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The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

Mike23 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 12:29 PM
You're talking about changing human nature. If you care to be a teatotaller, fine, but others should be able to make that decision the way they see fit. With rights come responsibilities.
Mike23 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 8:26 PM
This is what I read. ""What are the charges?

This June Usada charged Armstrong with drug trafficking and using banned steroids, the red blood cell booster erythropoietin (EPO), and human growth hormone as well as illegal blood transfusions dating back to 1986.
What evidence does Usada have?

It claims to have incriminating blood samples taken in 2009 and 2010 – the last two years of Armstrong's cycling career – and testimonies from up to 10 former team-mates.
Hasn't Armstrong been implicated in doping scandals before?
Curtis108 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 7:24 PM
Nice that you know Armstrong was doping. Prove it. What? You can't? Because he passed 500 drug tests? Then what are you talking about?
Mike23 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 2:50 PM
I'm not a fan of drug testing. I've seen people come to work with hangovers, but would be considered "Sober" yet their performance was definitely impaired. A mechanical/dexterity and reaction test would be a better indicator of a persons ability to do tasks. (Lance Armstrong passed over 500 drug tests yet he was using PED's throughout his career.) Drug tests are a money maker for prohibitionists.
In any event, nothing justifies the caging of nearly a million Americans a year for using a substance which has been proven to be safe than ones which are currently legal.
The Henningfield-Benowitz substance comparison charts
Nicotine. Cocaine. Caffeine. Marijuana. Benowitz. Henningfield. Less < Addict
Richard1805 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 2:06 PM
I'm not a teatotaller, but I am a responsible adult. The problem with other, less detectable substances being legal is, in our tort system, how to assess blame- you would need to blood/ urine test everyone to determine if there was impairment as a factor in the outcome. Make your decisions, if they turn out poorly accept consequences. We live in a "always have an excuse" society. Please understand nobody ever says "I screwed up" any more.
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...