posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 02:04 PM
Nobody's taking my beer!
Seriously...any legislative method of regulating peoples behaviours, such as laws banning smoking, booze, and especially access to drugs is doomed to
fail, as evidenced by the "War On Drugs", which itself has taken more lives than the drug abuse which is supposedly seeks to prohibit.
Substance abuse, whether it be cigarrettes, heroin, alcholhol, etc. is a health problem and should be treated as such by lawmakers. Instead in the US
we have a situation where addicts of any type are criminalised in pop culture, and legislators design drug laws to attack the disadvantaged enduser,
rather than attack the distribution network of the black market created by the very existence of the laws themselves. An example of the
intellectually stunted, backwardmindedness of the Federal Government was the moratorium on needled exchange programs for IV drug users during the
90's. Needle exchange was a policy which could have drastically slowed the spread of AIDS, hepatitis and a host of other infections via shared
needls, not to mention provided recognition that people are going to use and abuse intravenous drugs regardless of their legal status, so why not at
least try to make it more hygenic in the interest of public health?
Instead, Federal and State governments are more concerned with partnering with private business interests to further industrialize the prison system.
Those draconian drug laws are the mechanism with which fresh bodies are procured.