We are going to move on from my last post about alcohol to harder substances. Addiction is a terrifying thing. For anyone who has ever been the victim to it or have had anyone in their lives affected by it, you know just how terrifying it can be. Lives have been shattered from it and relationships have been destroyed.
So what do we do about t?
I Don’t Know
To be honest, I don’t know what the best route to take is when it comes to addiction and those who get arrested as a result of their addictions. I do know though, that immediately locking people up for years on end is not the answer.
I don’t have the exact numbers or data so I cannot speak based of statistics, but I can imagine that the amount of money paid spent on housing these inmates through taxpayer money would be absolutely shocking. I think I can also safely imagine that the amounts it would cost to put these “criminals” in treatment facilities as opposed to jail cells couldn’t be that much more, if at all.
Think about it. If someone is caught with any kind of illegal substance that they are addicted to and they are thrown in jail. Do you really think this will be enough motivation and help for most people to kick the habit?
I myself am fortunate enough to say that I have never been personally inflicted with any kind of addiction, but I could only imagine being put in jail would only make me count down the days until I could use again.
One of the most common arguments used for those who are in support of marijuana reform is that if alcohol is legal, why shouldn’t pot be legal? I feel like this has been a dead horse beaten for a while now but very briefly; no one has ever died directly from pot, you don’t “black out,” and you tend to not make irrational or life altering decisions that alcohol seems to be so common in inducing. When was the last time you saw someone get in a fight over a ridiculous argument because they took one hit too many? Yeah, I never have either.
Back to the Money
As I mentioned on my first post, money seems to have a lot of swing when it comes to important decisions and this seems to be a common theme when it comes to drug and alcohol reform.
I am definitely one of those guys who is against corporations and the amount of power they seem to have when it comes to very important decisions that effect our country. I don’t think I need to waste any time in listing and describing the obvious dangers when it comes to alcohol. I don’t have the exact numbers but thousands of people die every year, both directly and indirectly from alcohol.
Lives have been shattered because of alcohol and yet, we can flip to any channel on TV and we will end up seeing a beer commercial of some sort. Why do you think that is? It’s because of the corporations, their wallets, and the amount of persuasion that can be bought with those wallets. Could you imagine if there was another prohibition on alcohol? These are billion dollar companies we are talking about here and if you think they are going to simply “go away” because of some laws than you are out of your mind.
Stay tuned for updates!
Now that I have touched on the legalization of marijuana on my last post, I figured I would try and shed some light on my own personal opinions in regards to some of the criticisms with marijuana and it’s legalization. The most common argument I have heard when it comes to the opposition of legalization for any purpose, is that marijuana is a “gateway” to other harder drugs.
I cannot recall the amount of times that I have heard someone say, “I know that pot isn’t that bad for you directly, but that’s how it starts and then the next thing you know they have moved on to heroin!”
Let’s Be Reasonable Here
Now granted, I think it is pretty safe to assume that the vast majority of people who have gotten caught up in an addiction to any really hard drugs probably smoked a little bit of marijuana before they jumped straight to shooting up.
That being said, I think it is also just as safe to assume that those who lit up a joint probably drank some hard liquor before they decided to do so. We can go ever further and assume that those who drank hard liquor probably started off with beer before they moved on.
Do you see where I am going with this? Where do we draw the line when it comes to “upgrading” drug choices? We need to look at the substance on its own and determine just how harmful it really is instead of speculating the worst case scenario for non-violent offenders.
If you check out my first post you know what this page is going to be about. Now I will start this by giving credit where it is due. America has definitely been taking the steps in the right direction in regards to marijuana, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. As I am sure a lot of you know, there are a number of states that have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana for patients that are seen suitable for such treatment. We have even seen the first states to legalize the drug completely, for both medicinal and recreational use.
What No One is Talking About
So there was obviously a lot of talk around these states when the proposals were originally placed on the ballots. The talk came from both ends of the argument. I recall countless reporters and stories in regards to peoples fear when it comes to legalizing marijuana, both recreational or medicinally.
Now that the ballots were passed and pot has been legalized in a few states, I don’t hear anyone from the opposing side using any kind of facts or statistics from these states in order to strengthen their arguments. I wonder why that is?
Oh yeah; the legalization has brought nothing but positive outcomes.
In addition to the number of jobs that were created from the reform, there has been MILLIONS of dollars made through taxes and regulations of the plant. There is simply no logical argument anymore when it comes to legalizing weed and if there is, please enlighten me because I cannot seem to find any. Thanks for listening to me and my ranting.
Fortunately, I don’t seem to be the only one anymore who sees that there is an absolute epidemic going on in the United States today in regards to the war on drugs. I don’t think I need to waste too much time on explaining what I mean by this but I will give a general overview of my thoughts and opinions on what is going on.
Show Me the Money!
Anyone who doesn’t believe that the war on drugs is fueled by money hungry politicians and other leaders are absolutely and completely delusional. There are people spending THE REST OF THEIR LIVES in prison for minor drug offenses. I am talking minor. For anyone out there that might not be aware of this, the United States has a 3 strike policy. If you get in trouble for something 3 times then you get life in prison. That means, if you are unfortunate enough to get caught with something as simple and as minor as a joint 3 times, you are sentenced to life in prison with no parole.
Can someone tell me how there hasn’t been a complete revolt against the government yet??
Any End in Sight?
Now I am not calling for an armed rebellion against the government or anything crazy like that, but there absolutely needs to be a real and honest discussion about what is going on. We need to focus all of this attention on treatment and rehabilitation, as opposed to punishment. It is FAR too common that a rapist or violent criminal is spending less time behind bars than someone who simply made a bad choice and lit up a joint or got caught up with the wrong people.
Something needs to be done and I hope this blog can be a place where we can start this discussion and open dialogue.