It took our forebears roughly 16 years to discover the rights-robbing folly of prohibition. We're apparently not so smart.
Where will the machine turn its attention, if that's taken away?
As Bob Seger would say, the answer is in the question. The problem is the machine. The problem is that such a machine exists.
Should we end the war on crime ?
Yes. Fighting crime is a much more expedient activity--especially inasmuch as most crimes involve victims/violence.
A lot of crimes , involve drugs. Should we just ignore it ?
Yes. Drugs are drugs and crimes are crimes. Crimes require victims. Drugs may or may not be involved in crimes, and their production, distribution and sale do not always produce victims. In fact, MORE crimes involving victims are committed BECAUSE drugs are illegal.
What about family and friends of drug addicts? They don't matter ?The addict kind of ruin their lives also. The drug taker doesn't care,he or she is frying their brain.They become useless souls.It's a sad situation.
Sure they matter! But they're far better served by rehab than by imprisonment.
And you're spot on about it being a sad situation either way.
I agree that drug addicts are far better served by being in rehab than in jail....what has to change is the drug dealers AND their pushers of drugs being in prison for LIFE...not the addicts.
IF it were up to me, and IF there absolutely must be some governmental involvement in the problem, I would decriminalize the possession, use and even the production of such drugs in quanities suitable for personal use, but would keep the ban on the sale and transport of same.
That, BTW, is essentially how the government finally dealt a death blow to the bootleg liquor business. It's now perfectly legal to produce up to 15 gallons of hooch a year for your personal consumption. You can't sell it or transport it (at least not across state lines), but you are perfectly within your rights to have and operate a home distillery.
I have to respectfully disagree as an Aunt who knows the PAIN of what my sister goes through having her son in rehab.... that started with her son 'JUST' smoking a little weed, BUT eventually led to him while HIGH on weed to try another drug that he eventually became addicted to.....whereas if he had NEVER fell for peer pressure to smoke weed, WE feel that if he(feeling high while on weed) would never ever have succumbed to trying the drug that he eventually became addicted to...but yeah let's just legalize all ILLEGAL drugs so our youth will thinks it's OK to imbibe because it's LEGAL, smh.
I never said recreational drugs were good. By and large they aren't. By and large nearly all of them are addictive in some way.
That still doesn't justify an unwinnable "war on drugs." A war which has done far more damage than the drugs themselves.
Well, addictive drugs do have a negative effect on people's lives and society in general, so I think it's in the public interest to combat addiction, but it's been clearly shown that education and treatment are the most effective actions governments can take to reduce drug addiction, not police, courts and prison.
Drug use is a huge problem IN PRISONS, and if they can't keep people from using drugs in such a tightly controlled environment as prison, it shows that there's no way they can use force to keep people from using drugs in less tightly controlled environments. Force is largely ineffective when it comes to fighting addiction in society.
The truth is, there will always be drug addicts, we need to accept that basic fact before we can adopt a rational policy to minimize the scale of the problem and the damage caused by it. We also need to factor in the damage done by drug policy itself, which at the moment can best be characterized as "harm maximization," providing all the harm of drug addiction with the added harm of disease, overdose, property crimes, gang activity, separated families, fatherless children, violence, and incarceration.
Exactly. End the ban. End the war. Decriminalize and then tax/regulate the production and sale of recreational drugs. Then, or perhaps concomitantly, develop or beef up drug education/rehab programs.
Boom! There goes 90 of the justification for America's police state. There goes 100 percent of the incentive which drives people to form drug gangs/cartels.
The damage done by America's continuing war on common sense/human rights is fast becoming incalculable--from the wholesale destruction of south American cultures to the wholesale destruction of the lives and rights of American citizens.
END this insanity NOW!
For those of us who have family members suffering from addiction due to imbibing ILLEGAL drugs...it's just a slap in our faces by those wanting to make all drugs legal.
I get it that that there always have been and always will be those who succumb to doing drugs via temptation...but why make it EASIER by making those drugs legal????
We as a country made it ILLEGAL for teenagers to no longer be able to purchase freakin' cigarettes, yet NOW we as a citizenry want to make it LEGAL for our teenagers when they're ADULTS to be able to legally buy weed and mushrooms that ALTER their brains/mindset...just don't smoke cigarettes!!! smh.
Oregon was one of the many states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.
They grow twice as much as they use, now ... and have a 6 year "stockpile".
Yet the price hasn't come down. Why? A case of government keeping prices artificially high, to collect more taxes?
That, and the market is limited. It's a commodity which can't be transported across state lines.
EH, whenever the GOVERNMENT gets involved in ANYTHING to solve a problem, they ultimately always make that problem worse.....
FACT, back in the 80's when the GOVERNMENT(Al Gore's wife being a bored housewife of an elitist US Senator) became concerned about the lame innuendo music lyrics in heavy metal music back in the 80's, that were supposedly corrupting our youth back then.....therefore the GOVERNMENT had their silly hearings...that ONLY resulted in the GOVERMENT passing a law for record companies being forced to put those PARENTAL WARNINGS on music.. which ultimately only led to teenagers WANTING to BUY the crap music that had a PARENTAL WARNING label on that album/CD....thus why ever since then, it is now the norm for kids/teenagers of today to here the N word, the F word and the C word in music...because ya know the GOVERNMENT got involved to stop those OFFENSIVE Heavy Metal innuendo lyrics of "you shook me all night long", smh.
Spot on!! Every time the government creates an artificial condition of scarcity, whether by warnings on media or outright bans on chemical substances, it actually PROMOTES and ENHANCES consumption of the targeted product.
The relative simpletons of the Prohibition era finally came to understand this, but then, for them, the true agenda wasn't about amassing state power as it is today.
Bingo....eh yet due to the politically ILL INFORMED in our country being indoctrinated (aided and abetted) by our News/Entertainment media and Public Schools....these clueless SJW all just blindly and IGNORANTLY believe and regurgitate whatever their celebrity idols/Democrat MASTERS tell them to spew....not having a clue that by doing so, is only guaranteeing a 2nd term for President Trump.