Legalize Drugs, Says Former Seattle Police Chief

Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, argues that we should leagalize all drugs. For those who are familiar with the debate over legalizing drugs, there’s nothing majorly new with his argument. It’s just interesting coming from somebody who spent 34 years in law enforcement. While I agree with him that all drugs should be legalized, I think he goes overboard when he writes, “It’s not a stretch to conclude that our draconian approach to drug use is the most injurious domestic policy since slavery.”

2 thoughts on “Legalize Drugs, Says Former Seattle Police Chief”

  1. I waver on this. On one hand, I think drugs should be legal because you should have control over your own body and there is no reason for alcohol to be legal while pot isn’t. But, I’ve been to Amsterdam and it was kind of scary how bad the drug problem seemed, with crackheads everywhere. The drug addicts of the world convene there. I guess if every country legalized drugs at the exact same moment, I’d be totally for it. I’m not positive otherwise, though.

  2. I’ve been to Amsterdam too, and one thing to keep in mind is that Holland is a much smaller country than the United States, with few major cities. If drugs were legalized in the whole U.S., even if this did attract more drug addicts to the country, they would be spread throughout many major cities, so I don’t think there would be the concentration of addicts that there is in Amsterdam. If, say, Las Vegas alone decided to legalize all drugs, we’d be more likely to experience the convening of drug addicts that you describe.

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