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Response to dumbcat (Reply #16)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:11 PM

20. It wasn't

 

It was a law outlawing a substance that is - very consistently - the most harmful to human health and social fabric. It was actually a damn good idea from the viewpoint of a national interest. However, it was very naive - the idea of a black market appearing doesn't seem to have crossed the minds of anyone. The crime to support that market and the measures to enforce the law ended up causing almost as many problems as legal alcohol did - and at greater cost to taxpayers.

The problem is in the "total ban" aspect of it. Had some sort of market been preserved - even if only a government-run dispensary - the black market would have been undercut and the measure would have been more successful.

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