A friend of mine's Mom is in the end-stages of Emphysema, she's going to die a horrible death, slowly suffocating in her own mucus, literally drowning to death, the slowest way possible.
Obviously, society would be better off we made tobacco illegal, right? RIGHT?
Another friend of mine's father drank himself to death. Cirrhosis of the liver and pancreantitis gave him a miserable departure from this earthly plane of existence. Given the potential for abuse of this drug, our society would OBVIOUSLY be better off if the government attempted to prohibit its use, right? RIGHT?
Obviously, the answer to both of these scenarios is a resounding "NO".
On what moral or philosophical stance can one stand on to sanction throwing people in prison, (with the risks of being attacked/raped/murdered) for choosing a DIFFERENT psycho-active substance? Not only that, but to do this in a "free society"? I mean, come ON, we can't even keep it out of our PRISONS, and you want to sacrifice MORE Constitutional protections for the sake of protecting people from themselves?
Before 1913, any CHILD could LEGALLY walk into a neighborhood General Store or Pharmacy and buy PURE morphine, PURE coccain, ETC. Amazingly enough, there was no such thing as a "drug crisis" back then. Sure, there were users of such drugs, BUT the habits only cost PENNIES per day for the user and they were allowed to function normally in our society.
Dr. Andrew Weil, (PH.D General Practice Medicine Harvard, and Bachelors Degree in Botany) says that heroin is one of the least toxic, non-damaging drugs one can take. A perfect example of this is Dr. William Halsted, the father of American surgery and founder of Johns Hopkins Medical Center, was a morphine user all of his adult life. No one, with the exception of a few friends, even knew of his addiction. This was because he had access to PURE morphine, not street-bought/toxic/chemical-laced/filled-in stuff that's available on the street now.
My point with the preceding paragraph is that ANY drug CAN be used RESPONSIBLY or ABUSED. There are no absolutes.
Micheal Banks made a comment on another post that I made about this topic. In particular, it was about street cocaine being laced with toxic chemicals and it was killing users. Mr. Banks asked the question of where personal responsibility comes into play, and questioned why I blamed the government for this. (correct me if I'm wrong ok Mike?) Here is the answer: Back during alcohol prohibition, many black-market dealers made toxic bathtub gin with wood alcohol (Methanol), this caused many MANY people to die or go totally blind before they knew that they were in trouble. This is what prohibition does, it creates violent black markets that don't have the NORMAL market pressures to establish a respected brand-name for their product. For instance, Bayer, the company that makes Asprin (people die of Asprin poisoning every year too BTW) used to sell
pure cocaine and morphine. They had a respected reputation to uphold, so they didn't put dangerous chemicals into their product just to make a cut. http://wings.buffalo.edu/aru/preprohibition.htm
There is a HUGE WORLD of unintended consequences that are directly attributed to the Unconstitutional Prohibition of select Psycho-active substances, and I only touched the tip of the Iceberg.
One final thought:
You may say to yourself "If drugs were legal, I would be dead now". I'm in no position to argue the merit of that claim, obviously. But, if you support prohibition of drugs on that basis, are you not, by definition, claiming that your life is more important than all the victims of the laws that keep these drugs reasonably safe, regulated, and guaranteed for quality? Aren't you by definition claiming that your life is more important than all the innocent people that have been gunned down in a drive-by shooting that was motivated by drug sales? Aren't you by definition claiming that the hope of keeping you from hurting yourself via government force is a reasonable thing, even if other people are dying that otherwise never would have? Where is the logic in that?
Ok...............lol enough for now.
WOOPS!!! ONE last comment. Animals are victims of the drug war too. (MAJOR TRIGGERS for dog lovers)