There are some ridiculous laws regarding drugs in general in this country. Why is it that a person can get arrested with coc aine and go to jail
for 10 or more years yet they can get arrested for rape and get out in 3? Maybe I'm just crazy but rape seems a little more heinous than someone
sniffing something at a club.
One might argue that the drugs cause violent crimes such as rape, and by having long jail sentences, or making the substance illegal it fixes the
problem before it happens. One might also be an idiot.
While I'm sure a certain percentage of violent crimes might be able to be related back to drug use the majority of drug use does not create violent
crimes. It has a lot more to do with the person's mental state. A lot of these same people will commit these crimes eventually regardless of
substance abuse. While people can tend to have their judgment "clouded" while using various substances the fact that they cannot handle it is more
their problem to handle as there are many people who use the same substances, and handle their self in an acceptable way.
If anything alcohol abuse, or any type of substance abuse for that matter would be a crime against one's self if it is to be considered any type of
crime at all, and further more could be simply classified as a medical condition totally negating the need for legal intervention unless the substance
abuser is actually negatively effecting another person's well being due to their abuse.
I understand the whole idea of drug use is not healthy, and in the eyes of some is completely unethical, and immoral depending on your values, and
religious preference, but law enforcement, nor the government should be involved as long as this behavior is acceptable to you, and the company you
keep, and it does not effect another person's rights who chooses not to be involved.
There is a very thin line between protecting people's rights to live their life comfortably, and being the moral police. Prosecuting a person for
theft, murder, etc is acceptable because others are involved who presumably do not want to be murdered, stolen from, raped, etc, and are forced into
it. Prosecuting a person for drug possession who has not committed a crime against anyone but their self by ingesting/injecting whatever their drug
of choice might be crosses that line in my opinion.
It seems that a real solution for the problem (for the people who want a solution for their habit) would be to take the tax money that would pay for
their incarceration, and use it to help the individual become a functioning part of society again which sitting in jail for 10 years does not do.
I'm not making judgment about anyone who uses/suffers/whatever from some type of substance abuse/recreation. Everyone has their own vices, and
convictions. I'm simply pointing out the obvious flaws which I'm sure everyone already sees anyway.
edit on 17-5-2011 by vexxev because: (no reason given)