Prohibitionists use a lot of deceit and misdirection to further their cause (in fact, the drug czar is required by law to lie). What else have they got? Any kind of clear analysis of all the facts will show that ending prohibition in some way is the only thing that makes sense.
The biggest lie, however, is the one where they say they’re doing it because they care about the safety of people.
Just from the broad outlines of prohibition, you can immediately see that isn’t true â€” from the violence in Mexico and our streets to the overdose deaths of people afraid to seek help.
But it goes beyond that. The sado-moralists who dominate prohibition legislation want extra assurance that people will die (or at least be harmed in some way).
So they oppose needle exchange (yes, even voluntary non-taxpayer supported ones), despite the fact that all studies show that needle exchange saves lives without increasing or encouraging drug use.
They oppose providing Narcan kits (which can stop overdoses from being fatal) to heroin users.
They oppose reality-based education on drugs (or sex, for that matter) because they’d rather have kids die than know the truth.
That’s right â€” it’s not just in drug policy that these sado-moralists thrive. I was astonished to learn that in some cities possession of condoms can be used against you as evidence of prostitution. How absurd, and how wrong, is that? To set up a system where they are essentially encouraging sex workers to not carry condoms.
That’s sado-moralism, all right. And we’ve got way too much of it in this country.