POLITICAL: Why legalize drugs?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

http://mobile.alternet.org/alternet/#!/entry/why-good-parents-should-support-drug-legalization,51856679da27f5d9d0ba39d9/7

Why Good Parents Should Support Drug Legalization

May 4, 2013 |
A friend of mine used to laugh when I said I was in favor of legalizing all drugs. He just couldn’t fathom such a position. He told me that if they legalized drugs, “It would take all of the fun out of it.”

Three years after he died of a heroin overdose, I wonder whether he’d be alive now if drugs had been legal.

As a father, I sometimes find myself on the receiving end of an argument that’s a perennial favorite [3] of the hardened drug warrior: Why would I, the father of a nine-year-old girl, advocate for a society awash with legally available drugs?

The answer is simple: My daughter is already growing up in a society in which illegal drugs are easier to procure than alcohol. Unlike the guy behind the counter of my local liquor store, I’ve never known a drug dealer who checked IDs.

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If you buy alcohol you know it’s not cut with rat poison.

If I had a kid, I don’t want the to die for a mistake.

Similarly, I don’t what them to spend time in jail for what is basically a medical condition.

And, like in Prohibition, all the killings are from drug dealer’s turf war.

So I want Walmart, Walgreens, and RiteAid to be the nation’s drug dealers.

We’ll all be better off!

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POLITICAL: The Drug War; caveat emptor?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2012/tle688-20120916-01.html

Marc Victor on the “Drug War”

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The “Drug War” is really a war on people who voluntarily choose to peacefully use drugs. To be free, competent adults must be allowed to decide for themselves what substances they put into their own bodies. Focusing on unhealthy or harmful consequences of drug use is focusing on the wrong question. There is no question but that the use of certain drugs is harmful and unhealthy. Indeed, the use of certain drugs can cause death. Moreover, no person has a right to endanger another person as a result of one’s drug use. If a drug user becomes impaired and operates a motor vehicle recklessly resulting in injuries or violence to another person, that person ought to be subject to criminal charges. Rational people do not disagree on these points. 

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What someone voluntarily put in their own body is their own business.

To ay otherwise implies that someone else is in charge of you.

Of course, there are a huge number of politicians and bureaucrats who will collude with the illegal drug dealers to keep “Prohibition” in effect. It benefits everyone, but “We, The Sheeple”!

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INTERESTING: Prohibition and Drugs

Monday, November 7, 2011

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/KenBur

Prohibition, Civility, and Political Discourse
Ken Burns
National Press Club | Luncheon Speech

Ken Burns talked about his PBS series, Prohibition, which chronicles the ratification, implementation, and eventual repeal of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the era in which the movement took place. He also responded to questions from the audience.

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An outstanding discussion of Prohibition and how it relates to our current state with the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. While I was aware of the relation between the Women’s Rights Movement, I was unaware of of the relation between the Progressives with the Income Tax and the Dry’s who wanted to eviscerate the reliance of the Federal Government on the booze industry taxes. Worth an hour and you can see that past is prologue.

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NEWJERSEY: Partially good; partially dumb

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Community Message has been issued by the South Brunswick Twp Police Department.

Monday July 11, 2011 11:20 PM EDT

FATHER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT BY AUTO, CHILD ENDANGERMENT FOR ACCIDENT THAT CRITICALLY INJURED DAUGHTER

A Somerset County father has been charged with second degree assault by auto and second degree child endangerment, as well as drunk driving and reckless driving following an investigation into a May 21, 2011 accident. The accident took place at the intersection of Ridge Road and New Road in the Monmouth Junction section of the Township. The accident happened when Sarathe Gunaskera age 56 of Bedminster drove his 2001 Lincoln Town Car on New Road through a stop sign and into a Ridge Road home.

The intersection requires drivers on New Road to make a left or right onto Ridge Road. At the time of the accident Gunaskera told officers he drove straight because his GPS did not tell him to turn. An investigation by Officer Monica Posteraro and the South Brunswick Traffic Safety Bureau uncovered evidence the GPS was not to blame. The investigation discovered that Gunaskera was intoxicated at the time of the crash and had just left a gathering near the scene of the crash.

The accident severely injured Gunasekera 13-year-old daughter. She suffered a head injury and multiple facial fractures. His wife was also injured in the crash suffering a severe head laceration. Both have been released from the hospital.

Gunasekera was charged after blood samples submitted to the New Jersey State Police laboratory came back showing his blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit. The severity of the charges was increased because the accident took place within a 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Gunasekera surrendered at South Brunswick Police headquarters at 4:20pm Monday afternoon. He was released after processing and posting $50,000 bail.

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Now I think DUI with it’s numerical limits is dumb.

In this case, there was damage and injury. That’s serious stuff.

In this case, there’s restitution due to all the victims.

The case is probably open and shut. Drinking and accident with personal injury and property damage.

Should throw the book at him … …

… … but not because it was within a 1k feet of a school?

