The war on drugs is sufficiently awful. The policy of locking non violent people in cages because they use substances that are not approved of by authorities has ruined hundreds of thousands of lives. There is no need to expand this practice to the “fake” drug market.
Authorities in Superior Wisconsin must have a desire to expand the reach of the war of drugs to the selling of “imitation” drugs. In Superior earlier this week two young men were arrested for attempting to sell cooked baking soda as heroin. They will face the felony charge of attempted delivery of an imitation controlled substance. The Superior Telegram reports:
A pair of Twin Ports men are facing felony charges for non-drug trafficking.
Chase Anthony Ankarlo, 19, of Superior and Gordon Albert Hey, 22, of Duluth are accused of trying to pass off cooked baking soda as heroin in a monitored Superior drug buy.
The two men each face a felony charge of attempted delivery of an imitation controlled substance as a party to a crime.
Ankarlo also faces a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Ankarlo made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court last Friday. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor count and a preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 25 on the felony charge. A $1,000 signature bond was ordered with the condition that Ankarlo not use or possess any controlled substances.
The fact that there is even a law on the books against selling imitation drugs is senseless. What is the goal of a law prohibiting the sale of phony drugs? Is it to maintain high quality in the illegal “real” drug market?
For those that understand markets and how prohibition affects the price of products and services, it is known that laws purportedly intended to limit drug sales actually increase profit potential of sellers. The drug war and risks introduced with prohibition have increased the incentives to sell drugs. If a free market were allowed in the drug trade the removal of barriers would decrease risk, therefore reducing profit potential of sellers. With less money to be made selling drugs throughout the supply chain, starting with the producers in the place of origin and ending with low-level sellers, less drugs, real or phony, would be on the streets.
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