I also know the psychology of prohibition, and how poorly it works. Addicts will be addicts regardless, but in decriminalizing drugs we open pathways to better, more successful,a nd often cheaper means of handling them. Portugal still punishes those who sell drugs, but those who use drugs aren't treated as criminals. They're offered aid...help to pursue a different path.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
Pot is a gateway drug to harder drugs because dealers often traffic in more than one drug and want to increase their sales. If pot is legal, does it follow then that less people would be exposed to the availability to harder drugs, and that possibly that lessened availability lowers the number of new addicts? Legalizing heroin would nullify that effect.
Again, I realize there is probably a fallacy to that argument, but I wanted to at least attempt to reply to you.
I actually would bet she DOES (the smile is nice!) and I dont mind a little meat on the bones. Just wish she would wear a shirt that fits and the thong...I mean...come on...that thing is LOST in there...
Wasnt posting it to knock heavy girls BTW...just in response to the moronic "marijuana is for smelly stringy haired hippy" post.
I think that a licensing system for the "hard" [alkaloids] drugs would be somewhat useful. Require registration in a publicly available database, a licensing fee, and a test--all per drug eg one license for opiates, one license for cocaine, one license for speed, etc
Then, there's an educational process in place to pass the test [even if it's entirely self directed]. It becomes a matter of public record. It generates some amount of income.
I may be wrong.
As far as harder drugs are concerned, decriminalization of use but not sales is probably best. It keeps addicts and their behavior "in the light", if that makes sense. Lets everybody see how the drug affects them/their lives, lets those close to them help because there's less reason to hide their use.
When I was a kid and just started smoking pot, one of my friend's mom's was THE white heroin dealer in San Diego. New York mob family. Seeing those people in their addiction kept ALL of us away from it because we didn't want to be that way forever. And heroin is forever.
The only other thing I really support is objective, honest information about drugs for our kids and everyone else.
I have met more than one person who, after discovering that pot didn't drive them insane as they had been told, screwed themselves good with some other drug.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Having it illegal to sell drugs is one of the main reasons for why prohibition causes problems instead of solving them. Mexico could decriminalize all drugs, but the cartels would still be in charge of the market. As long as it's illegal to sell drugs, the market belongs to thugs. Decriminalization is a step in the right direction, but it's only half of the solution.