BTW....I am no supporter of the recreational use of drugs, be they legal, illegal or whatever, and my personal choice is to avoid them (cigs, alcohol and illegals). People usually behave like jerks and assholes when drunk, or stoned, or in withdrawal, or whatever terminology people care to use to describe their intoxicated or addicted state.
It is the choice of the individual if he/she wishes to indulge. Leave big intrusive government out of this!
People should be responsible for their actions, and if they get hooked on heroin or get a heart attack from using ecstacy, or get lung cancer from smoking tobacco or cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol, then that should be their look out. The health information is out there and widely available.
In court, ignorance of the law is no defense. So should it be regarding the health risks of all intoxicating substances. I am not in favor of the government nannying us all and criminalizing people regarding what chemical junk they decide to shove into their systems, when the facts of drugs are wellknown.
I resent wholeheartedly the government using my tazpayer $$$ to keep hundreds of thousands of mostly young and naive people locked up, mixing with gangbangers and hardened violent criminals, learning the tools of the criminal trade in the Universities of Crime, aka the penal system.
Some interesting reading re. the wat of drugs:
and, extracted from a linked site:
In Rethinking Drug Prohibition Peter Webster also points out that there are multiple factors sustaining the Drug War:
1.It's a useful tool for politicians seeking to whip up the electorate.
2.It profits the prison industry and even the weapons industry.
3.Legalization would threaten the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.
4.Legalization would threaten the profits of the tobacco and alcohol industries.
5.Users of marijuana and psychedelics are less enamored of material consumption, so legalization would threaten the profits of those promoting consumerism.
6.Drug prohibition facilitates control of the population.
7.Enforcement agencies (police, DEA, customs, etc.) profit greatly from the civil asset forfeiture laws.
8.The illegality and high prices for heroin and cocaine allows the CIA to obtain secret funding for its activities.
9.The Drug War has lead to draconian "money laundering" laws, which are a way for the U.S. to pry into the details of everyone's financial transactions.
10.The Drug War provides an excuse for invasions of South and Central American countries.
11.Following the demise of the Red Threat another scapegoat is needed, and "drugs" (and drug users) are it.
12.The Drug War provides a distraction from the failure of the U.S. government to solve the real problems facing U.S. society (poverty, unemployment, poor health and educational systems, etc.).
13.The Drug War is a tool of racism, providing an excuse to disenfranchise the black population.
14.The DEA is a major bureaucracy and lives from the Drug War, so it's in the interests of the DEA to keep the "drug menace" on the front burner.15.Puritanism is a major component of the American psyche, and the advocates of drug prohibition appeal to this.
16.For the U.S. govt. to reverse its stance on drug prohibition would mean admitting it was wrong, which it will never do.
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