Prohibition was a miserable failure in the 1920’s, creating organized crime, failing to stop the use of alcohol, and was eventually repealed. But, we have learned nothing from that as governments prohibit drugs, restrict gun ownership, and fail to realize that these inanimate objects do not heed legislation. Further, is it any of government’s business what you choose to ingest and why? And, do people REALLY believe that criminals will give up guns if legislation outlaws them? No. Only law-abiding people (who are not the problem) will give up their guns, while criminals will keep theirs. Does it make sense to create legislation that restricts the 99.999% that are NOT the problem and does almost nothing to the 0.001% that ARE the problem. This is insanity! Einstein defined it as repeating the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Well, how are those drugs laws working for you?
Government– that is, We, the People– have a right to restrict what people DO in public or to others or others’ property, but NOT what they choose to ingest and, largely but not entirely, what they own. Driving a car under the influence of ANY mind or coordination-altering substance, whether natural, synthetic, electronic or otherwise, or for hostile or criminal behavior, but NOT what we think, own, or ingest.
Portugal decriminalized all drug use and the result has been that crime has dropped dramatically, and drug use itself has dropped considerably. Their enlightened view is that drug abuse is a medical/psychological issue, not a criminal one. Of course, if someone gets themselves addicted to something, then has to commit crimes to acquire it, committing the crimes is already defined as a crime and legislation against the drugs is unwarranted.
When will we, in the United States, wise up? It is said, “follow the money”. Who stands to make money from the illegality of drugs? Law enforcement, the DEA, pharmaceutical companies, the liquor industry, the prison industry, even the cancer industry if anecdotes about marijuana’s anti-cancer properties are true. Many of marijuana’s effects on illnesses and maladies are well known, so imagine someone in misery knowing that a simple plant can provide relief, but being denied that relief. It is unconscionable!
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