socialsue wrote: In my opinion alcohol is way more damaging than marijuana.
Star wrote: Well I'm meeting him for drinks tonight, you know cause I'm his high class..Very high paid (prostitute)...but I'll keep it on the hush hush lol
knightss wrote:I guess we're really not talking about the legalization of all drugs here... just the ones that are 'less' damaging... unless of course we want to take a Brave New World view and administer some kind of opiate to the populace. Anywho, I don't smoke but I think legalizing it would cut down crime a certain degree.. you can make the Taoist argument that less laws equals less crime. Then again, it's not weed that people are killing each other for.. it's the hard stuff, so, even if it were legalized, deaths related to drugs would continue. It's an issue with a double-edge sword, either way you're going to get sliced a bit.
To cap things up, I don't see a problem with allowing small doses of marijuana for individual use to be legal. The laws right now aren't preventing anybody.. i know so many pot heads and they seem to be getting younger and younger.
Also, instead of the government putting all this money into the ineffective war on drugs, they could be using the taxes on the substance to fund other things... maybe education or health care... but most likely the war in a iraq. lol
knightss wrote:Also, instead of the government putting all this money into the ineffective war on drugs, they could be using the taxes on the substance to fund other things... maybe education or health care... but most likely the war in a iraq. lol
KaeMartyndale wrote:I hope this reply makes sense, but as I feel disgusting with this cold is it very possible that it might not.
I definitely agree that people aren't killing each other for pot. There's actually one case where I live right now where a guy killed a drug dealer because he gave him bad crack. But I still don't think that making them illegal makes it any BETTER. I think that if we just accepted that people are going to do this sh*t, and tried to figure out what we can do instead of trying to put them in jail that it might make more of a difference. Think harm reduction like needle exchange but on a grander scale.
Generally if your life is f**k up by drugs, there are plenty of other things in the works to. If we started seriously working on homelessness, poverty, abuse, etc. then we might see a decline in the number of people who need to escape from their lives via drugs.
Woah. But anyway, I also wanted to applaud an American citizen thinking about taxation in a positive light. I think that there are many things that a balanced taxation system would benefit in the good ole US of A. If the funding for the bombing of innocent people in Iraq was instead given to the health care system, etc. My very very Canadian very very hopped up on cold opinion is that the US needs three main things, in my opinion. 1) UNiversal health care (I think its totally sad that people die because they can't afford health care. And this is a first world country?) 2) A better education system 3) Guns... at least hand guns being illegal. Which will never happen, like health care system will never happen. But it would f**k fix a lot of problems. Children accidentally shooting themselves/ others, suicide, gun crime. And a bonus would be, if you guys have less guns then hopefully we'd have less illegal handguns coming over our borders. The only purpose of handguns (other than policing) is to kill people. You don't kill deer with handguns.
I should stop my sickly ranting now. as I feel I have likely offended many people. Ick. Please forgive me, I swear its not personal :p
Scott Hughes wrote:It seems most of you feel like I do, which is that, even though drugs may cause problems, criminalizing them makes matters worse.
I've written many blog posts about my views regarding this:
U.S. Incarcerates Most Non-Violent Offenders
State Focuses on Pot Users Instead of Violent Criminals
The Lost War on Drugs
Connecticut Still Wastes Its Resources
Reduce Crime by Repealing Drug Prohibition
Poverty and the Expensive War on Drugs
Crack Gets More Jail Time Than Manslaughter
I also made a post two days ago about a book I plan to read about legalizing victimless crimes.
Hope wrote:I don't think drugs should be legalised. They ruin people's lives. They destroy lives. And a person who uses them, just ends up hurting themself and the people around him/her. It leaves people unconscious, wastes their money. And what for? Pleasure? Stupidity I must say.
We can clearly see the destruction that drugs does, and the number of people who have got it in reach. So imagine if it was legalised? God, all of society would go corrupt.