Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jan 2006
Source: Phoenix New Times (AZ)
Copyright: 2006 New Times, Inc.
Author: Kirk Muse


Make it legal: Regarding your series on meth ("The Perfect Drug" I have a
simple solution that I believe would eliminate 99 percent of the illegal
methamphetamine labs.

The solution is Desoxyn, the pharmaceutical form of methamphetamine
legally available in local pharmacies for less than $2 per dose with a
doctor's prescription. Start selling it at local pharmacies without a
prescription, with no questions asked to any adult. That is, sell it
just like tobacco products are sold.

Would we still have people addicted to methamphetamine? Yes. Would
methamphetamine addicts need to rob or commit acts of prostitution to
obtain money to buy their methamphetamine? No. Would the
methamphetamine addicts prefer to purchase a pure pharmaceutical grade
of methamphetamine instead of methamphetamine manufactured with
batteries and fertilizer? Yes.

When the sale of alcohol was re-legalized in 1933, it was not because
anybody decided that alcohol was not so harmful after all, but rather
because of the crime and corruption that the prohibition of alcohol
caused. When alcohol was re-legalized, the illegal bathtub gin
producers went out of business overnight for economic reasons, and
they have stayed out of business for economic reasons.

When they re-legalized alcohol, our overall crime rate declined
substantially, and our murder rate declined for 10 consecutive years.
Have we learned any lessons from this? Not yet.

Kirk Muse

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