A New Magazine Helps Addicts Fund Their Addictions—Legally – Illegal! magazine allows its vendors to keep sales profits so they can buy drugs rather than stealing to fund their habits.
“If you give them any money, they’ll only spend it on drugs.” “Nearly every city-dweller has heard this argument against giving money to panhandlers. But now, a new European magazine actually aims to do just that. Called Illegal!, the magazine is sold by drug users, with their individual profits hopefully deterring them from crime by giving them a less destructive way to fund their habits. Launched in Copenhagen last year, the first English-language edition of the magazine hit the streets of London this month. Working on the same model as The Big Issue, a newspaper sold by the homeless, Illegal! allows vendors to sell the magazine on the streets with a substantial markup from its production cost—with a clear warning that the profits may end up being spent on fueling the seller’s drug habit…”