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Losing the Drug War

Police, judges and other officials would not be vulnerable to corruption because corruption is rooted in the illegality of drugs and the attendant high cost of those drugs. Regulating drug production and sales would give the government control of the situation, would instantly lower prices to a level with which criminal drug-makers could not and would not compete, and corruption of officials would be over. This is an even more compelling argument when we consider the negative impact the corruption of public officials has on the nation in moral terms, especially on the youth of the nation. Every time a TV news program or newspaper article reports police corruption, it cannot result in anything but a further breakdown in the moral structure of the individual and of the society as a whole. After all, if cops and judges are corrupt, why should the average citizen behave morally, especially with respect to using illegal drugs? In addition, in moral terms, the citizen who is otherwise law-abiding, suddenly sees himself as a lawbreaker if he uses illegal drugs. This further alienates him from the society which makes such laws which he feels are not relevant to him.

Carter writes that the illegality of drugs creates an incentive for individual Americans to participate in the drug trade because of the money involved:

The money that can be made from an illegal product that has about 23 million current users in this cou


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