posted on Jun, 16 2006 @ 12:17 AM
I agree with all of this, and actually take it a lot further than that.
Just as people who are 21 or older are allowed to drink, I think people who are 21 or older should be allowed to use other drugs... ALL other drugs,
except methamphetamine, because what it chemically does to the human brain to produce antisocial and violent behavior is just too extreme (trust me;
you know I'm a criminal lawyer); and except PCP, because SOME people, who--like some alcoholics--just can't handle it, go violently insane when using
BUT... If you take acid or heroin or crack or whatever to wretched excess, I don't want to pay for what you've done to your brain, nor do I want to
pay for feeding your drug addiction. I DO think the state should provide the drugs you're addicted to (to avoid all sorts of horrible, violent crimes
committed during home-invasion robberies, burglaries that turn into unintended face-to-face encounters, etc.), but I think YOU should pay for them.
And I feel very strongly about that.
I know the idea of our government's selling heroin, crack coc aine, '___', etc., sounds awfully radical, but most of those drugs are only bad
when the user gets hooked and runs out. (Not true of '___', which is non-addictive and harmless for people who are mentally suited to use it, but
HORRENDOUS for people who aren't, and you CANNOT know which group you're in until you've done it, which is too damn late if you're in the large group
of people who cannot handle it; that, my friends, is an old hippie's way of telling you young ones NOT to do that extraordinarily powerful drug, which
I haven't touched for nearly 35 years.)