Simply the application of replacement economics. Add in declining prices and the farmers soon abandon the crop. Take out the criminal market premium and no one will bother much unless they are prepaid. Sort of looks like the tobacco industry.
That this protocol needs to apply across the whole drug industry is obvious for all the same reasons. Firstly no illegal drug can be counted as safe. Properly processed, it is likely that they can be made at least predictable. It will alway be a case of use at your own risk. Our task is to reduce the harm.
Yet as always, logic never applied here.
Cocaine Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out of Bolivia
After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able to drastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders.
“Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],”Antonino de Leo, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative in Bolivia, told VICE News.
“It’s not only about making money off a crop. In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach,” Leo added.