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The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

c136 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM
This is a frustrating issue for libertarians (like myself) because it's such a no-brainer. I believe in individual rights, I own myself, I should be allowed to eat or drink or ingest whatever I want. Period. I don't want to argue about it anymore than I want to argue that 1+1=2.
Corbett_ Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:29 AM
You own yourself? Did you make yourself? Did you form yourself in the womb? If not, how can you possibly own yourself?

Mind you, the state doesn't own you either.

I am against the war on drugs, but you really need to come up with a better argument.
Joseph64 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:28 AM
When what you ingest causes impairment that could result in the death or injury of others, then it becomes our business whether you are allowed to do it or not.
Doug5049 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:33 AM
So if somebody smokes pot in his own home and doesn't drive, is that OK with you? it's OK with me. I don't want my tax money wasted arresting and/or prosecuting him. Being a loser is not the same as being a criminal.
inkling_revival Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:37 AM
"When what you ingest causes impairment that could result in the death or injury of others, then it becomes our business whether you are allowed to do it or not."

For which reason nobody here would object to laws prohibiting the operation of automobiles or heavy machinery while under the influence of narcotics, same as they exist for the use of alcohol.

The counterproductive war on drugs is not required to achieve what you're talking about.
c136 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 12:45 PM
Joseph, you are trying to use the line of reasoning that one action might lead to another action, that might lead to a crime. That's a bunch of BS, mental gymnastics. Sorry, you're wrong. Get over it. We need to legalize drugs and start worrying about more important things like the 16 trillion in debt that liberals and conservatives are unwilling to address.
Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs. Now we lock up more of our people than any other country -- more even than the authoritarian regimes in Russia and China.

A war on drugs -- on people, that is -- is unworthy of a country that claims to be free.

Unfortunately, this outrage probably won't be discussed in Tampa or Charlotte.

The media (including Fox News) run frightening stories about Mexican cocaine cartels and marijuana gangs. Few of my colleagues stop to think that this is...