Which policy of criminal punishment do you prefer? Smart on Crime with less prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes or Tough on Crime with the "lock 'em all up" way?
IMO using the words "Smart on Crime" is a device to steer voters to pick that choice. Most will want to make the "smart" choice because it is implied by the question that the other is the dumb choice.
Smarter than smart. If there is no victim, don't even call it a crime.
I think in order for it to truly work it needs to be both.
Comparative data from around the world tells me smart on crime but my gut says tough on crime.
The smart answer is "smart on crime"
Tough and smart aren't actually opposites.
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They fail to understand that most if the violence is related to drugs.
We could stop relying on dangerous and violent black markets if drugs were legalized.
Take the business away from them. That's exactly what Uraguay did. And the president didn't even want to; he just realized that he had to, for the sake of his people.
That's not working out in Colorado. Taxes and fees are so high they haven't reduced the black market trade at all. They only brought in a third of the taxes they expected.
Then actually run it like a business. You know, competition? All you conservatives talk about. This is an appropriate place to practice that.
Did you read the post directly above yours? Legit growers can't compete.
The point about taxes and fees. Not only is the state charging outrageous amounts, but federal taxes intended to punish illegal operations haven't been changed for legal sellers.... they run as high as 70%.
Legalizing marijuana is a process. It's not going to work perfectly right off the bat. When prohibition ended do you think all the smugglers just stopped on the same day? Or did they try and still make their product more attainable by any means?
Of course people will try and illegally compete to make a better profit but once marijuana is comparable to tobacco and alcohol nationwide time will eventually weave out the black market aspect just like it has for the other two.
There are very active black markets for both alcohol and tobacco. Lol.
It's time they got smart on crime.
Smart on crime. Enforce the laws that actually matter and forget the rest.
I would prefer people who commit non violent drug offenses to get sent to substance abuse treatment instead of jail.
Mississippi doesn't get enough credit for it's decriminalization of Marijuana. www.clarionledger.com/story/dailyledes/2014/07/28/mississippi-marijuana-laws/13268245/ ...I vote smart on crime.