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In his post “Bringing Conservatives and Libertarians Together” about marijuana legalization, Fred Cole wrote:
I think it’s the situation with marijuana that it’s already so widely accepted and widely available, that most people who want to smoke already do. Whatever society costs it imposes are already there.
So marijuana prohibition means we get all of the downsides of legalization and all of the downsides of prohibition, but none of the upsides that come with legalization. It’s the worst of both worlds.
It’s a pretty similar situation with LSD, cocaine and heroin. However in the case of those three drugs, there are also issues of supply and cost.
On the other hand, here is a caption from a recent article “Eastside Facing Heroin Epidemic” in a local newspaper:
The Eastside branch of Therapeutic Health Services opened its methadone clinic in Bellevue two years ago, serving 90 clients at that time. THS now dispenses methadone to 415 clients from its Bellevue clinic daily, and is contracted with King County for 440.
There seems to be some confusion here. Fred suggests that there may be upsides to legalization of heroin, while the other source considers increasing usage of heroin a problem. One source argues for increased access to heroin, while the other expresses concern about heroin use.
So, what is the problem with heroin? Is it a health issue (addiction)? Is it an access issue (supply and cost)? Will legalizing heroin help resolve or mitigate the problem?