I recently read a book called “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs”. I was immediately struck with anger, sadness and disbelief. 25 reasons drugs should be legal and my thoughts are underneath.
1. Harry Anslinger was RACIST.
This guy is probably responsible for more deaths than Hitler and very few people even know who he is. He was a United States government official who served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He started the war on drugs. Before he came along all drugs were legal and people were doing pretty well. He was an inflexible supporter of prohibition and the criminalization of drugs and many of his policies and regulations are still in place today.
To get a feel for how he got down, just check out some of his quotes:
“Refer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“…most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
Yeah, that’s the guy who is responsible for making all drugs illegal. He’s the guy whose law and regulations still hold weight today. His archaic way of thinking has no place in our modern day society. Especially if we want true ‘equality’. Why are we still following rules put in place by a racist bigot whose main motive in making all drugs illegal was to keep certain groups of people at the bottom?
2. Less people would overdose.
100 Americans die of overdose each day. This number doesn’t have to be so high. Many people don’t even realize that overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S at around 38,000 people a year.
Let me break this down for you real quick.
If you had a loved one who was doing drugs and you couldn’t stop them no matter what, would you rather have them taking drugs of a known strength and purity or have them play a guessing game of how strong and pure their drugs are?
Would you rather them take drugs produced in accordance with strict medial standards or drugs that were cut with dangerous adulterants produced by organized criminals?
You can’t stop the people from doing drugs. You can only hope to contain them.
3. Less people would go to jail.
Pretty simple. When all drugs are legal no one gets arrested for selling or possessing them anymore.
From New York to California the jailed and torture of addicts is routine. To pick one kind of torture: The Justice department estimates that 216,000 people are raped in these prisons every year. This is the number of rape victims not actual rapes — that number is far higher.
As the writer Christopher Glazek has pointed out, this means the United States is the first society in human history where more men have been raped than women. Don’t tell a feminist that though.
4. Drugs would be held to a higher standard and produced at a better quality.
Supply and demand. The good stuff would reign supreme. Less worry about the come down and more focus on the come up.
This would also decrease the number of accidental overdoses and save human lives. That’s what we want people. To save humans.
5. Performance enhancing drugs like steroids and HGH would make humans better.
Better focus and drive.
I’m all for self enhancement. Do whatever it takes to be the best.
If people want an advantage give them one. This would result in bigger accomplishments and getting more work done.
Less people would suffer the negative side effects that come along with taking PEDs because they would now feel safe opening up to their doctors about taking them.
In turn they could be professionally monitored and reduce the risk of inflicting damage upon themselves when all they ever wanted in the first place was to be a better human.
6. The Mexican cartel would lose power.
No one kills more people than the mexican cartels. 60,000 killed in the last 5 years.
That doesn’t need to happen. When all drugs become legal majority of the illegal activity surrounding them vanish.
Why are the Mexican cartels so powerful? Oh yeah, because drugs are illegal.
This isn’t rocket science.
7. People wouldn’t have to drive out of their neighborhood to ‘shady’ parts of town to score drugs.
I know of someone who died in Paterson, New Jersey trying to score heroin. Most people would call that person an idiot, and they might be right, but when an addict needs a fix they will do a lot of dumb stuff to get it.
When all drugs become legal obtaining them will no longer turn into an adventure that can lead to death or jail. You will go to the pharmacy where it’s safe. Where the customer is always right.
8. People would be less addicted.
Let me be clear. This is not a PSA for drugs.
Taking drugs and drinking everyday is not a smart idea. I do not do that.
In fact as I write this I haven’t taken a drug or had a sip of alcohol in over two months.
It’s not what winners do and it’s a one way ticket to losing.
Let’s be honest though, if Crack was legal would you start smoking it?
No, you probably wouldn’t. Crack would still be wack.
That mural shown above by Keith Haring still stands and it stands for good reason.
9. Families wouldn’t fall apart.
Our family structure is falling apart. Dads are ripped away from their families and thrown in prison. Moms are having their kids killed and taken away because of marijuana.
It’s ridiculous. It needs to stop.
There’s no need for the utter lack of common sense. There’s no need for the inhumane treatment.
— Anyone’s Child (@anyoneschild) August 7, 2015
10. Babies wouldn’t be born addicted to drugs.
If drugs were legal clinics that distributed them would not supply pregnant women with drugs like street dealers do.
I don’t know if you knew this but street dealers are ruthless.
Like most people who only care about a dollar, they will do anything to make that money.
That includes selling to a pregnant woman.
I understand why though.
When you make drugs illegal and leave it up to the streets to conduct business a set of certain rules get put into place.
Street rules. Laws you have to follow to survive on your block.
You can’t ever look soft or lose a customer to the next man. If you do it means loss of your corner and even death.
That’s just the way it is.
11. Addicts wouldn’t rob, steal and kill to get high.
They wouldn’t have to rob anyone.
Home invasions aren’t happening because people want cigarettes and beer. (Those things are legal)
Home invasions are happening over drugs and drug money.
12. The number of prostitutes would be cut in half over night.
Don’t know if you knew this but majority of women sell sex to feed their addiction.
That’s fucked up.
When all drugs are legal people don’t need to sacrifice their bodies just to get high.
The aftermath would leave true sex professionals that were cleaner and healthier.
Sex should never be forced. It should happen naturally.
Sex heals. Sex is good.
Sex on drugs can be even better.
