With weed, it's illegal now, and I'm quite happy with the status quo. I don't think society benefits from having a million more stoners laying around in front of their playstations, and I believe that legalization would lead to more people abusing the drug.
I take a practical approach to the issue.
Prohibition failed because, ultimately, the general public wanted to drink. Thankfully, the general public doesn't want to get stoned..... that's pretty much left up to old hippies and teenagers.
Drugs are bad-and I have little sympathy for people who screw up with drugs. But this war on drugs has caused far more problems than it as solved
In my mind, you don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. If the war on drugs has been a failure, if it has resulted in unintended casualties, then the right question to ask is what can we do to ramp up our efforts in order to put the drug lords out of business?
I listen to what you say and it leads me to believe that we should do MORE. We should crack down harder. Not give up.
that's a cop out. The war on drugs has been a failure for the public. Its been great for the government in terms of the power it has given the government, and the money it gets.
your concept of libertarianism is really interesting to me based on those sentiments. what other constitutional rights do you want to jettison to advance this war? legalizing drugs will put the drug lords out of business faster than any of your constitutional-bruising schemes. and tell me where the federal government actually got a proper power to tell the citizens of say Colorado that they are violating FEDERAL drug laws by smoking reefer grown and sold exclusively inside that state?
I think my approach is the practical one, but it's all smoke anyway. It'll be a long time before the political sophistication exists in North America to repeal the prohibition on drugs.
He who knows the least obeys the best.