“I also want people to realise what we’re really talking about here when we’re talking about the drug trade.”
In 2010, Prime Minister Steven Harper explains his feelings towards the drug trade and marijuana. I could tackle many of the things he says here, but let’s consider what he says about legal business. In the video, he says “I can predict with a lot of confidence that [legal narcotic drug stores] will never be respectable businesses run by respectable people because of … the dependency they create, the damage they create, the social upheaval and catastrophe they create….” so let’s look at what he may be trying to say.
All drugs businesses are selling drugs
Selling drugs is not respectable
/Drug businesses are not respectable
All X are Y
Y are not Z
/X are not Z
Although this argument is valid, the problem is that it is not factually correct. The argument may only work for someone who believes that selling drugs is not respectable which is a subjective statement. We have not established whether or not the sale of drugs is respectable in an objective manner.
Even so, if assume that it were, what constitutes a drugs includes caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. Does this mean that your liquor stores are run by scummy businessmen who wish to create a dependency? Do you spit on your neighbourhood corner store employees for selling cigarettes from behind the counter to willing adults after giving ID? Do you wish famine upon your Starbucks barista and her family for selling ‘drugs’? No, because they are respectable businesses run by intelligent, rational people who just wish to have a job and make some money just like everyone else.