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The demand curve for drugs is extremely inelastic, meaning that people don’t change their drug consumption very much in response to changes in prices. Therefore, vigorous enforcement means higher prices and higher revenues for drug dealers. (via Let’s Be Blunt: It’s Time to End the Drug War - Forbes)
The more effective prohibition is at raising costs, the greater are drug industry revenues. So, more effective prohibition means that drug sellers have more money to buy guns, pay bribes, fund the dealers, and even research and develop new technologies in drug delivery (like crack cocaine). It’s hard to beat an enemy that gets stronger the more you strike against him or her.
Yesterday, April 20, was pot day. I would’ve mentioned it, but was too high :)))
«Canadian electronic DJ Deadmau5 has entered into a high-profile feud with Madonna, calling the Material Girl an “idiot” after she appeared to glamorize drug use during a recent concert.
The 53-year-old pop star was performing at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami over the weekend when she asked the crowd: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”
Molly is a slang term for MDMA, otherwise known as the drug ecstasy. (..)
“Very classy there Madonna. ‘HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???”’ wrote the four-time Juno winner, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, on Monday.
“Such a great message for the young music lovers at Ultra. Quite the…philanthropist. But hey, at least (you’re) HIP AND TRENDY!…That’s your big message to Ultra attendees? Hipsterspeak for looking for drugs?”»
Deadmau5 has a point:
«Based on research with women, it appears that the so-called “rave” drug can induce a drop in serotonin levels that can last up to two years. Serotonin, the research team noted, is critical to the regulation of mood, appetite, sleep, learning and memory.»
An obvious point, but a bit of an oversimplification. Man is conditioned to strive for freedom then wallow in fear, anxiety and decision paralysis when attained. Most people would find the fear of taking the wrong decision so overwhelming (at least at first, or when they imagine it) that they prefer someone else to do it for them.