Are people allowing themselves to actually be bolder in their thinking these days?
From a small Pennsylvania town…
I’m assuming the reference is to a story about one of the fine folks at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) — perhaps Howard Woolridge’s ride across America. From that, a doctor gains the courage to speak up.
“You have to control the suppliers. Once you take their profits away, they dry up. This is how we keep young people from getting hooked,” he said.
Foreman, 79, lives in Churchville and spent 40 years as a surgeon, part of it as chief of surgery at Warminster General Hospital in the 1980s.
Here’s where it gets really interesting.
“If my plan works, there will be no more money for suppliers because the hardcore users will be getting [drugs] for free,” he said.
With the profit motive gone, the black market would disappear, and kids would be far less likely to get hooked on street dope, he said.
His plan sounds like appeasement, I said.
“Yes it is,” he said. “But I recognize that putting addicts in jail or arresting street runners who are supplying drugs only means there will be another guy to replace them. I think my plan will work. I really do.”
The reporter was uncertain about the idea, but at least willing to pass it on. Well, I can tell Dr. Foreman not only that his plan would work, but that it has worked.
From an article in the Guardian:
Kudos to Dr. Foreman for having the courage to think outside the box and speak up. Kudos to J.D. Mullane and the Bucks County Courier Times to look past their conventional wisdom and allow the doctor’s idea to be printed.
We’re a long way from the public’s ability to even let their mind grasp such a solution — being able to actually discuss it is an incredible first step.