Some 40 years ago, then-President Richard Nixon started what he called the "War on Drugs." And I think we all know how that war's turned out.
I can sum it up in two words: EPIC. FAIL!
My buddy David 2 (co-host of ShockNet Radio's American Heathen on Friday nights and host of BRUTALLY HONEST on ShockNet Saturday evenings) has been thinking about this as well, and in his BRUTALLY HONEST commentary this week, he asks the musical question:
Are we FINALLY ready to start answering the questions?: http://brutallyhonestcolumn.blogspot.com/2011/06/week-of-06272011.html
As always, your thoughts and opinions are more than welcome, either here or on David's page. I'll be forwarding any comments made here to David. Thanks for reading!
If only other people were that rational.
The war on drugs keeps two groups employed: law enforcement and drug dealers. It makes some drug dealers very rich, gives cops excuses to fill their arrest quotas, and keeps prison guards busy, while making sure Jim Crow is enforced--incarcerating black young men while giving honkies a pass.
Those cops not opposed to bribery can also move into the upper middle class, a difficult move these days.
Sure the war on drugs is a complete failure.
Naturalisms deterministic view of the world is a much better way of viewing the issues that drugs pose in our society, and is more aligned with reality. When we view the world as being fully caused we can much better deal with social problems like drug addiction.
Social programs and measures to reduce side effects such as crime, death and the spread of diseases.
Here in Michigan, the PEOPLE decided that sick people (or their designated provider) could grow and possess. Since then, it is the city councils who have gotten together and passed "ordinances" restricting the law so that providers cannot grow near churches (they also include things like parks, schools, youth centers, pools and video arcades).
Unless you live on your own private 100 acre ranch, you would be hard pressed in Michigan to throw a rock and NOT have it land near a church.
Most of our prisons are privatized (legal slave labor) so these type of "ordinances" are providing more slaves for our corporate masters IMO.
A good deal of pot smokers are laid back, non-activist types, who do not pay attention to politics. Many do not even vote. They go to work, pay the bills, try not to get caught and hope that something changes..