KILL THE DRUG TRADE©
Ending the war on drugs in a System of Toleration of
Responsible Drug Use with Controls to Prevent Child Access
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: A dynamic idea with power and impact
The dynamic idea
Fact checking popular assumptions
- Drug users include, equally, all economic and racial groups.
- The cause of addiction is not what you think.
- Using drugs for many is a rational decision and they do it responsibly.
- The association of drugs with crime is no reason to reject a use tolerant system
- Tolerating adult drug use will not produce more of it.
- Addiction is treatable and can be resolved, usually by one’s early thirties
- 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
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
ARGUMENTS FOR LEGALIZATION
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
ARGUMENTS AGAINST LEGALIZATION
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
System control mechanisms both reduce and help prevent addiction
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
New Client Intake
No Coercion Toward Treatment
Optional functions for the operating entity
- Assisting health officials
- Operation of community health centers
- Screening services for the courts
- Subsidizing client treatment
- 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