Waging War on the 'War on Drugs'

by Don Boudreaux on June 21, 2009

in Crime

Here's a letter that I sent a few days ago to the New York Times:

It's heartening that so many of your readers support drug legalization
(Letters, June 18).  As they, and columnist Nicholas Kristof, point
out, there are indeed many practical reasons to end the cruel and
futile 'war on drugs.'  But there's also an ethical reason to do so:
each adult owns his or her life and only his or her own life.  It's
none of my business what you ingest.  Nor is it the business of my
neighbor or of my co-workers.  This fact does not change if my
neighbor, co-workers, and I form a coalition and vote to govern your
ingestion.

A society truly free tolerates all peaceful actions, from the sublime through the self-destructive.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 at 7:59 am

My neighbors on both sides of where I live do heavy, hard drugs and marijuana. I get dizzy and can’t formulate my words due to the marijuana and get shakey and pressure in my eyes and head and neuropathy/pain in my joints due to the hard drugs, including chest pains and can’t breathe when they are doing them. I awake at night with huge nauseous and an awful taste in my mouth from the marijuana they are using.
I am fine when I stay at my sons or in a motel, and then come back to my place and am sickened by the air in here thanks to my neighbors heavy drug use!

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