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"Many prisoners are non-violent and should be treated as patients with addictions, not as criminals. Irrational mandatory minimal sentences have caused a great deal of harm. We have non-violent drug offenders doing life sentences, and there is no room to incarcerate the rapists and murderers."
If this movement where drug use was legalized occurred, it would create a massive economical boost merely from companies attempting to commercialize it. Not to mention hemp being legalized as well - We would go back to the good old ages where almost everything that used pulp or cellulose was made of hemp
In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, coc aine, marijuana, '___' and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections.
Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by using dirty needles to inject heroin, coc aine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006, according to a report released recently by the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C, libertarian think tank.
Originally posted by SGTSECRET
i talked to someone about this a few days ago. this person was so upset that Paul wants to make all these drugs legal. people act as if as soon as all these things are legal everyone is going to turn into coc aine addicts. if you dont do it now you probably wont do it even if it was legal. and if you DO do it now than you dont end up wasting our money sitting in jail for using it.