BRUTALLY HONEST: Are We Finally Ready For the Question?

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!

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I think that there are so many vested interests now in keeping it illegal that there's fat chance of getting enough people to say YES. It's a pity, because criminalising marijuana has always been and always will be particularly stupid law, and it's caused untold damage to society as a whole.
I've never smoked, but I see no reason why marijuana should be illegal.  Alcohol seems much more dangerous when used in excessive amounts.  How many people do you see get high and then start a bar fight? 
Drug prohibition is first and foremost unconstitutional.  Second, it is cruel and and a violation of human rights.  Third, it is an utmost failure at what it is supposed to achieve.  In fact, it exacerbates the criminality of the trade.  We only need to look at alcohol prohibition to get a clear picture of what prohibition does to a trade in goods that are of high demand and that has a large backing of the population.  Fourth, we are supposed to be the land of the free.  You are not free unless you own your body.  If the government can put you in prison for putting something in your body, you don't own it and are not free.  I will only vote for politicians that uphold freedom and the individual.  I can only hope that other Americans will do the same.
To my mind this question has long been answered. As long as I am not making it a problem for anyone else, it is not anyone else's business.

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.

It's not so much prison guards, but rather, the private, for profit prisons that have proliferated throughout the country that really don't want to see legalization. It's a primary reason why the US with 5% of the world's population has 25% of the world's prisoners.
Land of the free my wrinkled ass.
The old politics is unsustainable. I like the idea that nimbys in individual states would be required to foot the bill if they refuse to legalize Cannabis. This means Nixon's war on drugs becomes each respective governor's war.if they think for a moment that their constituents wish to underwrite the cost of such a failed policy They will be thrown out of office without being handed their hats!
Congress is not subject to the drug screens other Americans endure for their employment. Is it because they are not conflated with their respective corporate fiction alias in all caps?
The writ of Habeas Corpus applies only to whom 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..

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