Prohibition doesn't reform but corrupts

Restricting access to products to engineer a better society only opens up other avenues of rot. Take for example the law of prohibition. Other than the fact that it doesn't stop users from going to whatever lengths to lay their hands on a drink, its also the genesis to an era of extortion and racketeering, from which other parties benefit. In trying to prevent one party from going wayward it allows for another to blossom, for all the wrong reasons.

Now I am not advocating that everything should be accessible to everyone. But when restrictions are crafted, they must be done with care. The latest move on the part of Mexican authorities to allow for possession of small amounts to marijuana will keep at bay their corruption-prone police from extorting casual users. The newly enacted law also plans to offer addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.

Now that's welcome legislation.


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