Realistic expectations for the System

System as pragmatic and principled







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