Archive for Drug Legalisation

Strange Bedfellows

Dave Killion — May 16, 2011

Here’s a letter to the Vancouver Sun

In response to your May 12th article “Seven men arrested after Chilliwack report of shots fired“, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCMP on behalf of those who are grateful for the work of the police, but who are prevented by circumstance from speaking themselves; other drug dealers.

Although the capture of these seven individuals reminds other drug dealers of the potential risks involved in supplying illegal substances, the absence of them and their product creates a market opportunity for both remaining suppliers and aspirants who had previously found the barriers to entry too high to overcome. As this bust has done nothing to decrease demand, the lower availability of distributors and drugs means higher profits. Typically, dealers wishing to increase market share must risk their own lives and resources in order to drive out competition, but in this case the costs are borne entirely by the cops and the taxpayers. It is harder to imagine a sweeter set up.

So to all you drug warriors out there, rest assured that no matter what anyone else thinks, drug dealers will always be grateful for your sacrifice. Without you, none of this would be possible.

420

Dave Killion — April 19, 2011

My goodness, April 20th (4/20) is here already! It hardly seems a year has passed since citizens were taking to the streets to protest the criminalization of marijuana –

Well, it’s that time again. And even though regulations that criminalize marijuana have led to a greater destruction of life and property than the plant itself ever could have doesn’t mean we can’t have  a laugh about it now and then –

Movie Night

Dave Killion — February 20, 2011

The documentary “Damage Done: A Drug War Odyssey” will be shown at the Green Party movie night. A representative from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. Everyone is welcome and a $5 optional donation is requested to help cover expenses. Doors open at 6:30pm and the film starts at 7:00pm.

Thursday, February 24 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant St
Victoria, BC

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War Casualties, Continued

Dave Killion — January 12, 2011

Shortly after writing this post, I contacted the lady from Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society who had been quoted in the article, curious to know if her organization had a position on the War on Drugs.  With her permission, I copy her reply –

Hello

Thank you for taking the time to respond and to get in touch!

As an agency, we are quite neutral when it comes to the “politics” as our number one concern is education, prevention and support for those who are active in addictions.  However, the term “War on Drugs” is a term that personally is just not conducive to preventing our youth and others from becoming addicted.  As well, to continually target the “low level” dealers as is the case over 90% of the time, it does nothing to prevent the issue from continuing and even becoming worse and more dangerous.  Our jails are full of addicted individuals, and the research proves over and over that the “war” is not working.

I really liked how you worded that on your blog, it is very true!  By continually “removing” the low level, addicted dealers (who are selling to maintain their own habits) it certainly puts our community and people at risk for others to sweep in and result in more deaths, crime and a mess of other issues

Again, thanks soooo much for your response, if you would ever like to discuss or visit us, just let me know J

Take care,

Sincerely,

Karen

Karen Dennis     Executive Director     Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society

Phone:  250-388-6220     Email:  karendennis@varcs.org Website:  www.varcs.org

So just who are these laws supposed to be protecting?

War Casualties

Dave Killion — January 7, 2011

The Victoria News reports that some recent deaths may be due to tainted drugs.  What they don’t acknowledge is that if tainted drugs were used, then the deaths are actually due to the war on drugs. From the article –

It’s usually outsiders coming in to make a fast buck because they hear the news (of drug dealers being arrested) to exploit the addicted,” said Karen Dennis, executive director of Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Service Society. She added they may not hesitate to lace their drugs to stretch their sales.”

There are a couple things to take away from that comment.

First of all, observe how government intervention creates unintended and frequently perverse consequences.  In an attempt to protect people from hurting themselves with drugs, arrests of locally established drug dealers creates a market opportunity for other participants to step in with product that increases the chances of people hurting themselves with drugs.

Second, marvel at how market forces regulate vendors and protect consumers, even (especially?) in underground markets.  Drug dealers know that there is no barrier to entry into their business and that they can’t force consumers to purchase from them.  They must therefore strive to maintain their reputations for price, quality, and safety.  Above all, they better not kill their customers.

If only the government was so considerate.

A Little Experiment

Dave Killion — December 20, 2010

I wanted to try posting a video, so here is a little clip I made with my son and some of his friends at the 420 demonstration last April –

Repeal Day!

Dave Killion — December 4, 2010

December 5th is the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution, repealing Prohibition.  This is a good day for Canadians to reflect on the fact that despite Canada being one of the most free countries in the world, liquor regulation is more strict here than it is in some of the most brutal, dictatorial regimes in the world.  I hope you will you join me in lifting a glass and celebrating Repeal Day for demonstrating that it is possible to roll back regulation and regain our rights.

More on Repeal Day here.

Free Ain’t Cheap!

Dave Killion — October 13, 2010

In a recent post, Paul Willcocks writes about the huge amounts of electricity stolen from BC Hydro for grow ops.  Have a look in his comments to see me explain to another commenter how re-legalization and the free market will make that “free” electricity too expensive to bother with!

Here’s a sample from my comment –

Were it not for the artificially high price of marijuana, such operations would be unaffordable. If that were not the case, folks could make lots of money by stealing electricity for tomato grow-ops.

A Beginning

David — August 19, 2010

We live in an age when the state frequently encroaches on our liberties. Our government bans smoking on private property, inflates our money (pdf), invades foreign nations, taxes our every action, forces us to license our firearms and prohibits peaceful people from ingesting certain substances. The majority remain silent. In Canada the masses stick to voting for one of the major parties who tend not to veer off the beaten path of heavy state intervention.

The Victoria Libertarian Book Club was formed in January of 2009 in response to our current state of political affairs. Although we have our roots in Ron Paul’s 2008 run for the US Presidency we always try to bring the libertarian lens onto Canadian issues and more specifically those issues that affect Western Canada.

We spend our time reading fantastic books, and talking about issues that matter to libertarians in Canada. This is our attempt to take some of our ramblings online. If you would like to follow along with our readings feel free to join our meetup group.