At 6/3/11 12:23 AM, Head-Full-Of-Acid wrote:
The War on Drugs shouldn't just be about fighting the large cartels that are dominating crime, it should also deal with the problems that exist to us on a local scale. Drug users are still people, and the small measures that we take could keep us in the right direction.
This is the part I don't understand. The war on drugs costs billions of dollars to fund. That would be all profit in taxes if they made i legal. Alcohol is legal, and just as harmful. You can get violent, or OD on it just like other shit.
So there is a profit in taxes. There is the profit of not wasting money on the war on drugs. AND, by making it legal, they would radically diminish the funds of these crime syndicates who depend on drug money.
BUT, on the other hand, would we see less crime? Or about the same ammount?
Less crime because it's no longer illegal to sell, so people wouldn't get in trouble? Or more crime because now these hoodrats and street gangs lose money, because now what they sell can be bought at Wal-mart, and so they have to start doing more B&E's or muggings to make money?
More crime because now people are breaking into stores nation wide because the shit that gets them fucked up is in the stores and they don't have money to buy it?
Less crime because murder decreases between these animals who shoot each other over profits and territory?
More crime because now the cool kids need to find another way to break the law in acts of rebellion?
Less crime because now those same kids aren't really all that bad, they just wanted to get high?
And on and on it goes. It could be good or bad in differet aspects. One thing is true. The war on drugs is failing. Why? Because your favorite musicians and actors are fucked up. Because kids grow up idolizing junkies. Because the older generation is dying out, and the new people in charge wanted to have at least pot legal as teenagers. The dinosaurs are dying off. It's like this... Do you think what flys now could EVER fly in 1950? Taboos are being worn down. Almost nothing is a taboo anymore. Gay people getting married. Sex on TV. Violent porn torture movies rated R for anyone to go see at your local theater. Nothing is wrapped in a brown bag behind the counter anymore. It's in your face. DRUGS are in your face. Stoner movies, magazines, articles, music, and everything that goes along with the media.
Now, with all this, IT'S SO COOL! attention that the media gives it... it makes me wonder... Why?
If the government really was serious in the first place about a war on drugs, it would eliminate or ban all these influences. (oh, but freedom of speech, wink wink) Freedom of speech makes America both a good and bad place. People says that our freedom to say what we want, and act how we want, within certain boundaries of the law is JUST FUCKING GREAT!
But, it comes with alot of baggage. It comes with citizens growing up to make movies, or documentaries, or music, or cartoons, or whatever, saying, DRUGS ARE COOL! And THIS is why drugs area big deal anyway. If they weren't illegal, it would take away all the charm. It would take away the taboo, and the "big deal" of them for the most part. Maybe. Who knows.