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Is the WAR ON DRUGS just Crony capitalism at work?

bob 2012/04/09 20:38:13
The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
The WAR ON DRUGS is not just Crony capitalism at work although we bear the bill for those drug users
The WAR ON DRUGS is a waste of our resources for something the majority of the citizens do not support
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  • Hobbes 2012/04/09 21:19:10 (edited)
    The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
    Hobbes
    +8
    The "War on Drugs" is a scam! Especially the War on Cannabis. It seems obvious to me that marijuana has medicinal properties that Big Pharma doesn't want us to have. Who would buy their pain killers and nausea reducing chemicals if patients could grow their own?

    Of course, this is not to mention that Big Oil doesn't want farmers growing a great crop of cannabis for clothing, fuel, rope, and dozens of other products. I suspect, though I don't know, biodegradable plastic could be made from it.

    Decriminalizing drugs, especially marijuana, would save billions in law enforcement and billions more in commercializing it and collecting taxes.

    Our current policy is plain madness, and it will never succeed in eliminating illegal drugs. What it will do is keep the drug cartels of Mexico well funded in their murderous rampage. Decriminalize drugs and the cartels will simply die on the vine.

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  • Centrist_Bill 2012/04/09 22:09:36
    The WAR ON DRUGS is a waste of our resources for something the majority of th...
    Centrist_Bill
    +1
    nuff said.
  • Gangstersteve1993 2012/04/09 21:59:01
    The WAR ON DRUGS is a waste of our resources for something the majority of th...
    Gangstersteve1993
    +1
    The government can't win what so ever and if you mess with the drug Cartels you will get killed easily.
  • Gangste... Gangste... 2012/04/09 21:59:25
    Gangstersteve1993
    +1
    Also a waste of money.
  • DreamSp... Gangste... 2012/04/09 22:05:07
    DreamSpeaker
    Actually, the U.S. is one of the biggest drug dealers, importing heroine from the poppies they help to keep growing in Afghanistan, and then disperse to their drug dealers. Then they make a phony bureau to police its use and we pay for it.
  • Gangste... DreamSp... 2012/04/10 23:56:24
    Gangstersteve1993
    I only know ones from Mexico to Columbia and I know the Taliban s have a load of heroin.
  • Paul 2012/04/09 21:44:46
    The WAR ON DRUGS is a waste of our resources for something the majority of th...
    Paul
    +4
    At one time it was an easy thing to convince the public of some neccessity for the war on drugs. I think they ran out of steam and the public now looks at it as failed money costing policies that can never be enforced with any practically. If nothing else, the government has always been able to use the war on drugs to take attention away from other issues.
  • Kirby 2012/04/09 21:29:16
    The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
    Kirby
    +4
    The war on drugs is a monumental failure, and I would be willing to bet the only reason it still exist is due Big Pharma and the Law enforcement lobbiest . Who honestly should have their asses kicked up to their shoulders for being a part of the problem!
  • Hobbes 2012/04/09 21:19:10 (edited)
    The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
    Hobbes
    +8
    The "War on Drugs" is a scam! Especially the War on Cannabis. It seems obvious to me that marijuana has medicinal properties that Big Pharma doesn't want us to have. Who would buy their pain killers and nausea reducing chemicals if patients could grow their own?

    Of course, this is not to mention that Big Oil doesn't want farmers growing a great crop of cannabis for clothing, fuel, rope, and dozens of other products. I suspect, though I don't know, biodegradable plastic could be made from it.

    Decriminalizing drugs, especially marijuana, would save billions in law enforcement and billions more in commercializing it and collecting taxes.

    Our current policy is plain madness, and it will never succeed in eliminating illegal drugs. What it will do is keep the drug cartels of Mexico well funded in their murderous rampage. Decriminalize drugs and the cartels will simply die on the vine.
  • Uranos7 Hobbes 2012/04/10 04:13:03
    Uranos7
    +2
    I totally agree with you that industrial hemp and marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated. What's more one of the members of my unit went on to become a DEA officer and he agreed with the concept as well. He saw it as a waste of time pursuing Cannibus when he could be going after the really harmful drugs that were actually killing Americans.
  • Em See Uranos7 2012/04/10 15:57:12
    Em See
    +1
    None of the drugs are as harmful to society and individuals as the war on drugs is.
    Alcohol is seriously a dangerous drug, but it's prohibition was recognized as a dismal failure that made life worse in many ways.

    Prohibition of drugs is a bad idea. You can not stop people from making and using any kind of drugs that have ever been or will be invented.

