"I hear man cry, 'Would I here be no wine! 0 folly! 0 madness!' Is ii wine that causes this abuse? No. For if you say, 'Would there be no wine!' because of drunkenness, then you must say, goine on by degress. Would there were no night!'1 because of thieves. Would there were no lighti'1 because of the informers, and Would there were no women!' because of adultery. "
-51.. John Cluysostom (3-45-407) Bishop of Constantinople
We hardly ever hear these days of fair young maidens being shanghaied after a seductive pipe of opium in a Chinatown hop joint.. And it's been 70 years or more since a dainty Southern belle was ravished by a coked-up black. The wild and dirty West has been cleaned up, too-homicidal wet backs no longer pump the sheriff and his deputies full of lead after a single toke. And it must be a decade at least since an acid head went blind staring at tlie sun. So judging by the stated goals of those who worked to put an end to the popular consumption of opium, cocaine, marijuana and LSD, the drug laws we now enjoy can be considered a resounding success.
Of course the protection of virtue and the safeguarding of the genetic pool has cost a bit.. Like the internal combustion engine, the drug laws have had side effects not considered by their pioneers. The criminalization of millions of harmless and docile citizens is one of them. The steady siphoning of the nation's treasury by the multibillion-dollar drug-law enforcement industry is another. Then, too, there's the added price of keeping heads in jail and of "rehabilitating" addicts at many times the cost of simply maintaining their habits on cheap legal dope. To say nothing of losing the substantial revenues that could be collected from the now tax-free cavaliers who smuggle and distribute the forbidden goods,
Has it been worth it? Well, a lot of people might (liiEik. so if the consequences of drug use alleged by the earjy proponents of the dope laws were as they claimed. After all, virgins and genes are priceless, and avoiding a steady diet of massacred policemen is certainly worth a few sacrifices. In fact, however, the drug laws don't protect any of these precious commodities. They never did and they never were intended to. The motives of the drug-law lobbyists were considerably Jes.s altruistic than the protecting tlie-American-way-of life pap they dished out to the public. Indeed the tactics of the leading prohibitionist spokesmen make it plain that protecting the people from dangerous drugs and dangerous drug users was, on the most charitable interpretation, a distinctly secondary consideration. Their prime goal was the securing of economic and political advantages, and they pursued it with the zeal su-h time honored projects usually inspire.
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