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Thats why I've been stress testing the progressive decriminalisation argument.  Hard Drugs could be hugely more profitable than Alcohol or cigarettes for both private industry and the state (in terms of tax revenue) because producing heroin or cocaine is a lot cheaper than champagne.  

The billions that are now spent on illicit drugs, law enforcement, and the costs of crime could well fund any increased health care costs that might arise and still create a huge net surplus.  If it keeps the dudes happy, why knock it?  It will be the true opium of the people and distract people from serious political issues. If I was a Machiavellian member of the political elite I would be promoting it as a win win situation.

Sometimes you have to be careful of what you wish for.  

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 08:04:48 PM EST
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