    And in a 'free country', why would you want to?
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/04/09 21:16:50
    The WAR ON DRUGS is a waste of our resources for something the majority of th...
    Rusty Shackleford
    +4
    It is just as phoney as the war on poverty.
  • Batman 2012/04/09 21:12:37
    None of the above
    Batman
    +2
    it's a complicated subject. personally, I think the rules should be a little relaxed.
  • bob Batman 2012/04/09 21:24:13
    bob
    +1
    Take a tok on the bat pipe, batman
  • Batman bob 2012/04/09 21:49:11
    Batman
    +1
    as long as we're in the private comfort of our living rooms.
  • bob Batman 2012/04/10 15:04:11
    bob
    +1
    hee hee hee
  • ETpro 2012/04/09 21:04:18
    Undecided
    ETpro
    +1
    I'm convinced we would be better off to legalize marijuana, but with the public health implications of widespread addiction to cocaine, crack, heroin and crystal meth; I think we have to be careful jumping into the deep end of the legalize drugs pool. George Will wrote a thoughtful article on the subject just a few days ago. Best read his cautionary warnings. I think they have merit.
  • Em See ETpro 2012/04/10 16:01:57
    Em See
    +1
    Where were the warnings about the consequences of punishing adult citizens for choosing the wrong intoxicant?
    Warnings about attempting to legislate the appetites of human beings?
    Warnings about giving all the drug trade to criminal organizations?

    Educate people, and help those who develop harmful addictions, as opposed to the gross injustice that we have today, for chris sakes.
  • sherdon2 2012/04/09 20:51:39
    The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
    sherdon2
    +2
    Waste of man power..legalize pot and cut the vilance in 1/2 plus tax it.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/04/09 20:45:45
    None of the above
    themadhare ~IJM
    +1
    it's more socialist than capitalist, but neither apply well
  • bob themadh... 2012/04/09 20:47:02
    bob
    +5
    Priate Prisons are profiting well. Law enforcement gets their new toys.
  • themadh... bob 2012/04/09 20:48:29
    themadhare ~IJM
    yes, artificial business fed by government decree; solid socialism.
  • bob themadh... 2012/04/09 21:25:12
    bob
    +3
    Which is called Crony capitalism!
  • themadh... bob 2012/04/09 22:20:29
    themadhare ~IJM
    OK.... I'll call it a banana
  • Paul 2012/04/09 20:44:37
    The WAR ON DRUGS is just Crony capitalism at work and we foot the bill
    Paul
    +4
    Yea for Bob! This is the most intelligent question he's ever asked, and his grammar is good in this one!

    The war on drugs is a racket as are all wars.
  • holly go lightly 2012/04/09 20:42:26
    None of the above
    holly go lightly
    +3
    The majority of citizens would not support it if they took a few minutes to understand it.
  • Bob DiN holly g... 2012/04/09 23:01:08
    Bob DiN
    A drug dead is an ugly one.
  • tesmith47 Bob DiN 2012/04/09 23:31:06
    tesmith47
    +1
    many more folks die from alcohol and alcohol related incidents
  • Bob DiN tesmith47 2012/04/10 00:20:25
    Bob DiN
    +1
    All that proves is abuse is abuse.
  • tesmith47 Bob DiN 2012/04/10 03:03:10
    tesmith47
    no, what that proves is that we are very selective in what we disapprove and criminalize even if they have similar consequences. Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States after tobacco use and poor eating and exercise habits.

    The stats fit in accurately with the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs conclusion published in the Lancet last year that most popular illegal drugs are generally far safer than the big two legal drugs.
  • Bob DiN tesmith47 2012/04/10 03:07:39 (edited)
    Bob DiN
    No it proves abuse is abuse.
  • Em See Bob DiN 2012/04/10 16:04:35
    Em See
    +1
    And yet, your statement there is far from enlightening or helpful.
    So, what's the point?
  • Bob DiN Em See 2012/04/11 05:42:45
    Bob DiN
    Apparently it went over your head. An example is water unlike drugs is a staple of life. However if abused it also can be deadly.
  • Em See Bob DiN 2012/04/10 16:03:07
    Em See
    +1
    A war dead is an ugly one, too.
  • Bob DiN Em See 2012/04/11 05:37:49
    Bob DiN
    True they are very similiar.
  • holly g... Bob DiN 2012/04/10 19:55:09
    holly go lightly
    Might you rewrite and rephrase that comment?
  • Bob DiN holly g... 2012/04/11 05:38:27
    Bob DiN
    No I'd say it's self explanatory.
  • holly g... Bob DiN 2012/04/11 16:42:48
    holly go lightly
    It is not.If it was ,I wouldn't be asking.
  • Bob DiN holly g... 2012/04/12 06:23:32
    Bob DiN
    Anything can be abused.
  • holly g... Bob DiN 2012/04/12 14:55:36
    holly go lightly
    yes it can .And your post does not make any sense.
  • Bob DiN holly g... 2012/04/12 23:18:41
    Bob DiN
    I guess they went over your head.

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