posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 07:21 AM
I admit it, I'm a smoker, that said:
I am violently opposed to any bill like this being put forward for one reason and one reason only, to do it, would lead the way for other things we
all drink, eat etc to be made illegal, what happens when they make Chocolate that has X amount of Cacao in it illegal because of the fact that it
causes a drug like reaction, how about coffee, Coffee has that evil caffeine in it we can't have that..
Remember, most of the things that the government has banned or severely regulated over time, are things that are natural.
The following is not advocating or in any way supporting illicit drug use, it is only a point being made about restriction
Back in the 1800's we had all sorts of "patent medicines" that would cure all and help all, most of those were made with Coca leave extract or
Poppy extract (Cocaine and Opium as they are better known) sometime in the Early 20th Century, the government decided these natural components were
dangerous (and they are) and removed them from the market and restricted their usage, as such we now see Cocaine and Opium as Schedule 2 Narcotics
(even though it's a misnomer as a narcotic technically is an opiate) with major restrictions on who can use them, and give them out. And while
coc aine isn't really used much medically, a topical prescription to help certain conditions is made, we use (or some of us with debilitating
injuries) Opium based medicines produced legally and prescribed every day, even though there is a huge risk, but the United States is the only country
to have such stringent restrictions on them, in other countries, over the counter medicines contain small amounts of opiates, and everyone is happy.
When used as directed, most drugs in this class have little to no issues with people.
My point is, if this passes, we have just crossed the line between regulating the manufacture of dangerous and potentially addicting substances to
full out assaults on everything from Coffee to Cacao, under the guise of keeping people healthy and stopping addiction. There's always going to be
something that the human body can become addicted to, and there's always another demon around the corner, it's just cigarettes now instead of Opium.