Word Choices: Try Re-Legalization
Published September 04, 2012 in News by Sharon Harris
Sometimes, when talking about ending drug prohibition, I've found it useful to use -- instead of the common "legalization" and "decriminalization" -- the word"re-legalization."
This word almost invariably provokes curiosity. "What do you mean: 're-legalization?'"
And this in turn gives you the opportunity to tell the little-known,fascinating fact that drugs were legal in America well into the twentieth century, and the country suffered none of the disastrous results your listeners may fear from legalization. Further, America didn't face the many evils the Drug War causes today, such as increased violent crime, police corruption, andloss of civil liberties.
Another way to use the word "re-legalization" is to reply to a question like,"Do you favor legalization of drugs?" with, "Actually, I prefer the word 're-legalization,' because..." and then you can make the same case above.
This simple word choice can stimulate discussion and open minds. Be sure to learn some history about American drug prohibition for maximum impact.