Amen Amen Amen
Our law enforcement officers should cease acting like soldiers at war and return to being peace officers.
Thanks TOT, police officers take an oath to serve the public and uphold the law. Government intervention led by liberals has militarized them and sent them on a mission in the "War on Drugs" it's unfortunate but true that a disproportionate amount of blacks are poor and are into this business; culminating in a disproportionate amount of encounters with the police. It's ridiculous for liberals to assume that the police has a war against blacks and that they along with the rest of white society feel he same about blacks as some whites did during the days of slavery up to the civil rights movement. The war on drugs triangulating with police enforcements are a big problem that can be fixed with the right leadership.
The failed War on Drugs is not privy to just Liberals. Both Political concepts including Conservatives share the perpetration of this lost cause.
Stating that just Liberal support militarization for the war on drugs is disingenuous and terribly inaccurate.
I agree the WAR on DRUGS is LOST. Drugs won. We have learned NOTHING from Prohibition. If people want something bad enough they will find a way to get it.
Legalize ALL drugs. Take the money away from the drug cartels. Use the tax money to eliminate needless bueauracracies and the cost of government and imprisonment, reduce crime committed by users and addicts committed to support their use, thus reducing the stress placed upon the backed-up judicial system. Take substantial portions of the tax from drugs to educate and treat users.
WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM PROHIBITION. NOTHING.
Thanks Jimmy, you're right I went off on an emotional roller coaster for a moment and blamed just liberals; however conservatives have their share of the burden too.
The war on drugs is lost, and as you know I agree on your solution too it and let me admit right now that I know more people that are progressive liberal that agree with this plan more than are conservatives.
Now we need to teach more blacks that our problem as a whole in American society will be much better when we adjust and change our culture to the betterment of ourselves leading to
the betterment of American society as a whole.
The war on drugs is over and drugs won.
Some on the left and some on the right caused this forty plus years of insanity.
I don't think I am ready to legalize all recreational drugs.
Especially not cocaine.
Cocaine is the most destructive substance I've ever encountered.
I personally have known a dozen or more whose lives have been destroyed by that evil substance. Most of them are in the graveyard but a few of them are still around and they are virtually worthless.
All presently illegal drugs are immensely profitable to the Drug Cartels. If people want it, they are going to find a way to get it. Cocaine be it in powder form or in Crack form is indeed dangerous. However, I disagree in that we will allow the Drug Cartel to proliferate and narco-terrorism will blossom by their taking advantage of its illegality. I submit that we legalize along with all the substances, take the money via taxation of them and thereby deny the cartels their billions, then educate, treat, eliminate useless ineffective bureaucracies, reduce crime and thusly prison populations and on and on.
Yes. Cocaine is bad. I think Crystal Meth is worse tho and that one gives me pause. But, again...if people want it...they are going to get it. So, I would reluctantly throw meth into the legalization mix. Very reluctantly.
Drug Cartels tho, are in the business of making money. So it is possible they could find a way around legalization of the drugs by offering cheaper versions.
Going out on a limb here, but an absolute option would be placement of some sort of euphoric drug blocking chip in the brains of all humans. But, that sounds vaguely religiously Book of Revelations regarding humans being bestowed with 'a mark' nearing END TIMES.
Anybody got any other ideas?
PS@Funk: I appreciate your not rubbing my nose in my go to guy Cornell West's comments. Very gentlemanly and classy of you. I know the hell I raise here as a Liberal Democrat might would have provided others of lesser motives and intentions to flat out hammer me to death with his comments. (Not that I could not take it) Nevertheless, thank you.
It's sounds good on paper but one thing our country is good is excess... I think a more balanced approach that still excludes Cocaine, Meth, to name a few. I do concur that Mary Jane should be a non-issue at this point because you don't even need a dealer; you can grow it on your own if you want it that bad... Just starting with Ms. MJ would have an enormous impact regarding the legal system, penal populations, and crime. End "Reefer Madness" and we can start assessing the impact and make future decisions for other illegal drugs based on any success realized. It's a start...
I have long believed that the only way to stop cocaine is to do so at the border with much tighter security.
It is senseless that foreigners can just walk across from Mexico without identifying themselves.
Cocaine cannot be produced in this country.
Marijuana will grow almost anywhere.
legalizing Marijuana has already caused a spike in homelessness in Denver. while it might seem harmless, but it's not harmless to everyone.
Those who abuse alcohol or drugs already has the preponderance of being subject to our nations homeless population. I dare say however that if you were to look up the statistics you would find that alcohol and prescription drugs far out weigh the dangers of the wacky weed. All of the above have the potential to negatively impact ones well being. The reality is the refer is no more dangerous than alcohol and at least ending the enormous burden it places on our legal system alone would have a positive result. As for being a gateway drug, I am not really convinced as alcohol in most cases reduces ones inhibitions and is just as much the culprit.