Market Interposition

Market Interposition is a comprehensive public health strategy for control of the drug/crime epidemic. Without legalizing private enterprise in drug supply activities, market interposition would drastically reduce our current excessive reliance on costly and counterproductive criminal justice measures.

The failure of drug control policy as now practiced is an effect of a high level of mutual stimulation between the supply and demand sides of the drug market. High drug prices result from presently employed policy measures; that is, high drug prices are an effect of artificially created scarcity. Inflated drug prices magnify the demand side stimulus to the illegal supply industry by magnifying profit-making opportunity. Drug gangs and gang violence result from competitive conditions in the supply industry under the condition of illegality.

High drug prices and inflated profit opportunities also motivate the illegal drug supply industry to stimulate demand. That is, the industry promotes drug use and addiction and seduces new drug users to maximize its sales revenue.

The key concept underlying the strategy of market interposition is that the drug/crime epidemic can be controlled by interrupting the mutual stimulus between the supply and demand sides of the drug market. The interruption is to be accomplished by a public health authority, the Agency for Drug Market Interposition (ADMI). This agency will be broadly empowered to respond to all drug-related needs of all drug users. In competition with the ADMI, the criminal drug supply industry will be powerless to prevent the loss of its clientele. Deprived of the opportunity to carry on profitable drug sales, drug industrialists and traffickers will have nothing to do but to abandon drug-gangsterism and the promotion of drug use.