Demand Side Management.
I firmly believe that the effort and money being placed in the supply side management of this problem should be re-routed into the demand side management.
Without a lowering of the demand for the drug, the results that we have received for our efforts will continue well into the future, with very limited success. The approach that I believe we should pursue is as follows.
- Use 10% of the billions now being wasted on stopping the drug flow, to provide public service and educational information to the general populace. Considering that only 0.6% of the world’s population have a real drug problem, I believe that we could reap some rewards here by discouraging people from turning to drugs.
- Use another 10 % of the funds on drug rehabilitation efforts in the global effort. While first world countries have a relatively good rehabilitation system, many under developed or developing countries do not have the money, for these efforts as most is being used to repay debts, thus these funds could prove very useful.
- Use another 80% to [provide liquidity support to government for countries where drug cultivation is a problem, these funds will be used for crop substitution.
- Make all these drugs non-controlled substance i.e. make them legal so anyone over the age of 18 can purchase them, sound crazy right. Let me explain this a little more so that persons reading this do not think I am drug crazy.
When on looks at our recent history and specifically at the period of prohibition, this era lead to the creation of the Sicilian mobster or the Mafia. The period of prohibition was the time where trade in alcohol and tobacco where illegal and were in the realms of controlled substances, as cocaine, marijuana etc are today.
This period saw virtually no decline in the trafficking or use of these substances, and when prohibition was finally ended alcohol and tobacco could be freely purchased by any adult. You see when stuff like this was illegal you ended up with persons not only dying from trying to protect the trade itself, you also had persons dying from drinking tainted alcohol as there was very little in the way of good manufacturing practices in making the product. This subjected the user to the will and fancy of not only the manufacturer but the “trader” who would dilute the product further to increases his profit margin.
The conspiracy theorist view.
There is the view held by many that the reason why these drugs remain illegal is due to the fact that the developed countries are raking in big profits by keeping it illegal. Now many may once again say this guy is now off his “rockers”, as that makes absolutely no sense.
The largest gun manufactures are in developed countries and they literally make billions each year manufacturing and selling guns worldwide. So while the act of shipping guns to “druggist” and countries on the black list remains illegal, nothing has stopped them from receiving these weapons of destruction, to protect their trade.
Similarly nothing has prevented many rouge nations from purchasing guns and bullets from these developed countries which control the gun trade.
Now consider this, if there was no war anywhere in the world, what would likely happen to the manufacture and trade in firearms, and what would be the effect on the economies of these countries, get my drift. Why use the term “war” on drugs, is that a deliberate misuse of the word to the unsuspecting public, to cover up the deceit that really exist in these countries as it relates to the arms trade.
Doesn’t the war on drugs provide that avenue to supply arms and ammunition to these countries battling these drug lords, while at the same time providing in a clandestine fashion guns to the cartels. Hey just my crazy mind at work again, I could be wrong but don’t discount it.
Many countries in the Caribbean, as well as other developing countries are diverting valuable resources that could have otherwise being used for economic development in their country, to the war on drugs.
Jamaica for example has borrowed thousands of dollars to purchase ion scan machines, which have been built by these developed countries and from which they obtain loans to acquire these machines. Oh what irony, we are extorted to take a loan, buy your equipment, so we can keep the drugs here and not export it to your country. Not only that these countries must now repay these loans on your terms, and they have no choice in the matter, as if they don’t they placed “blacklisted” as one of those countries which has not subscribed to the so called “war” on drugs.
So while Jamaica is/has been doing all it can to ensure that these “controlled” (pun intended) substance never leave our shores, very little is done to prevent contraband from being imported unto our shores. Guns and bullets flow in like any other imported product, while the authorities turn a blind eye in this direction.
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