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Here are just a few of those who like the status quo:

The drug enforcement industry - cops, lawyers, judges, jailers, social workers.

I know it makes for a god conspiracy theory and there is also some sociology theory on the amplification of deviance which argues that the the security industry has a dependency, and therefor a tendency to produce crime, but I don't think too many people would lose their jobs if drugs were legalised.  I suspect we'd need an awful lot more social workers and the medical and pharmaceutical industries could be major beneficiaries of legalisation.

Ultimately, I'm not sure that anybody benefits other than the users who have a good time without negative consequences and the dealers/producers who produce and sell the stuff.  If mainstream "business" could move in on that market there would be tidy profits to be made.  If anything the business argument would be to legalise everything, let legit business produce/market it and let the state pick up the tab for any negative consequences.  That's the way with alcohol and tobacco.

I know this goes against the grain of "progressive argument", but it may just be that hard drugs are criminalised because people in power believe (however misguidedly) that the alternative would be worse.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:36:26 PM EST
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