Drug Addiction is Not a Crime
Imagine if you could if your favorite food was made illegal. Making and consuming pizza being punishable by violent imprisonment. Would you never eat bacon again?
We saw how alcohol prohibition gave rise to violent crime by putting resources in the hands of those sophisticated actors that evade law enforcement. These types of people have limited liability for murder and the like, because of their sophisticated evasive tactics. When those people have more resources, their capacity to evade justice tends to grow up to a certain threshold (fame). When folks like Al Capone are given power, they do not promote my individual liberty.
Why then do we use the power of the state to give liberty to unjust actors at the cost of the law abiding citizen? The drug addict has enough consequences without the force of law whipping them at the stake. Not to mention the fact that the drugs being uncontrolled makes for a worse product for the end user, and that drug use rates don’t tend to go down with higher penalties for use.
There will always be methods to evade law enforcement, and criminalizing the sale of drugs only gives liberty to those that can do so. A liberal state can’t do this and expect a liberal consequence. They can only expect power to be granted to illiberal actors.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society