Additional points made by previous classes: Some overlap with the current class, but also some interesting, additional ideas and points.




• Sending right message— to children; model

• Acts as a preventive

• Alternatively: legalized = more use

• Moral message

• Crime would NOT be reduced—drug users committing crimes were already doing so

• Society has vested interest in reducing use: productivity; drain on society

• Legal outlet does not eliminate abuse (e.g., alcohol)

• Drugs are dangerous “products”


How work?

• Targeting supply: focusing on drug dealers—to work backward through supply chain; provide subsidies to producing areas to entice alternatives;

• Adding in more treatment/prevention;

• More education as focus of prevention – redirecting funds

• **OR** Add MORE jail time as a preventive;

• Adjust jail based on type of drug offense (better than today’s?)




• Would eliminate illegal economy;

• Would bring money into society/gov’t

• Reduce jail population

• Reduce allure to risky/illegal behavior

• Consistent with alcohol/nicotine as “products” – allows better control

• Allows labeling;

• “consumer” more informed

• Target ABUSE, but not necessarily USE—

• Current model creates some of our existing “drug problems”

• Some proportion will use regardless

• Individual has choice and responsibility-- legalizing promotes that self-reliance.


How work?

• Focus on behavior under influence; not use per-se—need to still control behavior under influence

• Focus education on ‘safer drug use’

• Focus on cost-benefits/how to be safe.

• Regulated market --

• Initiate education prior to change---

• Transitions: Need to focus heavily before; provide ‘drug bars’ provide means for casual use w/o abuse

• Need to focus on underlying social issues and treatment.



1. decriminalize use, but stricter penalties on production and sale; forced treatment for use per-se (other crimes would still be prosecuted separately); provide alternatives to growers/producers; education/prevention (with savings re., jail)


2. alternative to jail—tx. Programs; interventions: broader interventions within society, re., poverty, unemployment.


3. improve drug education and more alternatives, e.g., more programming—give  students an idea of what to say “yes” to and things to do; segue into new treatment approaches; differentiated for children v. adults. Strike current laws that restrict federal aid because of drug crimes.


4. Set up a prescription system where addicts can continue to get drugs without resorting to illegal behavior.



·         cheaper: treatment more cost effective

·         much of the drug “problem” are really symptoms of other issues (poverty, hopelessness, etc.)

·         penalties that make it difficult for people to reform and become productive citizens are counterproductive for society



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