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Friday, July 23, 2010

Drugs Are Bad -Let's Do Something About Them

I can balance the budget; clear out the jails; find money for social security; give us time to focus on crime and begin lowering the deficit. Legalize drugs. Yes say it to yourself . Could we legalize drugs? Sure we can and yes we should.

I need you to take a look at this site. http://www.drugsense.org/wodclock.htm .I would like you to stay
there or return to it and take it in for me; for yourself; your kids; for your loved ones and future generations.
Source: Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco

Not enough  for you, then please take in this commentary  http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/07/20/97758/commentary-war-on-drugs-and-the.html
By Leonard Pitts Jr. The Miami Herald
Need more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/07/20/97758/commentary-war-on-drugs-and-the.html#ixzz0uXtwXHDP.

Not good enough for you I don't blame you. At your leisure please go to this site  http://www.realcostofprisons.org/papers-war.html  © 2003-20010 The Real Cost of Prisons Project .

"Depressing and unbelievable.", you say. I say "Deep in your heart of hearts, on some level you were already aware of these things". You respond,  "But even with these points, if  "I"  can believe them, we cannot and should not legalize drugs. People would die and drugs have to be controlled..".  I respond, "With all due respect if you're paying attention they're dying now and supposedly they are controlled.".

Should we look at the 22,000 dead, since 2006 in Mexico because of the war on drugs. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/14/government-more-than-22000-dead-in-mexico-drug-war/
Post by: The CNN Wire
Filed under: Latest news • Mexico • World
 
Let's take a more worldly view from CNN and Evan wood. from The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy;The director of the Urban Health Program at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and associate professor in the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/06/03/wood.jamaica.drug.war/index.html
 
OK we  take a more US view with this aptly named, "That Other War".  This shows the preponderance of home invasion by officers and others to help eradicate this drug blight, since the Reagen initiatives.
 http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/11/that-other-war
Radley Balko January 11, 2010
 
"But those people are either criminals or involved in criminal activity.", you say . Look closely at that article there is a great deal of collateral damage. Look at this one. It shows to some degree what has transpired since OL " Tricky Dick" Richard Nixon declared our "WAR ON DRUGS about 40 years hence.
 http://bit.ly/cARLIR By JOHN STOSSEL
John Stossel: War on drugs worse than drugs
 
I'm done with links. The links are important. They provide something most of us never allowed ourselves to do.Ponder this horrendous evil of this situation, and put it into Perspective. My kids; your kid; our loved ones are growing up in a world in which every dime and all our energy is spent helping the illicit and cruel become richer and more powerful. From 1921 to 1933 we criminalized alcohol and allowed the organized criminal element to grow and become rich. We of course have forgotten the lessons of the past and we are doomed to repeat our past.
 
1)We like drugs. We always have and always will. In my bathroom cabinet you'll find aspirin and cough medicine. In my kitchen you'll find salt,sugar and coffee. In my bar you will find alcohol.Not big on drugs but many,many people are.
2)Can't and shouldn't fight what people want. This comes with a caveat. That is, as long as it is not fundamentally wrong. Sorry folks drugs don't make the cut of fundamentally wrong.
3)Alcohol is legal and there are rules to govern its' use and distribution. The same process would govern any other controlled or uncontrolled substance
 
The facts above are immutable and apply to ALL drugs.
 
Let's legalize the damn things. Clear the prisons of users and get them help.Stop making evil rich. Stop the death and destruction that goes with this "war" and get on with the business of our lives.
 
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