2. If these drugs were available on the legal market, their sale could be controlled, taxed and supervised, and their dangers proclaimed on every packet. The result would be that fewer people would be poisoned, fewer dealers would be killed, fewer police officers would be corrupted, and more public revenue would be raised. Keeping these drugs on the illegal market enriches those at the top of drug syndicates, and impoverishes the ordinary non-affluent recreational consumer. If the extraordinary profit incentive artificially created by criminalization of drug use did not exist drug dealing would not be the temptation that it now is for underprivileged youth.
3. The quality and purity of illegal drugs is controlled by those who produce it; that of legal drugs is controlled by government bodies. Yet alcohol and tobacco cause more illness and death, and cost health services far more, than the drugs labelled "illegal". Futhermore, prohibiting certain drugs simply means that people do have the opportunity to learn how to use them safely.
3. Police forces rely on public cooperation and respect for the law to maintain order. The anti-drug laws are probably the single biggest impediment to developing this respect.
4. The recent upsurge of recreational drug use among young people has highlighted the inability to exercise quality control over the illicit market. The opportunity for selling impure counterfeit drugs is such that quite literally the customers do not know what they are putting in their bodies.
5. Drug consuming countries should put an end to the self-seeking, pernicious, useless war they inflict on the drug producing countries and confront the drug problem throughout the world as a fundamental ethical and political question that can be defined clearly only by an international agreement. The drug polemic should not continue to be caught between war and permissiveness, but should rather focus on the ways in which legalization can be administered.
2. To what forms of social exploitation would the illegal drug networks be obliged to turn to satisfy their need for funds if drugs were legalized?.
3. Campaigns against illegal drug use have succeeded in reducing drug abuse. The number of drugs users in the USA dropped by 50% between 1979 and 1995, and the number of hard addicts remained constant, thanks to active campaigning against the use of illegal drugs. Experiments in legalization have failed to reduce drug abuse. In the Netherlands, where drug use is officially condoned, the use of marijuana among adolescents has increased by 250%, and the number of hard drug addicts has increased by 22%.