Quick background: I don’t consider myself to be too well-informed in the way of politics, economics, sociology, medicine, or any other field directly related to the debate over whether drugs should be legal or not, but I tend to agree with the libertarian view of the issue: The government shouldn’t really be trying to control personal morality.
I’ve heard the huge list of reasons to legalize drugs many times, and it always includes some reference to drug dealers making all the money, and the mafia maintaining power. The legalization argument apparently solves that, but I don’t quite understand how. Legalizing drugs won’t make the people go away, and I really doubt that a guy who’s been dealing drugs would jump right in to a “normal” job. Wouldn’t this just lead to a new mafia-controlled industry? What if they switch to something that’s actually immoral? Would murder-for-hire become a HUGE business? Would legalization cut down on organized crime, or just cause a shift in the type of crime?
-Yes, I understand this isn’t really a debate, because I didn’t state MY stance on the topic, but hopefully it will turn into one. If it belongs elsewhere, please move it.