Criminals will still kill each other over different matters. Legalizing drugs isn't going to make the Cartels go away.
Originally Posted by Token White Guy
Nope. They moved on to different things and continue killing each other.
The same arguments were made regarding alcohol during the prohibition ... and it did curb (yes, not stop totally, I know) vioence and criminal activities, massively so. I do not doubt for a moment that legalizing mild drugs would have the same effect.
The point is, this is not about PREVENTING drugs from being made available, because they ALREADY ARE available everywhere.
Yes there is stuff that is a lot worse than opium, but that is mostly due to the fact that drugs like heroin are/were so hard to get. There are functional heroin addicts just as there are functional alcoholics, and I think if addicts have access to clean, uncut drugs and sterile syringes it would in fact be less detrimental to their health than an alcohol addiction. To my knowledge alcohol is the only drug where abrupt withdrawal can actually kill you, and it is alo proven to be one of the most addictive drugs.
I think that a lot of the problems we see so often with drug addicts is not directly attributable to the effects of the drugs themselves but to the fact that they are prohibited, thus basically forcing their users into a fall down the social ladder and into a criminal career.