“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die | TIME.com
So, the notion that Marijuana acts to entice to other drug use is false. And I just don't buy that you can say what you would have done, or anyone else would have done. I am inclined to say that people who like the idea of altering their consciousness will choose to do so, and will start with SOMETHING.Every year, the federal government funds two huge surveys on drug use in the population. Over and over they find that the number of people who try marijuana dwarfs that for cocaine or heroin. For example, in 2009, 2.3 million people reported trying pot — compared with 617,000 who tried cocaine and 180,000 who tried heroin.
We could say that the thrill of skiing leads people who are Adrenalin junkies to learn to skydive, where many are killed. Nobody just jumps out of a plane unless they are bat**** crazy. Etc.
Many of the most fun things in life are also deadly. So, I will just say that if our goal is to save lives, legalization will make drug use safer. Taxing illegal drugs enough to pay for rehabs, which are not available right now for people who need them, would make addiction less deadly. Instead of channelling profits into drug kingpins coffers, we could channel them into recovery programs for addicts. We can also much more easily regulate hard drugs if they are legal. We can then squeeze them into vastly reduced use, like we have done with cigarettes.
So, the saving of lives through prohibition argument is ass backwards, in my book.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
Yes, silly me...addressing what he actually said and what hte articles title was and what hte OP focused on and what people were largely responding to, including yourself...and not just the overall tone you felt.Of course you're only addressing a portion of Paul's statement. The other part tended to suggest disapproval of marijuana use in general.
Yeah, he sounds disapproving of pot use. So? If THAT was your focus, your original comment was even more ridiculous. Not to mention, one doesn't need to "approve" of something to feel it needs to be decriminalized or legalized.