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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

Cal18 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:53 AM
I've strongly opposed drug legalization all of my life. However, we've reached a point where it's a losing game. We don't have the societal will to end drug use. It would take draconian enforcement and the death penalty to rid us of this scourge. We spend billions fighting it and jailing people and the demand for drugs continues to grow. Legalizing drugs means more child abuse and more road deaths and suicides--all terrible. But unless we can get serious about ending the scourge (which we wont because we can't) it's time to admit we will have "pot shops" and "ABC-drugstores" in every town. At least we can tax it and keep it pure. I hate admitting this but we are NOT winning the war on drugs and never will doing it like we are.
exterminate Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 2:59 PM
You believe the death penalty is effective in stemming drug use? Do you know where that is actually part of the arsenal? Iran. Guess what has happened since they instituted that law? They now have the highest rate of addiction on the planet. Over 8%. Our rate is less than 2%. Why is it that people believe that by making something insanely profitable to sell, less people will sell it? Is there something about economic theory that Americans just don't understand? How many drug dealers do you think we would have it we gave away drugs for free? Exactly zero. So Americans, in order to try to get to zero drug dealers, make drugs as profitable as possible. That's how the DEA measures it success, by the increase in street prices.
Rich L. Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:45 PM
Please stop with the common sense, there is no place for that kind of talk in this arguement. The Zero has decided that it was OK for him to partake as a youth, but it is not OK for you or me. and as our supreme commander, the exalted one knows what is best for everyone, we must obey or the civilian forces will come and get us.
fiddlerMO Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:17 AM
It's NOT a war on drugs, it's a war on people and freedom. Drugs are an in-animate object.
Call it what it really is. A huge money maker for law enforcement agencies and lawyers.
LAPhil Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:14 AM
Cal18, I think you said it all. It may a sad commentary on our times but unfortunately a true one.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...