Sensible Recreational-Drug-Trafficking Policies for an eNlightened Nation 2015
The difficulty of addressing in easily-digestible sound-bites the questions raised by proposing full-scale ‘Legalization’ and government regulation of recreational-drug-trafficking is such that most politicians have opted for the Prohibitionist stance: with few exceptions ( alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, obscure organics ingested by dedicated psychonauts, maybe marijuana ), say Prohibitionists, recreational drugs should be outlawed, confiscated and destroyed if possible, taking them is bad for your health, worse than driving or doughnuts, and to be frowned upon if exposed as a habit ( if you’re discrete and moderate and rich and connected who cares ), people who sell recreational drugs on the Black-Market are criminal deviants who ought to be incarcerated, or, at the most sympathetic end of the Prohibition’s punishment spectrum, rehabilitated with new job skills through early intervention, though how exactly that is supposed to be done besides chaperoned activities for at-risk youth is never made clear. What is clear, if you’re not blinded by your personal prejudices towards recreational drugs and those who use or sell them, is that our current drug-policies, laws, and unwritten social status-quos are inadequate to address the sordid reality of drug-trafficking as a viable profession for many people, including my psycho upper-class boyfriend and his soon to be hugely embarrassed dad the former Judge. Prohibitionist politicians and law-makers/enforcers are HYPOCRITES. The Demand for recreational drugs among otherwise law-abiding citizens is high, higher among neglected addict populations for whom the drug trumps other lifestyle concerns, but criminalizing drug users and addicts is unjust: the former are predominantly functional worker-bees making a consensual choice to use in their sparetime, the latter are suffering and in need of our help and sympathy, not judgment, criminal records, and further punishment, given addiction is a punishment in of itself for failing to adequately address emotional, spiritual, and sociological malaise. ‘Drug-Addiction’ is the blight of our era but why I don’t know. Understanding these basic precepts of empathy and free-will - addicts need help; otherwise functional citizens can ingest whatever weekend fun they choose - has led many nations to tacitly or overtly ‘decriminalize’ possession of recreational drugs for personal use, while keeping in place laws that persecute and penalize the traffickers to users and addicts, the traffickers are the ones who profit inordinately from illegal drugs-trades so they are the ones who should be punished for breaking the law-for-squares. While this approach - decriminalize possession, persecute traffickers - is common to many nations, and is certainly practical, it is an untenable moral hypocrisy and therefore doomed to collapse right now. Penalizing the trafficker ( Supply ) while letting the user ( Demand ) go free is unfair: either both parties are responsible for breaking the law in a consensual drug-sale or both are exempt from legal persecution for conducting a consensual drug-sale, and the same principal holds for sex-trafficking: either both the john and the prostitute are in the law when they consent to trade sex for money, or they are both breaking a law of common-sense: sex you get for money is always disappointing, and if you want a bunch of money for sex that isn’t disappointing you tell the john you won’t have sex for the money.
The Black-Market – is the ‘illicit’ economic market that, ideally, only sells three things: sex, (recreational) drugs, and anarchy, the first two being self-evident, the last not so much, but here is an overview. The Black-Market sells those products and services which, in order to procure, you must ‘know a guy,’ those products which are ‘illegal’ or ‘sinful’ ( also known as ‘vices’ or the ‘vice-trade’ ) but for which Demand for a Supply nonetheless exists and has never not existed, despite persistent efforts by social leaders to behave as if Demand for a reciprocal Supply of recreational drugs, non-committal sex, death-dealing, robbery, gambling, illegal fire-arms, etc, did not exist and ought not exist: no matter how vilified drug-traffickers, sex-workers, and death-dealing pirating gangsters find themselves by mainstream society, people with those professional identities continue to manifest in populations at large unabated by any amount of moralizing or harsh legal punishments. Any product or service for which Demand exists but legal restrictions make it difficult or too expensive to purchase on the Licit-Market, where it ought to be because it is neither a sex-act, a recreational drug, nor an anarchic trade such as a hit, arms for an insurgency, piracy, extortion, etc, will wind up on the Black-Market at a competitive price, and that is anarchy, Demand=Supply, morality having nothing to do with it whatsoever. Every nation on earth has a Black-Market, but the size and power of the Black-Market differs by state. A state in which law restricts many goods and services or makes them too expensive for the general population to afford will manifest a potent and engulfing Black-Market ( example: insufficient Communist Cuba’s second economy of flashy US Dollars ) that will erode trust in licit government rule and political and economic stability in that country – revolutions always start on the Black-Market. Meanwhile a country with a vigorous and open-minded Licit-Market will have a restricted Black-Market. Ideally the Black-Market sells no more than sex, (recreational) drugs, and traditional anarchic product/services in vigilante-justice, arms-to-gangsters, robinhood-theivery, risky-gambling, etc, that, to the extent the civilian population is well-provided for by the Licit-Market, will not bother the civilian population ( a just civil court system means people don’t have to rely on vigilante justice; ethical gangsters only shoot other professional gangsters like ethical soldiers only shoot other professional soldiers; a well-fed fairly-priced society doesn’t need to steal; most gambling is no more harmful than taking a recreational drug or visiting a prostitute, rights you have as an adult; competent civilian police forces, armies, and private security firms mean civilians don’t have to pay mobster rackets to protect them at inflated black-market prices; police should be protecting civilians from gangster extortion; a powerful and benevolent and accountable state government has no fear of revolution from the underworld, etc ). In other words the relationship between Licit- and Black-Markets is compensational: when the Licit-Market is strong, the Black-Market is negligible, like the small drug habit of a physically-healthy, professionally-successful citizen; when the Licit-Market is weak the Black-Market takes over and corruption and violence run rampant, like the major drug habit of an oppressed underemployed minority in an indifferent city. Both are necessary for economic self-subsistence: you will not find a Nation without a Black-Market, like you will not find an Individual without a Vice. So too societies always manifest the sorts of people who can work the dangerous but TVsexy Black-Market and keep their heads, and in this relaxed Canadian socialism such a person happens to be me, you want it, Andrea Coates she can get it, the trouble is finding her under all the people who will tell you she’s crazy or doesn’t exist, then try convincing her you deserve it, ha ha ha. Where the Black-Market is unbridled you have Corruption, where the Black-Market is negligible you have Integrity; however doing away with the Black-Market and the sorts of people who work it is an impossible fancy and self-defeating practice. Harsh penalties for those who work the Black-Market ( sex-workers, drug-traffickers, death-dealers, pirates, gamblers, etc ) only compounds the suffering in their difficult but necessary lives and breeds corruption and insincerity among law-enforcement personnel and civilians who partake of vices supplied since always and forever by the outlaw gangster 1%.
Self-aware Adults have the Human Right to engage in Consensual Black-Market Transactions, any government that attempts to deny adults this right by criminalizing one or both parties, regardless of the presence of consent in the transaction, infantilizes the population and breeds mistrust and revolt among more mature, and therefore more powerful, minds: a political revolution organized by educated drug-traffickers and sex-workers was inevitable in one of the more advanced western nations, I just happen to be leading it, maybe because I am an articulate letter writer and a pretty TV-face and Canada is a big fat flimsy country ripe for the plucking. If the Rule-of-Consent on the Black-Market is found to be broken, state government intervention by police, law-enforcement, courts, social-workers, etc is appropriate. For example
Dealing with Addicts
Licit-Market Recreational Drugs
-The Only Law is Love. No break that Rule no break No Laws. ‘Obey the Law’ and ‘No One is Above the Law (implying Civilian State Laws)’ are maxims for children and soliders, not adults and generals.