Legalize ALL of the drugs. You should not be arrested for harming only yourself.
The argument I often hear is “Well what if someone does some cocaine and they attack someone?!” Well, you arrest them for the violent offense, not possession.
If I go buy some cocaine, then am driving home so I can shoot it up, I should not be arrested for that. It’s none of anyone’s goddamn business.
You say “Well it hurts people, so let’s make it illegal.” So you throw them in prison, where they still have access to it (in fact, MORE access), and instead of being just a simple drug user, now they are thrown in prison around a bunch of rapists and murderers who will make the drug user more violent because they have to defend themselves. What happens when they get out? They are more violent and defensive because they’ve had to fight the murderers and rapists. That’s a BIG problem. Instead of just being a simple cokehead within the confines of my own home, now I’m having to defend myself in prison from the murderers and rapists. That makes me violent. And I’m NOT giving up my drugs, so I know I’m going to be arrested. AGAIN. The vicious cycle unnecessarily continues.
How is this “helping out” those with drug addictions again?
If we legalize it, we can tax it. There are profits to be made (which will stimulate the economy). It will decrease the prison populations, so we don’t have to give plea bargains to murderers and rapists, as well as paying more taxes to create more prisons.
The black market is where all of the drugs are bought now. You know who runs the black market? Criminals. Murderers. People who do not give a shit about the law. They take advantage of those with drug addictions because they know they are going to have to buy the drugs from them, and that makes the simple drug users more violent because they are having to be on guard from the person they are buying their drugs from.
If someone is using meth and is only harming themselves and they don’t want help, it’s none of your goddamn business.
If they want to use meth until it kills them, that should be their right. If they want help, then you should be able to help them out. But if they don’t, you’re going to take away their meth, which is going to make them crave it more, which is going to make them more violent to get it, which is going to harm you, then they get arrested for it, then they’re around violent people, then they get more violent because they have to be defensive, then they get out and they’re going to go right back to the drugs, only this time more defensive and more secretive, and the cycle continues unnecessarily.
First off, it is not your responsibility to keep someone from using drugs. It is their choice. If they don’t want help for it, then it is not your duty to stop them. Yes, it’s sad. But what helps out more? You taking away their drugs and throwing them in prison, then they get pissed off and violent and turn RIGHT back to the drugs, OR you give them an opportunity to say “You know what? I’m tired of doing drugs. I need help,” and then you help them out instead of throwing them in prison and forgetting about them?
If you let people do drugs enough, SOME of them are going to get help voluntarily. If they don’t, then it is not your duty to “help them out” by making them more violent and arresting them. Legalize ALL of the drugs, tax it, let people destroy themselves or indulge in their addictions, arrest them only if they harm someone else or their property, and allow them to voluntarily get help if they so desire. Mutual decisions made out of love will always trump the actions of someone’s good moral intentions created by the fear of not doing them and ultimately backed up by force.
February 18, 2013.