Meth cannot be made safe.
But who would ever use meth, if they could have cocaine?
Besides, if the bulk of an item's price is taxes, what is to stop cocaine from being cheaper than meth? Assuming, of course, that with cheap cocaine available anyone would choose meth, even if it were that little bit cheaper.
People pierce there tongues for cryin' out loud -- somebody will do almost anything.
There will always be people who do insane things because they think that normalcy is dull, and an infringement of their rights/.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
Addictive drugs are bad for the brain, we know that, but they are highly concentrated versions and forms of simple plants, taken by people who seek for some reason excessive amounts of dopamine, probably because their dopamine supply has been exhausted from the rigors and overwork of working for someone else, and not benefitting, only sustaining. This can wreak havoc on the mind, leading unusual or un logical decisions. they are abusing the coca and poppy plants, extracting them, and using them for a quick rush. if these plants were allowed to grow, they would not be used in such an excessive and wild manner,
and the great people of the village would become accustomed, and experienced with them, probably chewing them for a buzz, but not mainlining it for there is no reason for mainlining the drug, when it grows in abundance. People have personal choice, influenced by their peers, friends and family, on whether to use, or whether to be responsible with it. also forced taxation for anything without consent is a violation of the laws of the republic of the united states (republic, for which it stands which means my rights and laws are written once, and cannot be voted away by some ranting cattle majority.
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
In any case, reviewing the information has contributed to my reticence about advocating for legalization. The drug does seem so extremely addictive and the damage so surprisingly extensive that I am just not sure that we can simply allow it.
In my view, the people starting up the use of it would have to be either ignorant or insane. In either case, perhaps we should protect them from themselves. In a later post you mention anecdotal reasons why people do start up. My experience has been different than yours. The people I know (and I do know considerably more than just the people whose story I told) started using either because of self-medicating for depression or because they just wanted to have a little fun and thought it would be safe to use every once in a while.
Alot of people don't know or don't believe the stories about how addictive it is. They see people having a great time, and by the time those people have sunk into oblivion, they are out of sight of the normal social venues. Many people seem not to have the skills or the know how concerning how to evaluate scientific and medical claims; and when they've never seen it first hand, it is simply not credible (to them). I class these people as ignorant, and not necessarily wilfully so. I feel sorry for them mostly.
If drugs were legalized, the black market would be eliminated and the vast majority of drug-related crimes would vanish overnight.
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
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