Mo_ wrote:Legalizing heroin means you can control and regulate it. This point is nice because it doesn’t seem to assume that doing heroin is a good thing at all, (though it wouldn’t take much for me to push your back against that wall). This could just be a case of minimizing a bad thing. Suppose you could only get heroin by prescription from a doctor, (as if there was a disease for which it was the cure). Then people will still go to drug dealers to get heroin.
Why? Do people go to drug dealers to get epilepsy medication? More to the point, why would drug dealers have any economic incentive to make heroin available illegally if vastly cheaper, industry-quality drugs are available elsewhere?
Suppose you want to know exactly what’s in what you’re getting, so that you’re not snorting up crushed Tylenol and whatever chemicals it has been cut with. If you don’t like the quality of what your dealer is selling, or if he doesn’t have the transparency in his business practices that you want, as a customer, then don’t buy the product…
You can solve the whole issue by advising people not to buy the product until the drugs cartels open their kitchens to quality inspectors. It's not a free market.
Your response here will either assume that you want to buy the product (point 1). Or else you’re concerned about others who are buying the product (this is point 3). Fine, but recognize that point 2 is a subsidiary one that will fall back on either point 3 or point 1—it doesn’t and can’t stand on its own.
Point 3 is subsidiary (a knock-on effect) of point 2 - regulation and industrialisation will drive the gangs out of business. I don't think that deflating the power of the gangs will open the way to regulation, unless you are of the opinion that the reason it remains illegal is pressure from drugs barons on the legislature.
Drug gangs are a problem for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the lack of transparency in their business practices. Two options: have government sell their product for them, or jail and kill them. If you want government to sell their product for them, then you have to argue either that heroin use doesn’t harm others, or that it’s for the greater good.
False dilemma. The argument is that licensed pharmaceutical companies can undercut the drugs gangs with better-quality cheaper products. As licensed brewers and distillers undercut the mafia after Prohibition was scrapped. You don't have to argue that alcohol is a good
thing in order to argue that it's not as bad as offering a major source of income to criminals. Talk of making the perfect the enemy of the good, indeed.