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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:   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

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 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


Addiction Treatment

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

Addiction Prevention

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














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.


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