Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Today's letter to The Age

Dear sir/madam,

The results of Victoria Police's first year of random drug tests show that 1 in 46 drivers is driving under the influence of drugs, which pretty much means that at any given time at least one in fifty adults is under the influence of drugs.
If we were to be told that one in fifty of us is a murderer or a thief there will be a lot of commotion all over the community and people will demand to see the heads of whoever are in charge of fighting crime chopped off. Yet none of this is happening now: People are worried about road safety, but there is no social commotion of any scale what so ever despite the fact that according to our laws drug use is still considered a criminal offence of a similar nature to the previously mentioned crimes.
As someone who never touched drugs in his life, I cannot escape two conclusions:
First, it is obvious that our war on drugs has resulted in a major defeat. The drugs are out there and their usage is not considered to be morally wrong by the public.
Second, if we are to gain any ground back in this war, it is time for us to rethink the way we fight this war. Maybe instead of trying to beat them we should join them. Maybe it is time to legalize drugs and take the fight into the open, the way we fight alcohol and tobacco, two legal drugs that kill way more Australians than the supposedly illegal ones.

Moshe Reuveni

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