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9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2013, 11:10 Creston
InBlack wrote on Apr 30, 2013, 10:59:
Legalizing booze brought down the gangs or at least forced them to shift to other illegal ventures it allowed the government to get a grip on a huge problem.

That doesn't happen in a vacuum, though. The congressmen can describe the "gateway drug" theory as a red herring, but it's a genuine effect. When the Netherlands legalized soft drugs, the use of hardcore drugs went up considerably, and with that came the Russian and (former) Yugoslavian maffia that for awhile controlled basically the entire hardcore drug market. And they were the kind of hardcore criminals that you normally only see in movies, and which the Dutch police and investigators were wholly unprepared to deal with.

I have no idea whether the same thing would happen here, of course, and it's very probable that the gateway drug effect wouldn't be enough to offset the benefits in having more control over the sale of marijuana to children. But for the congressmen to just deny it out of hand is nothing more than Ostrich Policy, which is something our government seems to be very, very fucking good at these days.


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