2nd term for Obama - Marijuanna

Discussion in 'Politics' started by SNBthetrue, Jul 17, 2010.

Legalize it and ge reelected ( no Jail for Junkie )

Poll closed Aug 21, 2011.
  1. May work

    7 vote(s)
  2. May not work

    2 vote(s)
  3. minor issue... no value.

    10 vote(s)
  1. 377OHMS


    I have a sincere question. If marijuana is legalized and taxed what will happen to the cartels in Mexico?

    Will they just peacefully disband or switch over to importing cocaine and heroin?
    #11     Jul 18, 2010
  2. Exactly. The cartels aren't interested in making sure everyone can smoke weed. They are interested in making massive profits. If marijuana is legalized the ability to hold a monopoly through violence and profit off that drug will decrease and they will switch to whatever is profitable.
    #12     Jul 18, 2010
  3. If you are implying that everyone will start using cocaine and heroin instead, just because marijuana is legalized, you are dreaming.... marijuana is socially acceptable which is why we are talking about this right now. As for cocaine and heroin.... the money spent on the drug war would focus on drugs like that, making it harder for them to get into the country and become more expensive.
    #13     Jul 18, 2010
  4. "Results of the drug policy
    Cannabis use among adults in Europe

    In the Netherlands 9.7% of young adults (aged 15–24) consume soft drugs once a month, comparable to the level in Italy (10.9%) and Germany (9.9%) and less than in the UK (15.8%) and Spain (16.4%),[20] but higher than in, for example, Sweden (3%), Finland or Greece.[21] The monthly prevalence of drugs other than cannabis among young people (15-24) was 4% in 2004, that was above the average (3%) of 15 compared countries in EU. However, seemingly few transcend to becoming problem drug users (0.3%), well below the average (0.52%) of the same compared countries.[21]

    The reported number of deaths linked to the use of drugs in the Netherlands, as a proportion of the entire population, is lower than the EU average.[22] The Dutch government is able to support approximately 90% of help-seeking addicts with detoxification programs. Treatment demand is rising.[23]

    Criminal investigations into more serious forms of organized crime mainly involve drugs (72%). Most of these are investigations of hard drug crime (specifically cocaine and synthetic drugs) although the number of soft drug cases is rising and currently accounts for 69% of criminal investigations.[23]"

    #14     Jul 18, 2010
  5. No, this is just wrong.
    Tobacco addiction has declined dramatically over the years, coincident with a prohibition against TV ads. While the tobacco companies have tried all kinds of other ways of getting at people, those ways have obviously not been as effective as good old TV.
    Fast foods, OTOH, are very heavily advertised. Between McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeye's, Wendy's, Coke, Pepsi, ads for sugary and salty snacks of every imaginable type, and even convenience foods that people eat because they don't have time to cook a full dinner (macaroni & cheese, frozen TV dinners, etc.) or diving into the nearest diner for anything from a cheeseburger and fries to shrimp scampi, well, it's a wonder we all don't drop dead at 35 from massive heart attacks.
    Also, it's expensive to eat well compared to junk food and high fat stuff in general. Fruits and vegetables and fruit juices are a lot more expensive to buy than soda, potato chips, pork and beans, sausage, and ground beef.
    So, you're attempting to extrapolate from our experience with something that's very heavily advertised and cheap and is, after all, necessary to survive - people gotta eat - to something that's optional, wouldn't be advertised you can be sure, and may or may not be expensive, depending on what happens after drug prohibition would be lifted.
    Not a remotely valid comparison. Comparison with tobacco after TV ads were prohibited suggests a far less alarming picture. Remember as well that unlike tobacco, this would start with an already heavy stigma attached to it. Tobacco had no such stigma attached for a long time.
    #15     Jul 18, 2010
  6. Do you think there would be similar rates of drug use when other more addictive/hard drugs come into play?

    By the way, I don't have a problem with the legalization of cannabis, only drugs that have historically shown to destroy entire countries.
    #16     Jul 18, 2010
  7. You need to look at the real world. After the US drove the taliban out of office in Afghanistan there was no longer any enforcement of the ban on poppy cultivation nor on opium use (Surprisingly the Taliban made it illegal to cultivate poppy and use it). You said you thought all drugs should be legal, right? Once it became possible to once again cultivate poppy and use it addiction rates soared. Now over 2 million people are drug addicts. That is over 7% of the country.

    Last time I checked there wasn't much of an advertising industry in Afghanistan.

    Oh and your idea of a negative stigma. You would think after the Afghanistan people saw thousands of homeless addicts dying in the streets addiction rates would lower, right? Looks like you don't give enough credit to the power of some of these drugs.

    #17     Jul 18, 2010
  8. From your own cite:

    More Afghans fled the Soviets than are heroin addicts. Five times as many, actually.
    The country was destroyed well before opium use became a problem again. You're trying to compare one of the poorest countries on the planet, a country that hasn't known a year of peace in decades, to a country that hasn't had a war fought on its own soil since 1865, and that happens to be the richest country on the planet.
    Afghanistan is a supply region. A supply region is a place that has one or a very few exports, and those exports are commodities that the world wants very much. For Saudi Arabia it's oil; for Argentina, it's beef; for Afghanistan, it's opium.
    Supply regions are known to be screwed-up places because you're either on the inside making or distributing the export commodity in question, or on the outside, and if the commodity doesn't bring in enough to pay off the populace, that means you're poor. Iraq and Iran are oil supply regions where the oil doesn't bring in enough to pay off the populace, and are therefore far more comparable to Afghanistan; not surprisingly, both are subject to bouts of internal civil strife, as you know.
    The U.S. isn't remotely comparable. If we'd just gone through thirty years of civil war and invasion, and had tens of millions of war refugees, and had warlords dividing up the country, then maybe you might have a case.
    If heroin were made legal tomorrow, employers would still be able to fire you for being addicted to it. Remember, even with marijuana, a user is taking the gamble that he won't be fired from his place of work for using it. That would be a pretty strong disincentive to a sudden spike in use. That disincentive doesn't exist in Afghanistan.
    Below is the legal framework for employers dealing with alcohol addiction. Employed people aren't going to subject themselves to an addictive drug in Afghan-like numbers, not when they can be subject to termination of employment.
    Alarmism of this sort is what keeps the drug war going. I shouldn't have to waste my time arguing the US isn't Afghanistan; that should be obvious.

    #18     Jul 18, 2010
  9. uhhhhh.... nope
    #19     Jul 18, 2010