All the people want is to just be better.
13. Animals take drugs.
Like the true taoist sages, we can learn a lot from nature. From eating habits to exercise to how to avoid natural disasters.
The fact that animals purposely get intoxicated means we can too.
Check out the book “Intoxication” by Ronald K Siegel. Here’s a really cool passage from it:
“After sampling the numbing nectar of certain orchids, bees drop to the ground in a temporary stupor, then weave back for more. Birds gorge themselves on inebriating berries, then fly with reckless abandon. Cats eagerly sniff aromatic “pleasure” plants, then play with imaginary objects. Cows that browse special range weeds will twitch, shake and stumble back to the plants for more. Elephants purposely get drunk off fermented fruits. Snacks of “magic mushrooms” cause monkeys to sit with their heads in their hands in a posture reminiscent of Rodin’s Thinker. The pursuit of intoxication by animals seems as purposeless as it is passionate. Many animals engage these plants, or their manufactured allies, despite the danger of toxic or poisonous effects.”
14. Less people would be shot and killed by the police.
Cops would treat random stops a lot different.
Instead of police seeing citizens as the enemy they would start seeing them as fellow citizens.
Instead of citizens seeing cops as evil, they would start seeing them as keepers of the peace.
Isn’t this what the police are supposed to be in the first place?
Even cops are starting to realize what a failure the war on drugs is. Ever hear of the organization called LEAP? It stands for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. They get it. They have A LOT of good information and articles on their website. Which can be found at www.leap.cc.
15. Less police would be shot and killed by criminals.
Go back to reason 14.
16. Drugs would be cheaper.
“Before it became a crime to sell drugs, he had many patients who used them -but things had been very different then. They had bought their opiates, including morphine and heroin, at a low price from their local pharmacist. They were sold in bottles as “remedies” or little helpers,” for everything from a chest infection to the blues. One of the most popular was called “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup,” of which each ounce you bought contained 65 milligrams of pure morphine. The vast majority of people who bought them, he recalled, used them without a problem. Most people, even addicts, used them in low doses.”
17. Our streets and our homes would be safer.
Nobody is breaking into houses for cigarette money.
When all drugs are legal street crime decreases significantly.
No more taking the long way home from school.
18. Turf wars would be a thing of the past.
Rite aid employees aren’t serving up buck 50s to the cashiers at the Walgreens.
19. We could stop pretending to invade countries like Afghanistan because of “terrorists”.
They would just tell us straight up, “Yo we over here for the opiates fam, they got the purest in the game.”
Is it a coincidence that ever since we’ve invaded Afghanistan we all of the sudden have a huge opiate problem?
FYI weed was invented in Afghanistan. By God.
20. Nobody has ever overdosed from Marijuana.
“Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug. Laboratory animals (rats, mice, dogs, monkeys) can tolerate doses of up to 1,000 mg/kg. This would be equivalent to a 70 kg person swallowing 70 grams of the drug—about 5,000 times more than is required to produce a high. Despite the widespread illicit use of cannabis there are very few if any instances of people dying from an overdose. ” – See more at: drugwarfacts.org
21. Rehab would be a cool place to go and would have much deeper resources for mind body and spirit.
Addiction isn’t a disease. It isn’t something you are stuck with for life.
It can be unlearned like all habits. It’s time to stop treating addicts like lepers.
Every life has genuine value. Every life is something to be treasured.
Like most of us, addicts need to learn self love. To truly embody it and feel it.
When you love yourself you don’t punish yourself.
You start to build on yourself and only take part in habits that benefit you.
Rehabs need to teach this more instead of labeling someone with a ‘disease’ for life. That’s bad programming.
The 12 step program barely has a 50% success rate. Time to wake up and open our eyes to what really works and what doesn’t.
22. CASES OF HIV AND HEPATITIS C WOULD DECREASE
“What’s more, prohibition creates health risks that wouldn’t exist in a legal market. Because prohibition raises heroin prices, users have a greater incentive to inject because this offers a bigger bang for the buck. Plus, prohibition generates restrictions on the sale of clean needles (because this might “send the wrong message”). Many users therefore share contaminated needles, which transmit HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. In 2010, 8 percent of new HIV cases in the United States were attributed to IV drug use.”
23. The U.S. Economy would improve their budget by at least 85 billion dollars.
It costs a lot of money to enforce prohibition.
Combined that with the lost revenue we would collect on taxes and boom, that’s a lot of paper.
Last time I checked, we could use the money.
24. People actually use drugs less often when they are legal.
Because telling people not to do something just makes them want to do it that much more.
25. Billie Holiday would have lived longer.
Bille Holiday was born in 1915, a few months after the Harrison Act. The first law banning cocaine and heroin. Her mom was a prostitute and her dad died of pneumonia in the South because he couldn’t find a hospital that would treat a black man. She was then forced to move to Baltimore to live with her grandmother, in a place called Pigtown. It was called that because it was one of the last places in America to get a working sewer system. So piles of shit used to burn all day and night next to the shacks they lived in.
Through all that she somehow went on to become one of the most legendary singers in American History. Until Harry Anslinger got to her.
Check out this article about how Harry Anslinger made it his mission to destroy Billie Holiday’s life. He somehow thought that if he could take out Billie Holiday he could stop everyone from doing drugs. In the process he sent her to jail numerous times and eventually was the cause of her death.
Read “Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs,” By Johann Hari. Buy it here on Amazon.
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