posted on Sep, 5 2003 @ 11:03 AM
I was asked by venus via u2u to come here to continue debating. I think the exact u2u was "YOU GOING TO COME BACK TO THE THREAD OR DID I SCARE YOU
OFF?" She then mentioned that she was tired of debating, as was demonstrated by her recent retirement from this thread. I would just like to take
this time to answer her and talk a little about this thread.
Venus, I actually was not coming back to the thread. It had gotten too long, and I have fought for the side of legalization many times on ATS, I
decided to let others take center stage for once. No, you did not scare me off, in fact, I wasn`t even aware that you were participating in this
thread. Had I known you were, and had I seen the excellent debating that went on, I probably would have gotten involved sooner. I am not very easily
frightened by Zealots who deny any truth but theirs. In fact, I enjoy debating them, useless though it may be.
And as for the thread. It has gone better than I could imagine, and as of this writing, it will have over 200 posts in it. I read through every one of
those and I am very pleased by its popularity and the intelligence of its posts. This is the only place that I have seen that has Fry2, Prankmonkey,
Skadi and Bout Time agreeing on the same thing. I think this is the most successful post on drugs in this incarnation of ATS, and my most successful
thread, though I participated very little in it.
And now for my opinion. I believe that the legalization of Marijuana is without a doubt, completely necessary for this country. Perhaps after that you
could begin a slow integration of hard drugs into the market, though with many restrictions and regulations. An age limit is mandatory for this, and
through an age limit drugs would be much less available to kids than they are now. The massive amounts of affirmative posts on this topic show that a
majority believes in removing weed legalization and that there are some very good arguments for the removal of all prohibitions. I think that this is
all I have to say for now. Execept this: