How about death sentences for selling, smuggling, etc?
No plea bargains either.
I suppose it would be racist. /s
How about a death penalty for using? As long as there are users there
will always be a seller...but on the other hand if all the users are locked up or dead there is no market. We have always gone at this problem from the wrong side..
Another way to fix it is to make all drugs free. Get a big building and put piles of heron, cocaine, marijuana down. Let people come in and use all they want. The drug users will all kill themselves right there...the sellers are not the problem.
There were such laws passed and performed that were very effective. One example began in China during their Revolution.
The Chinese had been through the Opium Wars, which all began with the British who bought Chinese tea, paying with metallic silver. Pretty soon the English ran very low on silver, so the British nobility decided to find something the Chinese would not only buy, but pay for in gold and silver. The British East Company literally had warehouses full of opium. So they sold it to China.
The Chinese nobility did their very best to stop the British Opium Trade, but failed when the Royal Navy and Marines, plus the English Army used their superior weapons and military organizations against the Chinese who tried to stop the drug trade. For a couple of centuries the Chinese lost the drug war “Bigly.”
One Chinese faction, a criminal triad called The Green Gang was in the drug trade. Its leader was Chiang Kai Shek, the Nationalist who was fighting the Communists under Mao. After Mao and the Communists won. Their first move was to kill all of the Green Gang triad selling drugs they could find.
Then they gave addicts a choice. If they stopped using drugs they could live. However if they used drugs even once in the future they were publicly executed. After a few tens of millions of Chinese drug addicts were shot the drug problem was solved.
Today drugs are not a problem in China.
So, let’s summarize. What was the economic reason Britain forced China to buy and use opium? IT WAS CAUSED BY A BALANCE OF PAYMENTS PROBLEM. TEA WAS COSTING BRITAIN TOO MUCH CASH, SO THEY BROUGHT IN THEIR ARMY, NAVY, AND MARINES TO BREAK CHINA’S ECONOMY.
China has never forgotten this.
UNFORTUNATELY, CHINA IS THE WINNER OF OUR PRESENT BALANCE OF PAYMENTS SITUATION. WE CAN’T HAVE THIS GO ON MUCH LONGER. WHAT WILL WE DO TO PREVENT CHINA FROM GETTING TOO MUCH OF OUR ECONOMY. BUT THE US MUST DO SOMETHING.
This long screed is to tell us what the effective war on drugs will require: firing squads, a nation wide determination to use mortal force to control addicts and terminate them with extreme prejudice.
I don’t think we have the stomach for this. Besides that too much money is involved.