I listen to the people who support our drug policies and what I hear is I should be very fearful of a destitute poppy farmer, 12 times zones away, cultivating poppy trying to provide a little substance for his family. I should be even more fearful of those who gather and distill cocoa leaves that lives at least 3500 miles away. They say we should send in our military and destroy those crops of those poor. After they do, will I be safer? If they do not should I double bolt lock my door, be careful when I leave the house, always keep my children indoors, what?
The son of the family that purchased my father’s small tobacco farm, has been accused of cultivating marijuana. I am gonna be safer when he goes to jail? Please have the lawmakers tell me the effort going into stopping these activities so I can determine if my money is well spent or should be a little braver and spend a little less.
Here is my former Congressman’s e-mail:
“I believe that our nation must continue to fight illicit drug use, especially in children and young adults. Drugs are a danger to American society and pose a serious threat to the safety and stability of our families and neighborhoods. I am committed to continuing to fight this war. I believe that all illegal drug use, including the use of marijuana, is wrong and deserves just punishment.”
The murder in MY backyard in May does scare me a bit. It is evident the crime was a plan by individuals to rob a man involved in the sale of drugs our drug policies attempt to keep away from everybody, thus they did not think the crime would be reported. I have to admit I have some fear from the prohibition laws. I have no fear of drugs. Those that choose to use them and break laws of decency can be handled in a manner we have since civilization began. We should attempt to keep drugs out of the hands of our youth in a different manner.
You make a point here that is so important. I must say we are mostly dependent upon the media for some information. The most important one in resent past is the Iraq War. We were led into that war without any opposing views. Now we know, but much too late.
The one area I am the most interested and the reason I set up this site is our prohibition laws regarding psychoactive drugs. These laws have been on the books since December 1914. Nobody have proven their effectiveness. The media, nether print, visual, audio, or digital will go to any length to cover their destructiveness of these laws only discuss the harm of the drugs. The fallacies of these laws falls under the table because nobody cares. Four and one-half years of posting on this blog have I given enough information out to inform anyone. A murder in my back yard, 615 Magnolia, an act as the result of these laws has not lifted anyone’s eye. The crime was planned and carried out under the assumption the victim could not report the crime, thus one of my objection to these laws.
Copied from Time magazine article taken down or moved. I cannot find.
Nov. 20, 2007
A single marijuana cigarette has the same effect on the lungs as smoking up to five cigarettes in succession.
” I noted in your “health” piece that you stated that “smoking marijuana is more harmful than smoking five cigarettes”. This is based on what evidence? How do you define “more harmful”? It should be noted that five cigarettes represents less than 20% of the consumption of the average cigarette user while any marijuana user who consumes any more than one joint per day is mostly dysfunctional.
It never ceases to amaze me whenever a mainstream media outlet publishes reports on any illegal drug as legitimate. Which version of the street drug is used to determine this harm? Any legitimate study of drugs always uses a standardized version of the drug studied. You can’t do this with a street drug – unless it is made legally available where quality and potency can be controlled. It can only be done with a legally available drug with legal users. Otherwise you taint the result with unregulated drugs and criminals and any result involving adverse selection is never anywhere near accurate”.
SO WHAT, is it worth having harsh prohibition laws that criminalize cultivation, manufacture, transporting, possession, and sale of this product. While we create a violent marketplace, imprison our mentally ill, lie to our youth. Fill our treatment centers with those with no interest stopping using the substance nor should they. Last, but the most important, destroy our constitution trying to stop these activities
About the same exchange I got with Roger Wicker via e-mail. Do you ever wonder why politicians like to talk about drugs and not laws?
Exchange between John McCain and a police officer over the war on drugs:
Our belongings should be delivered to Portland today. We have been here since Sunday The stress is taking a toll. The brain is in to many racing patterns. I have been concerned about to many things I have no control. I think after today’s chores the brain will slow. This is being composed on my son’s computer. when I am working on my own it will be better. I attended only one fellowship in route and have not been to one here. maybe Thursday nite.