Harvard economist: Legalize drugs to reduce negative effects
The Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University believes all drugs should be legalized. but Jeffrey Miron doesn’t see legalization as a complete solution to problems like drug abuse and violence in Mexico. “I don’t claim legalization is a solution. Some people will misuse drugs just as they misuse alcohol, but the magnitude of negative things would be vastly redeuced if it were legal,” he said.
Bob Stutman is a former DEA agent who disagrees with Miron. “Drugs are not bad because they’re illegal. Drugs are illegal because they’re bad,” argued Stutman. The former DEA agent claims that drug addiction will increase by 500% if drugs were legalized.
Miron disagrees. “As Mr. Stutman say, we’re not going to eliminate all negatives of drugs by legalizing but he’s exaggerating enormously to say that we would have this huge increase. There’s not a shred of evidence to suggest anything like that kind of increase.”
This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Apr. 13, 2009.