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Sep 23, 2006

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Alan Cone Bulluck

Like prescription drugs, ALL Americans need to be afforded better access to cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, etc. Legalizing those drugs will mean great things for the future of this country, and ultimately the world (Then again, it will do wonders in weeding out the dregs of society.).

Better to think about the long term implications of ending drug prohibition before going ahead and saying we need to cut it out.

There is something very innocent about nineteen and twenty year olds anticipating the day when they can walk into a bar and buy a drink (Even though most have either already done that, or gone ahead and indulged in booze - I'd pony-ed up to the barstool years before I did it legally.).

I really hope the day never comes when I walk into my kid's room and he/she has a syringe loaded with a batch of smack in his or her arm. "What the hell do you think you're doing?" "Relax man, it's my legal right."

Jim Caserta

I think Morales's position is about the US imposed prohibition in their countries. "The American policy is to keep attacking the crops, even if that impoverishes peasants — or, more typically, turns them into criminals." We have to acknowledge that our "war on drugs" hurts the "war on terror." We are pumping $ into Afghanistan, when all they want is to be able to support themselves with their cash crop. How would America have felt if the UK or France in the 1800's engaged in eradication efforts on tobacco. Which drug kills more people, coca or tobacco? Britain seized Hong Kong because China wouldn't let them sell their opium.

Ed Cone

Not at all what he's saying, ACB.

It's possible that people with whom you may disagree have thought through the issue, especially its blindlingly obvious points, before arriving at their conclusion.

From the article: The white powder sold on the streets of America is dangerous because it’s such a concentrated form of cocaine, but just about any substance can be perilous at a high enough dose.

South Americans routinely drink coca tea and chew coca leaves. The tiny amount of cocaine in the leaves is a mild stimulant and appetite suppressant that isn’t more frightening than coffee or colas — in fact, it might be less addictive than caffeine, and on balance it might even be good for you. When the World Health Organization asked scientists to investigate coca in the 1990’s, they said it didn’t seem to cause health problems and might yield health benefits.

But American officials fought against the publication of the report and against the loosening of restrictions on coca products, just as they’ve resisted proposals to let Afghan farmers sell opium to pharmaceutical companies instead of to narco-traffickers allied with the Taliban. The American policy is to keep attacking the crops, even if that impoverishes peasants — or, more typically, turns them into criminals.

WillR

ACB, you mean you raised your kids in such a way so that the 1st thing they want to do on reaching the legal age is shoot up?

The anticipated "unintended" consequence of our drug laws was to create hyper-potent versions of marijuana, heroin, cocaine.

There's a whole domestic penitentiary/industrial complex dependent on draconian drug policy. Many of today's Constitutional infringements (codified in crud like the Patriot Act) were pioneered by Drug War encroachments.

50+ years into the whole Drug War hysteria and all we've done is bred more misery, lined the pockets of criminals,thugs and opportunists and weakend our basic freedoms.

Time for a rethink.

Fec Stench

"Once the principle is admitted that it is the duty of government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments." - economist Ludwig von Mises

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