I have too - lots of it. A charity I work with takes in the homeless, most are addicted to meth or opiates these days. It's devastating. But the War on Drugs didn't stop them from getting high or getting drugs. And the jail where I sometimes volunteer probably 80% according to our host are there as a direct result of drugs. So we put them in jail, they get a felony record, we spend $100,000 to house them for a few years, and what have we accomplished? Not a damn thing - if they were dealers, someone took their place the day they were arrested. If they were users and didn't get treated in jail, most will use again when they get out, if they aren't using while in prison, which is rampant.illegal drugs....pot, cocaine, heroin, pills, crack and many many more are harmful to our society, and to the individuals that consume them
i have seen it firsthand.....
I've also seen the ravages of alcohol and alcoholism, and in my part of the world alcohol is the main killer, drunk driving, diseases directly related to alcohol use, etc.
Except alcohol apparently.i will fight the legalization of all drugs, period
I don't care if they get high, same as the roughly 70% of Americans who drank in the past 12 months, and the 56% of Americans who drink and get high each month. I care a great deal about the $225 billion that alcohol abuse cost us last year, AND the $190 billion attributed to illicit drug abuse including prescription drugs.you will fight for the other side.....we both seem to have our minds completely made up
and maybe you dont care if people take drugs or "get high".......i do
I'm not convinced the War on Drugs does a thing to help the situation, and especially don't believe pot is any more dangerous than the drug alcohol. The charity takes in a lot of people with addictions, but pot isn't the main addiction of any of them. Alcohol plays a major or contributing role in almost all of them.
Last edited by JasperL; 02-05-15 at 05:46 PM.
That's something modern-day America doesn't do for anything.
Our only obligation is to mitigate the harm from a small percentage of drug abusers of all kinds. We have decided that for some drugs we will allow them to be promoted and sold at every street corner, and use the criminal justice system to punish harmful acts, not the drug use itself. Why is that not an appropriate approach for other drugs?
In my area, speeding on the freeway is the norm. People in my neighborhood park in an amazing variety of illegal ways, and aren't ticketed. I drive and park relatively sanely, because I've seen people injured by car incidents, and I don't want to cause one.
Likewise tax evasion is apparently very common, yet largely goes by the wayside. The Feds may punish thousands, but hundreds of thousands skate. I pay my taxes because I'm too lazy to cheat, and because I don't begrudge paying my share of the cost of government.
The law can't stop murder either (I've read we make arrests in about 50-70% of murders) but most people refrain because they understand it's wrong.
And I was talking about the government strongarming adults, not parents strongarming kids.
Do you have any other examples? I'm hard-pressed to think of anything the government actually successfully enforces outside a prison, courtroom, or military operation.