Originally posted by sad_eyed_lady
Why can't other politicians see things from Ron's perspective? This man is the genuine article. Maybe we should share this article with our
legislators and give them something worthwhile to work on instead of destroying our economy.
I don't smoke pot, but to me it is criminal that the government is making criminals out of marijuana users. People are doing hard time for pot while
white collar criminals (who ruin others lives and make a sham of capitalism) get rewarded with bailout money and bonuses. Too much time and energy is
being wasted by law enforcement and the judicial system prosecuting people for getting a buzz. Perhaps more law enforcement efforts should be directed
at business malpractices. If we are going to have Big Brother, put him in the board room.
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The simple answer to this is if they can make pot illegal than cigarretes and alcohol have no right
whatsoever to be legal. They're worse by all classifications employed in the industry. Money is lost every year because of addiction. It's a scam and
a shame that we let this happen.
Drug use is a disease, that's how I see it. At the same time, drug use is something that has been with humanity since we can remember. It's an aspect
of human psychology to desire drugs and to experiment with alterations in perception. So I don't feel we'll ever eliminate drugs, we can't. But we
shouldn't treat it as a harmless issue. Granted, it WOULD be virtually harmless if all of the users were responsible AND not susceptible to addiction
(as some are), but many drug users use them improperly and even though it's less than 20 percent that suffer significant addiction it's still
I'm not saying drugs are all bad. As I've stated, drug use appears to be a part of humanity. We desire them for various reasons. Some of our greatest
artists have used drugs and would they have been great without them? Will we ever know? We use drugs in healthcare for pain relief and psychiatric
management and probably many other purposes. There're a lot of things about humanity that can be ugly and despairing but will never go away. Maybe
drug addictions are one example of this or not?
I think it's wrong to deal with it the way we're dealing with it, but you can't really blame them either because this issue is complex. This is the
same way I feel about the wars in iraq and afghanistan. Even though I disagree I think the issue is too complicated to justify active opposition to
the other party. What I mean is I can't treat those I disagree with as evil or corrupt. I feel helpless. I've been wrong before and I know how easy
it's to be wrong about things. So I give people mercy.
What would I do, or what do I think is a bad idea? Well if we're truly against drugs than we should make cigarettes and alcohol illegal as well.
Furthermore, treatment centers are better than a drug war. Addiction is something that will reoccur during a lifetime. It never goes away for the
afflicted. We have to stop looking at it as an example of poor judgement. It's looking to be more like a disease. Responsibility plays a role, no
doubt about it, but we exaggerate the role and skip over the fact that addiction, for the worst sufferers, is a disease and we have lots of evidence
and research to back this statement up. So if we want to help people throwing them in jail might not be the best answer.
In fact, throwing them in jail and exclusively blaming them might be more expensive. I mean you're paying room and board, food, healthcare, court and
attorney fees, and god knows what? And does the man who gets shot by a gun get better by putting him in jail? Obviously not, but how do we know how to
treat a problem if we misidentify it? It's like mixing charts and performing the wrong surgery.
edit on 11-2-2011 by jonnywhite because: (no