A few years back, my son was murdered buying pot. He had a lot of money on him, as the price of marijuana was really high because it was banned and not available like beer and wine at the local supermarket. Gangs prosper from the dope trade and kill each other vying to control profitable venues.
A lot of burglaries are committed to get money to pay for drugs with inflated prices due to their illegality.
So why don’t we ban alcohol and drive the price up so organized criminals can get rich from selling it? Oh, just a minute … we tried that in the 1920s. Americans drank more during Prohibition than before, gangsters had a field day, and governments lost millions in uncollected taxes!
Would I like to ban pot? Sure. And drinking, smoking, texting while driving, wearing sexy bikinis in public, gun magazines in supermarkets, pit bulls, praying to just one God in schools, swearing on TV, rigged elections, wife beating, lying to voters, doing 40 in school zones, homeless people peeing behind bushes, and on and on.
I may not have the answer to all of society’s “ills,” but just banning something may not be the only way.
Bill Warner, Porterville