Ah see but this is where you are wrong. They tend to binge and go off the deep end and innocent people get hurt. Also they are so addicted that they tend to steal for there next trip. Alot of purse snatching and small store robberies are the direct cause of people looking for just enough money for there next fix.IMPerfection said:Yeah, good work costing innocent people money by raising the price of coke, possibly causing injury through bad or laced coke substituted, and generally reinforcing the oppressive atmosphere in this country. Don't get me wrong, because I have a lot of respect for people who serve and protect our nation and communities, but drug work in general is bullshit. Who gives if some people want to sit around and do lines (not me, I hate cocaine with a passion), or take bong rips, or whatever. Who are they hurting? No one but themselves, at worst. The government has no business being involved, and their involvement just results in everything becoming a criminal activity, and perpetuating organized crime while ruining the lives of innocents. Use the police to enforce something worthwhile, like street racing or robbery.
Sorry Dennis, while I know that plenty of incidents like the ones you describe happen every day, I don't think you realize that people don't USUALLY go nuts like that. I have been familiar with the drug scene several years, and a part of it for over a year, and I know only one person who has ever needed to go to rehab, and he was addicted to meth. I know many responsible frequent cocaine users, mostly young adults and a couple teens who get their money honestly, don't overuse the drug, and treat it with respect. Hell, the only three heroin users I've ever met, are all eminent individudals, respected at their jobs and in general in life. The government wants to villianize drug use because they DON'T profit from it. Opium was outlawed to supress the Asian immigrant workers, marijuana to control the mexicans, and cocaine/crack to check the African-American population. The tax act on Marijuana in 1937 was just the nail in the coffin for personal freedom to use substances not legitimized by the government, because the government doesn't get a cut. There are so many reasons that our drug policy needs to be revamped, the most pressing of which (besides the indisputable infringement on personal rights) is the economy. Enforcement of marijuana law alone costs the federal and state governments a combined figure of 7.7 BILLION dollars PER YEAR. A study conducted by Harvard economists and signed off on by 500 eminent national economists, including Milton Friedman of Stanford, indicated legalizing and taxing marijuana alone, at a similar rate to alcohol and nicotene, would not only erase the 7.7 billion deficit, but also give the government over 6 billion dollars in revenue yearly, besides undercutting crime nationally and creating jobs.dennisred69 said:Ah see but this is where you are wrong. They tend to binge and go off the deep end and innocent people get hurt. Also they are so addicted that they tend to steal for there next trip. Alot of purse snatching and small store robberies are the direct cause of people looking for just enough money for there next fix.