A new bill, co-authored by Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) would virtually legalize the production, sale, distribution and possession of marijuana in individual states by limiting the federal government's law enforcement role to international and interstate trafficking.
According to Jeffrey A. Miron and Katherine Waldock of the Cato Institute, authors of The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition, the U.S. federal government could save $41.3 billion dollars annually by legalizing drugs.
Drug legalization, or at least marijuana legalization, I posit, would help protect gun rights.
1. Drug legalization would help protect gun rights by removing an incentive for police to search homes, cars and persons and curtail civil liberties. With fewer laws justifying the ransacking of homes and the patting down of citizens, fewer citizens would have their guns stolen from them by police.
2. Drug legalization would reduce the incidence of drug-related crime such (as turf wars), therefore reducing violence involving firearms overall. With fewer violent incidents, a strong incentive for gun control will fall apart.
3. Drug legalization would keep thousands of people out of jail, and therefore keeping them and their families out of poverty. With less poverty, there will be less crime. With less crime, again there will be weaker support for gun control.
Drug legalization will save the government and the taxpayers money, provide a form of revenue if it is taxed at the same rates as alcohol and tobacco, and protect the civil rights of citizens.
For these reasons, supporters of fiscal responsibility and second amendment rights should consider supporting the legalization of marijuana.