There are hospital bills and emergency services expense that need restitution.

So, “We, The Sheeple” need to be protected from this menace, but it would be interesting to see what really happens.

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TAGONIST: Wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley

Friday, January 28, 2011

The DEA has apologized for the wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley. John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do with the series of drug raids that took place early Thursday in Westchester and Rockland counties. “We sincerely regret that while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for a member of this drug trafficking organization, the innocent McKay family was inadvertently affected by this enforcement operation,” Gilbride said. “Though we take many precautions to prevent this type of incident from happening, drug investigations are very complex and involve many fluid factors,” Gilbride said. “DEA will continue to pursue these criminal organizations to protect the public from the scourge of drug trafficking.”

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PRO-TAGONIST: I’m just glad they were working to stop drug traffickers. Collateral damage is often a byproduct of good yet dangerous work. It’s not like math, 2+2=4, it has many variables, is very risky and uncertainty. But in the end, the more criminals we can stop…some collateral damage along the way is acceptable, to me anyway. It’a like a drone that takes out Al-Qaida terrorists planning an attack. Sometimes there is collateral damage there too, but when compared to the potential loss of lives the terrorists could have done, it is a win. No loss of life or liberty is a good thing…but it’s a mean world out there.

AN-TAGONIST: Little hard if you’re the “collateral damage”! Argh, makes me sick. The family in the Hudson Valley had Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in the home. Sorry, but I’d PUBLICLY discipline folks. If I was the Head of the DEA, I’d put at least a Letter of Reprimand in every single file of ANYONE involved in the raid. Including my own! I’d probably reassign the “Special Agent In Charge” to where ever the North Pole office was located. Nothing will send a message to bureaucrats as a threat to their beloved livelihood of “lifetime employment”. I’d put every other SAIC that a repeat blunder will result in termination. That’s what happens in the real world. One strike and you’re out! Argh! Legalize drugs; we’re all the “collateral damage” in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.]

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RANT: Let’s get adicts “pure” drugs and treatment

Friday, January 7, 2011

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Gerry-Ryans-cocaine-was-laced-with-worming-powder-113063449.html

Gerry Ryan’s cocaine was laced with worming powder
By CATHY HAYES , IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Friday, January 7, 2011, 4:59 AM
Updated Friday, January 7, 2011, 5:01 AM

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Gerry Ryan’s autopsy report showed that cocaine he has consumed contained trace amounts of the veterinary drug Levamisole, usually used to treat parasitic worms in cattle and sheep.

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A good argument for legalizing drugs and allowing the marketplace to protect these poor unfortunates from adulterated drugs.

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POLITICAL: How about we end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”?

Friday, November 5, 2010

http://goo.gl/eVrk

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Vatican City, Oct 31, 2010 / 06:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has announced his prayer intentions for the month of November, calling for an increased focus on victims of drug and other substance addictions as well as prayers for the well being of the Church in Latin America.

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for November is: “That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our saving God strength for a radical life-change.”

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Now don’t let the milk on your cereal shoot out your nose, BUTT (there’s always a big but) how about we end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”?

So, you logically ask, “how does that help”?

First, and foremost, we give people liberty and freedom. That’s always good.

Second, there is a “natural rate” of addiction that doesn’t change much. Some people will become addicted regardless of what we do. Let’s focus on that. So how does locking them up in jail help? The Gooferment can’t even stop drugs in their prisons.

Third, by ending the PWOSD, and putting WalMart, WalGreens, and all the other legitimate ‘drug dealers’ in charge, drugs will be cheaper. Seriously MJ is a weed. I’ve read knowledgeable pundit who say that the currently “illegal” drugs will be priced like generic aspirin. This has four immediate benefits: <a> addicts will not have to commit crimes to get the exorbitant sums needed to feed their habit; <b> we will immediately drain the profits from Drug Gangs (What does a Drug Kingpin do next?) making or streets safer; <c> pure ‘safe’ drug will be available so, that if someone does decide to experiment, they will not die from a ‘hot shot’ or rat poison; <d> now ‘no longer illegal’ drug will lose their ‘bad boy’ allure as it’s no longer ‘kool’, but boring.

Fourth, by pardoning all the non-violent drug offenders, we will free up needed prison space for violent felons. Also, perhaps, some of the prisons and the associated bureaucrats will no longer be needed and can be freed up to do more productive work.

Five, all those ‘savings’ can be aimed at studying how to effectively ‘cure’ drug addiction — probably a mixture of brain chemistry, chemical engineering, and the assumption of personal reliability.

Six, it would end the corrosive effect of corruption in out police forces. And, it would end the militarization of our police force, as the “war” gets more violent. We can get our Fourth Amendment rights back and return to a peaceful civil society.

Time to ‘solve’ the drug problem by ending the PWOSD!

By the way, where in their precious Constitution did they get the power to outlaw a weed and create this whole mess?

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