But many countries are going backwards because of the corrupting influence of drug money: most noticeably Afghanistan and Mexico. It is essential to take the profit out of selling drugs, and there is a natural way to do that. Drug pushers start by providing drugs cheaply, then make their profit from those subsequently addicted. Making it illegal for addicts to get there drugs is highly counterproductive. Here’s the alternative:
- Continue to ban the supply and sharing of drugs, with severe penalties particularly to the supplier, but also to anyone receiving or possessing;
- Allow addicts to register;
- Registered addicts can receive supply, for their own use only, from a government channel;
- Supply is guaranteed, not requiring immediate payment, so addicts are not forced into crime;
- For more dangerous drugs, users might be required to consume under supervision.
- End the war on drugs;
- Remove the malign influence of drug barons on politics in many places;
- Getting into contact with addicts in this way will enable cures in many more cases.