The question sounds simple enough, "Why do teens deal drugs?" Well, one answer is obvious, it's a job where they can make a lot of money! Or how about this one, "adults took jobs traditionally held by teens and this is one way to get even." Hm… sounds humorous on the face of it. But kids or teens dealing drugs is a serious issue and nearly entirely due to Drug Prohibition.
As a kid I delivered newspapers and baby-sat. When was the last time you saw a kid deliver a newspaper? Not long after I stopped and moved on to other jobs, adults in cars started delivering newspapers, without anywhere near the care us kids used.
Will the Real Reason Please Stand Up
One of the reasons teens deal drugs is because adults use them as proxies. If an adult is caught dealing drugs, whoa, big deal, lots of trouble and lots of prison time, and that's just the beginning. Chances are the government will make accusations that lots of property was paid for using drug profits, and they will take it away.
So this clearly points to the obvious solution: use kids to deal drugs. If a kid is caught, what happens? It depends of course, but sometimes the cops just take the drugs away and send the kid on his/her way. But even if the kid who is caught is pushed through the system and has the book thrown at him/her, punishments tend to be less than what adults receive.
Another reason teens are accused of dealing drugs is they were entrapped by the government.
Another reason teens are accused of dealing drugs is they were entrapped by someone else being used by the government to avoid a larger threatened punishment.
And generally the first reason for teen involvement in drugs are misguided people, journalists, others, and the resulting programs. Please see Ch.44 which illustrates this very well.
Some of the biggest causes of concern for kids dealing drugs are:
- Drugs dealing/running/etc… in the hands of kids.
- Prohibition was & is the cause of enormous growth in teen involvement.
- Ask yourself this, who is another teen more likely to try drugs from? A stranger adult who tries to interest them or another teenager who is most likely flush with cash, dressed in the most expensive and cool clothes, and looked up to among the other teens?
- Prohibitionists have returned to creating a toxic environment in schools.
And the Solution Is…
Clearly the only obvious solution is to legalize and regulate drugs.
Calling illegal drugs “Controlled Substances” is like something from George Orwell’s 1984. As long as they are illegal who controls them? Drug dealers, drug cartels, and the kids they use to deal them! Once we legalize and regulate drugs, we regain control of them. But as long as they stay illegal we do not!