As soon as now-illegal drugs were legalized, they’d begin flowing into the marketplace from established, legal, drug companies like Eli Lilly. These companies would have to import raw materials from abroad until U.S. crops matured, but after that the normal laws of supply and demand would kick in.

We don’t currently import wheat or corn, so why would we import the raw materials needed to produce cocaine and heroin? The demand for foreign crops would diminish greatly even if it didn’t altogether disappear. The issue of “small farmer vs. corporate business” would be no different for these crops than it is for soy beans or oranges.

In any case, all the underworld links that now exist between raw materials and street-product would vanish overnight, just as bootleggers did when Prohibition was repealed.

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updated: 02 Nov 2003