Yes, abortion is contentious still, but it is contentious even at this late date because Roe v Wade pre-empted the state-level dialogs that were taking place on abortion, stopping then and preventing now the achievement of any lasting consensus on the issue.
Drug legalization is contentious now, but like all issues of the moment, it should be. People have differing opinions, and differing levels of passion about those opinions. However, a series of Congressional hearings and debates on drug legalization legislation would be a natural evolution to the contention, and provide the means by which the national consensus that is denied abortion could be reached.
Abortion is the controversy that will not die. Drug laws are a controversy that, handled properly, could die quickly and easily.
(Besides, don't I at least get some props for disagreeing with you again and preventing an unravelling of the space-time continuum?)
Last edited by celticlord; 05-17-09 at 08:26 PM.
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The policy is too expensive and it is having the opposite of the desired effect.
Legalize it. Regulate it. Control it. Tax it. And then pass and enforce draconian laws against anyone intoxicated in public, intoxicated while driving, and intoxicated while being the sole supervision of a child. Treat deliberate intoxication of a child as felony child abuse, and levy massive fines against anyone found providing marijuana or other intoxicants to minors.
This is still subject to my belief that the age of adulthood ought to be fifteen. But as long as the laws are structured the way they are now, the age for legal purchase and consumption of marijuana should be set at 21.
My preference is that all drugs be decriminalized on the Fedral level. And any ban, if there must be one, be held on the State level. Failing that just let pog go legal. In addition to the benifits that others have brought up do not forget hemp would be a good cash crop if only we would not have the federal goverment being paranoid about secrect batches. Also the federal goverment would have one less reason to monitor the energy consuption of our homes.
To maybe step slightly farther out of the box is it maybe time to consider looking at the legalizing of all drugs. I don't see that this would be so awful. How many people have done or do drugs. Weed should definitely be made legal it is not a societal problem.
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