Continuing very bad news from Mexico. I imagine we are all more or less tuning out. The massacre continues. It’s possible that we are seeing our neighbor’s transformation from a reasonable approximation of a representative polity to a pure gangster state. It’s mostly our fault, I think. I don’t mean because we use drugs. I refer to our collective stubborneness regarding cause and effect and the illegal status of most drugs. If it were legal, cannabis would probably cost less than tobacco, cocaine only a little more. Mexicans would have no motivation to gun one another down in the streets for the profits such prices would entail. Nor would Americans. Opponents of legalization are always talking as if there were two well established sides to the issue of legalization. I don’t know what the other side is. I have not seen it. I mean, that I have not seen serious empirical arguments, just blind prejudice spoken with hot passion and a superb disrespect for simple logic. The so-called “war on drugs” is, in my opinion, the most disastrous war this country has been running or close to it. This assessment takes into account the fact that the war cannot be won.
PS My current intake of intoxicating substances amounts to one glass of wine with each dinner, of two on special occasions. I sip expensive 80-proof booze with friends four or five times per year. I have consumed practically no cannabis for many years. I might if it were cheaper. The strongest argument against it is that it contributes indirectly to obesity.