Vision Statement

The Business Council for Prosperity and Safety envisions a nation with little crime, with safe neighborhoods in which to live, work and do business, and with drug use managed to minimize disease, dysfunction and despair.

To bring this vision about, the manufacture and distribution of non-medical drugs must be subject to a comprehensive system of licensing, regulation, insurance, and professional ethical controls. When the myriad techniques of public and private business regulation are applied to the non-medical drug trade, there will be no room for criminals in that trade. The user of non-medical drugs will be subject to accountability. Problematic users of non-medical drugs will not be stigmatized. Their drugs problems may be spiritual, physical and psychological but rarely criminal.

The role of organized crime in the non-medical drug trade will be eliminated. Violent crime to resolve the conflicts of the drug trade will be history. Street crime by drug users will be dramatically reduced because addicted drug users will not need large sums of money to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.

The reduction in crime will reduce economic losses due to crime, reduce insurance losses and premiums, and reduce the costs of security. The regulation of the business of non-medical drugs will dramatically reduce the role of the police and the criminal justice system in policing the business. Criminal justice resources will be redirected to predatory and violent crime, further reducing the costs of crime.

The reductions in crime will dramatically improve the quality of life for all Americans of all ages, races and classes. The value of real estate in many neighborhoods will dramatically increase, stimulating the construction industry, and expanding the tax base for most American cities. Expanding the tax base will reduce the tax burden on those who now disproportionately are supporting public services.