People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Pass it first, then deal with the feds. Obama may do the smart thing again and claim it is a state law and off limits to the feds.
I hope it does pass, not because I might then be legally permitted to smoke this stuff. (I quit smoking a while ago).
My reasoning is the same as what happened after the repeal of Prohibition, it drove the criminals to other pursuits.
However I personally would take it one step further and decriminalize all individual holdings of all drugs, while at same time giving an automatic death sentence to all illegal drug dealers or traffickers.
Naturally there would need to be a certain set amount that an individual was permitted to have on their person.
Last edited by jujuman13; 03-25-10 at 02:26 PM.
I am a libertarian in heart, but registered a Republican. I am also graduating with a Criminal Justice degree. I have seen and learned first hand how messed up our Criminal Justice system is with things like the "three strikes law" that CA has etc. So many prisons are full to the breaking point of marijuana uses who have used it multiple times it's absurd! We need to legalize marijuana to free up space in jails and prisons and to free up law enforcement all across the board. It is high time to let people get high if they want to. And this is coming from someone who has never toked any in his life, use reason people!
Legalize it all. It'll thin the herd.
I agree, to a substantial degree. But still, money is power, prestige and influence. Take away most of their source of revenue: that will drastically reduce their power, prestige and influence. It should cut down at least some on gang-related and drug-related violence.
That would be if we legalized the production/supply chain, and regulated it and taxed it, but still kept it far cheaper than the black-market stuff.
And yeah, to have a really big impact it would have to be more than just mj... and that's where I'm not so sure how far we should go.
On the one hand I don't think weed is even AS bad as booze, but crack is a different matter and meth is a whole different ballgame. I have a hard time with the idea of legalizing something as toxic as meth.
On the one hand, if someone wants to destroy their body (quickly at that) with meth, that's their decision. OTOH, would making it legal and readily available increase the number of users? Is putting the stamp of legalistic approval on something so toxic the right thing to do?
Last edited by Goshin; 03-25-10 at 04:35 PM.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
There are studies showing that the use of marijuana won't go up with legalization. Perhaps the same is true of hard drugs.
Addiction is a disease and one way of treating it is to give a hit. Perhaps this is a way to view legalization.
When you go to the DC (Drug Control) and buy your hits, you are automatically sent to rehab. You can do the hits, but they will be your last.
What is more important and valuable, reducing the harm caused by criminal networks or reducing the harm caused by personal use? For pot, it is clearly the first. For other drugs?