The state should take the control of drugs away from gangs and street dealers, manufacturing and distributing narcotics to addicts instead of locking up users and letting the black market thrive, according to the King County Bar Association. Proponents of the controversial idea, outlined in a report released yesterday, say continuing to deal with drug addiction as a crime instead of a medical problem is not only expensive, it simply doesn’t work, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
They say letting the state regulate now-illegal drugs would curb all kinds of problems in society that the so-called war on drugs has failed to address, including gang violence, petty crime and drug use by kids. “It’s time for us to take a fresh look at how we are dealing with the use and abuse of drugs in our society,” said the Rev. Sandy Brown, executive director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, which also stands behind the proposal. “Our solutions aren’t working. … They’ve actually created injustices that need to be fixed.”