Portuguese, Please

Enough is enough.

It’s time to end the War on Drugs. How many tens of billions of dollars have been wasted since Richard Nixon started the cockamamie idea decades ago? While ‘street’ drugs are all all against the law and medical marijuana is still being treated as a narcotic (even though numerous states have voted for it to be legal), big PHARMA is raking in billions of dollars off Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin, etc., and the government and politicians are raking in the dough.

An even bigger problem involves the fact that people are just being punished. You’re caught with a bag of dope, you get drug tested. You get caught with some meth, you are sent to jail. Uh, that doesn’t do anything for anyone except (sigh) give more money to the local and federal government. It’s all about the Benjamins, I know, but it’s still so twisted it makes shake my head in disgust.

The U.S needs to go the route of countries like Portugal and HELP drug abusers (marijuana smokers are not drug addicts because nobody ever died from smoking marijuana), and it pays off for humanity in the end. It’s sick how careless the U.S. is towards those with addictions, unless you’re a celebrity or rich or famous.

Prohibition was damn near 100 years ago! But still, alcohol is another cash cow for government and business. Bars thrive (and survive) from alcohol drinkers. Get a DUI? You’re paying a large sum to the courts, judges, local government, etc. And the lack of health benefits associated with heavy alcohol use is staggering, but it is conveniently overlooked because of the almighty dollar.

Yet, somehow people continue to live their lives while getting sclerosis of the liver. Who knew. But that one guy who smoked those two joints, he might die soon…

The fact is that people will continue to live their lives however they see fit. It’s been that way since the beginning of time.

There is a very definitive difference between using drugs and being a proponent of getting those drugs out in the streets (such as dealers targeting children in junior high who couldn’t tell the difference between a cigarette and a joint). I’m not advocating that kind of behavior. But what I am preaching for is rational leaders who can be honest with themselves and this country, look in the mirror and admit that the war isn’t working. It never has.

It’s time for the average folk to do more than just look the other way because once you fall for one thing, then you will fall for anything.

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