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Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

BIGSKYER Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 3:11 PM
Ah yes, legalize everything, since the idea is that it's going to happen anyway. New modern America, no holds barred, anything goes. Nice to know that plane pilots, doctors, police, fire fighters, medics, even our politicians would have freedom to smoke a joint, shoot up, use LSD, and many of the drugs that cause craziness, and still have the effects when going on duty or on shift. Can you imagine the crew of a hospital's emergency getting high on their break, or cop stopping you for a traffic infraction high on speed? Anyway, if that's what you want America, I say go for it. If that's the type of freedom you want, go for it? Is this country great or what?.
Mike23 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 4:14 PM
Yes it is a great country! With rights come responsibility. Your hysterical rhetoric is right out of the prohibitionist's handbook. How about looking towards countries that have a successful, saner, more compassionate drug policy, like Portugal for a better policy.
BIGSKYER Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 6:39 PM
Hysterical Rhetoric? I am no prohibitionist, but have been around long enough to become a realist! Yeah, I have heard of all those countries who supposedly have the answers when it comes to dealing with drugs. I think Switzerland was one of the first to try it, and they have a socialist government like the rest, so it wouldn't matter to them the cost of rehabilitation of the addicts anyway. Here right now, we get stung by paying taxes to to sober up those whose lack of responsibility and presence of fore thought got them to where they are. Would that change if drugs were legal? I doubt it!
kozzzer Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 3:30 PM
Just as we have laws saying you cannot endanger others when using alcohol, there are already laws against flying planes high, or a doctor performing surgery high/drunk. Do you advocate the criminalization of alcohol? Because if you are using all of these extreme hypotheticals, then alcohol, and anything that could possibly lead to impairment, should be banned.

These actions you mention are putting people in danger. Getting high or drunk, in the privacy of one's home, does not.
Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days.

I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid...