There's More To Black Americans Than Street Corner Sales
Gatemouth wrote a piece recently, which included this posting: Black America Without A War On Drugs - an interesting piece in and of itself.
The author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, mentions the possible downsides to a blanket legalization of all drugs.
There are two issues to address:
In regards to the "downsides", I think that we have and are experiencing those downsides daily. Take away the markup...the danger now outweighs the benefits. Also, legalization takes away the inherent dangers of wayward drug production; namely, the substitution of fillers to replace certain elements...for instance, did you know that some maniacs were using cattle de-worming agents to cut cocaine?
This kind of insanity will end, once we end the nursemaiding of Americans so that pharmaceutical companies can reap unwarranted profits on crap that doesn't even perform as advertised.
More importantly, once drugs are no longer taboo, our youth will no longer use drugs as a venue of protest. It just won't be cool anymore to be a stoner.