There seems to exist in the human animal a curiosity about alternative states of consciousness. Some human animals allow this curiosity to destroy their lives. Some don’t. Some experiment occassionaly their whole lives with no observable ill effects.
In many parts of the world the government’s criminalization of this behaviour has provided criminals with an opportunity to make vast sums of money. Hundreds of thousand of people are incarcerated on drug related charges and still society is burdened with inumerable drug related problems.
I don’t think anybody could reasonably argue with what I have said so far. There may well be a few of you who disagree with what I say next.
The governments (of Cananda and the United States at least - I am familiar with their drug problems) should go into the drug distribution business. Citizens of those countries should be allowed to buy any drug they want PROVIDED THEY HAVE A LICENSE. To obtain the license you would need to be of a certain age and you would need to have passed an exam which tests your knowledge of the effects of the drug you are buying. A system like this would show respect for the natural human desire to experiment with drugs. It would dry up a major money supply for many large criminal organizations. It would ensure that people got pure drugs. It would keep people out of jail and it would ensure that addicts had access to treatment. It would also become a source of revenue for the government and save billions of dollars a year on law enforcement. Give people a while to get used to this new system and then deal harshly with anyone attempting to operate outside of it.
What is wrong with this idea?