posted on Sep, 20 2006 @ 01:53 PM
Your inital posting asked the question whether the persons you described are all criminals, because they use illegal narcotics. The text book answer
is that the production, trafficking, and use of illegal substances is against the law, and therefore criminal. However, it seems to me that it's
usually the outcome of using illegal drugs that makes someone a criminal. For instance, consider this line of thinking - A person has too much to
drink and becomes impaired (nothing illegal about that). Then this person gets behind the wheel of a car and hits a person on a street corner. The
causal effect of consuming alcohol, becoming impaired, and driving a vehicle... someone may die.
So use this same analogy in describing the outcome of using illegal narcotics. We see it in the headlines everyday, i.e. "Man on Meth Kills
Neighbour." What is criminal is the societal effects of persons who use illegal drugs. Right from the health care costs, to the policing and
prosecuting costs. Not too mention the addict that has to 'knock over' the odd convenience store to support the habit.
The advocates may argue that an individual having a 'joint,' say in their own home, would not have any effect on society, or adversely effect their
health. Because the common fallacy is that it's only 'hard drugs' (coc aine, heroin, meth, ect.) that cause problems. The medical reports on
that issue go back and forth daily. So, the jury's still out on that one...
Here's is what I do know. The illegal drug trade is alive and well in Canada, and closer to your example, doing very well in Vancouver. Large
quanities of drugs find their way into Canada by ways too numerous to mention, but we do know that organized crime groups are trading 1 lb. of BC
marijuana for 1 lb. of coc aine (from out of country). And, due to this exchange of commodities the hard drug use in Canada (specifically the
West Coast) has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. My point is this, soft drugs bring in hard drugs. And, the causal effects of that
have devistated Vancouver's East side.
In the end, who's winning in this - not the user, not society, must be the drug suppliers. The BC marijuana industury is over 6 Billion annually...